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Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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Mar 2010
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gehazi mann
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Jun 2013
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Christophe Denoize
France
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Aug 2012
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Robert Seater
United States
Ashland
Massachusetts
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Feed me...games...
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Sep 2014
the navigation-as-drawing-blindfolded mechanic is brilliant. The rest of the game is not only thin, it is actually degenerate. There is a group-loss condition that any player can easily bring about, so anybody who is losing will simply nuke the game for everybody. Played as a perfect coop, the game has some hope.

As printed: rating = 3
As a coop: rating = 6
2014-09-07
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Eric Flood
United States
San Francisco
California
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3.5
Jan 2014
Initial impressions:

Not as fun as I had hoped. There are some serious rules oddities that need clearing up. Basic game is somewhat necessary for a first play (played advanced the first time; disastrous), but terribly boring.

Took a long time with 5 players. Would hope to speed it up in the future.
2009-04-22
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Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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Bloooooop.
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Bluuuuuurp.
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Sep 2012
Man, this game is sooooo close to being awesome! The blind drawing mechanic, with the other sailors on the boat being able to give you minor guidance is awesome. The fine line between when you want to be helpful vs. when you want to bone over the captain is also pretty cool. Even the goods delivery concept is pretty neat.

However, in the end, the elements just don't quite come together in a way that feels quite right. The main problem seems to be that the maps are slightly too difficult, making successful deliveries a little too much on the tedious side, which therefore makes contracts a little too hard to fulfill.

The game also lasts far too long for what it is. This would make a great hour long game. Several hours though, and the gimmick starts to wear a bit.

In the end, this game is just a little more development away from probably being a 7 or an 8.
2012-09-13
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Patrick Korner
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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May 2006*
With some rules tweaks this could be good, but it feels like an uneasy meld between two games at cross purposes - an economic / trading game and a raucous party game. Some very clever ideas, but the execution falls flat.
2006-05-02*
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Peer Sylvester
Germany
Berlin
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Mar 2007*
Great concept of manoevering the ship blindly to the destinations and put sailors for control. But way, way, WAY to long. It should have more concebtrated on that part.
2007-03-14*
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Allan Mertner
United Kingdom
London
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Aug 2007*
The mechanism where you have to draw with your eyes closed to sail is cute, but not enough to make this a good game...
2007-08-06*
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Maurizio Bignoli
Italy
Novara
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Oct 2007*
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Herman Budde
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Apr 2010
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Gordon Hua
United States
California
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Aug 2010
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Adam Tucker
United States
Warren
Michigan
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Sep 2009*
Initial impression - limited plays
2009-12-15
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Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
Asturias
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Aug 2012
Laughs and more laughs. a game that won't see table too often, but I loved it. It's worth the price. It's a kind of deep filler, next time probably we would play it more seriously hehehe
2010-05-05
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Frank Rudloff
Germany
Essen
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Jan 2010*
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Tony Hsu
Taiwan
Hsinchu City
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Mar 2010
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Marco van Gasteren
Netherlands
Den Haag
Unspecified
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Feb 2012
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Roman Heinzinger
Austria
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Apr 2011
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Peter T Davies
United Kingdom
Crewe
Cheshire
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Dec 2011
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Denis Fischer
Germany
Aachen
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Oct 2012
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Joe Masinter
United States
San Francisco
California
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Nov 2014
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Ingo Perings
Germany
Königswinter
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Jul 2015
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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Apr 2004*
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Juergen Janik
Germany
Mannheim
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Feb 2003*
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Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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May 2004*
Enjoyed the very different travel mechanism, the final contract- fulfilling part didn't work for me.
2004-05-02*
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Kristian Amundsen Østby
Norway
Langhus
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Jun 2011
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Scott Nicholson
Canada
Brantford
Ontario
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Oct 2004*
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KC Humphrey
United States
Gresham
Oregon
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May 2005*
6 after 1 play - we were poor shipmasters to say the least.
2005-05-13*
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Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Oct 2005*
Fun maneuvering your ships to port, but the trade system is a bit shallow for the game to shine, overall.
2009-05-29
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Chris Boote
United Kingdom
Virginia Water
Surrey
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Jan 2006*
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Kevin Gonzalez
United States
Athens
Georgia
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Sep 2006*
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Matthew Bond
United Kingdom
Norwich
Norfolk
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Dec 2009*
The "close you eyes and navigate your ship around a map" bit is a real hoot, but the serious part lets it down a bit. However, I have only played the basic game and the advanced rules look likely to add a bit more strategy and balance, which is to be welcomed.
2009-10-02
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Joshua Buergel
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Apr 2007*
The blind drawing is certainly a unique mechanism, and a fun one, and it carries this game. The rest of it is only so-so, so if the idea of drawing blind with dry-erase markers doesn't wind you up, skip it.
2007-04-18*
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Ewout H
Netherlands
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Nov 2008*
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Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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Nov 2011
Picked up in Essen. Two versions, basic and advanced. Played the basic game with 4 and we had a blast! The blind navigation was fun, but Amsterdam (the game) kicked our butts.

2014: played with the designer and had fun with it again. Very dependent on the group. Much more enjoyable if you are not very good at it. I had an amazing run on one trip that had us all cheering, but also one where I navigated off the edge of the map!
2014-08-30
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Hans van der Drift
Australia
Bulimba
Qld
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Nov 2007*
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Mark Casiglio
United States
Bethany
Connecticut
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Sep 2008*
One play ... basic game. A little overly long for what it is (90 mins?!? Our first game took about 3 hours), and I can see being left without much of a meaningful decision in the last few rounds if the right combination of contracts and goods aren't out there for you ... but I've never come across a more fun combination of strategy and party game. One wonders how it would hold up to repeated play, and I can't see playing the nearly impossible looking advanced game. I could see incorporating components of it ... like placing your workers individually ... but the whole contract bidding system just looks fatal. Anxious to give this another try and see if we can't speed it up a little.
2007-09-30*
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nathan hayden
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Mar 2015
Great navigation part! = 8. I don't think the negotiation part actually works.
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men
Spain
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Jan 2008*
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Brian
United States
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Dec 2007*
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Graham Lockwood
Australia
Blacktown
NSW
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Jun 2008*
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Kermit Rickenberg
United States
Kissimmee
Florida
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Jan 2011
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Bernhard Naegele
Germany
Wernau
Baden-Württemberg
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Mar 2009*
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Mark Price
England
Howden
East Riding of Yorkshire
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Apr 2010
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Detlef Dölling
Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Apr 2010
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Warren Adams
Australia
Lathlain
Western Australia
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Aug 2010
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Jay Mata
Philippines
Quezon City
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Feb 2014
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Andre Viana
Brazil
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Jun 2012
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Tiago Duarte
Portugal
2870-122 Montijo
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We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
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Mar 2014
It's a fun game, but it takes toooooo long for what it is.
2014-03-24
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Enrico Viglino
United States
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona
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Oct 2013
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