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Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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10
Jul 2012
(2-4) - 90 Min.
2010-02-03
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Monica Rehaug
Norway
Ler
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10
Feb 2011
Plays well with 2,3 and 4 players.

What's not to love?
Interesting use of dice.
What I like about this game:
- Do you take cards you can easily get out, or try to take cards that may benefit you later, but may take a while to get out?
- Planning ahead; what color dice to pick?
- Lots to manage; the wall, the districts, shipping, dice, prestige points.
2011-08-14
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Drew
United States
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2010
Wow, okay, so this is really a bit more brain-bendy than comments led me to believe. Some are complaining that it's luck-driven. This is and it isn't true. What there is, is randomness.

There is randomness in the dice -- but they merely determine how many cubes of certain colors will be available on given turns. And everyone has the same options to select from.

There is randomness in how the cards come out -- but, as with a game like El Grande, you want to try to choose first each round so you can draft the best cards.

So the randomness affects all players equally.

Much is made of the cube selection mechanism, and it is pretty cool. But the most important thing is the card selection. Like many great hand-management games, you need to familiarize yourself with cards to figure out which combinations work best. It's here where the replay value comes in. In fact, I can't imagine properly evaluating this game after one or two plays. But one play was enough for me to determine that I really want to play this more.


UPDATE: Once you get the basic mechanisms down, the strategies begin to emerge.

The more I play this game, the more I find myself looking ahead to the type of office cards that will be coming out on successive turns, which turns they'll be up for grabs, and then using that information to determine which cubes to take in the current round, and when I need to jump ahead on the turn-order track to get what I need when I need it. Yes, there really is an opportunity for planning ahead in this game.

Best Alea Big-Box since Puerto Rico. In fact, this should be top-50 material.
2010-08-25
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Sheldon Smith
United States
Alta Loma
California
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10
Feb 2013
The more I play, the better it gets. Great use of dice to employ an action point allowance system. Players must manage the benefit of getting little cubes early vs. more later. Gaining money is also important in order to gain VPs through the tribute track.

Many interweaving things to consider, and player interaction is mostly focused on who gets what first - whether it be shipping an item, taking a card, or placing an ownership token in the city quarters. Takes about 90-120 minutes to play. There is some slight downtime with reading the text on the cards, but after more games are played the cards become more familiar and 2nd nature.

This is an excellent game with relatively little to complain about. Everything works well. While the gameplay is smooth, the struggle to do what you would like is anything but! There is a noticeable pace to the game. Towards the end there is a "critical mass" buildup with the combinations of cards players accumulate. Some brainburning is involved to decipher the best timing of actions, what resources to get, and the best order to use the activated cards.

Stefan Feld is becoming one of the "sure bets" in boardgame design, and is one I will continue to look out for in the future. Grade: A+
2013-06-21
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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10
Nov 2011
I really enjoyed this one. Like some of Feld's other games, you have to manage something so you don't take negative points. This one you have to manage your cards and getting action cubes for each turn. Easier said than done. Well, if you focus on it, it's not an issue. But it's easy enough to go astray. Lots of different scoring that you need to contend with. I don't think you can let something go and still win. I also enjoyed the mechanic of getting action cubes AND how the cards worked. It added pressure and choices. You can long term plan in this one. Also, you can set yourself up for the big turn, as well. Overall, it was fun, tense and close. I played this with two people.

I liked with four just as much. My new comment:

It's what you can make and plan for out of randomness.

I think that sums it up for me.

April '10 - quickly becoming one of my two or three favorite Alea games. Who am I kidding, this ranks right behind PR for me in Alea games and one of my favorite games at the moment.

November 2011 - A 10. I have now played 19 games of this, mostly 2 player. With playing so many games, I have a great feel on what cards are in the deck and how the cards work together. I try to let the early cards I draw dictate my plan. I have discovered that the four cube single color cards are not difficult to get down...you just have to plan for it down the road. A big key is to grab the joker card for the cube of any color. This way you can just about get any four color cube card down in a reasonable amount of time and cash in the bennies. Both my friend and I leave shipping more towards the end of the game and wall position is key. You do not want to get stuck in last for the whole game. Stay cose so when you decide you need to pick first, you can. Just a ton of stuff to consider. Also, with two, we blaze through a game in about 45 minutes or so. The second 10 I have bestowed on an Alea game.
2011-11-04
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Stefanie Kethers
Australia
Melbourne
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10
Aug 2011
If only the English translation were better...
2011-02-15
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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10
May 2011
Typical alea. Thoughful, resource-juggling, largely solitaire. A Delight.

Acquiring the right cards (which to some extent depends on your turn-order position) plus choosing cubes to activate the cards and then exploit the card powers seems key - the equivalent of the game’s economic engine. Maximising the number of times you can use the prestige bar to buy VP is important (and choosing the right turns to forgo the purchase). Buying town tiles and delivering them has always seemed a weaker strategy in our games, but maybe we just haven't seen anyone really go for it in this way yet.

Uprated to 9 after 8 plays (of the German edition). After 9 plays of the German edition I now have an English copy. Uprated to 10 after 24 plays.
2011-05-03
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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Aug 2013
plan your resource gathering way ahead with dice, lots of cards, tough decisions, very fun
2010-05-12
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Nathan Trimmer
United States
West Jefferson
Ohio
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10
Jul 2011
Hands down, my favorite release from the last few years. The wind rose provides an incredible twist on action selection and breathes new life into pick up and deliver style games.
2012-01-02
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Jack
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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10
Mar 2011
My absolute favorite crisis management game. It has many different avenues to collect points with lots of tough, important choices. Do you use your cubes to move you ship closer to a port to deliver your goods, or do you use them to get further along the turn order wall or do you use them to take over a city quarter? Amidst all of these decisions, you have to choose whether you want less cubes now or more cubes later and have to keep your tableau moving as every card you acquire above 5 is -3 points. This may go up to a 10 with additional plays. Excellent depth, controlled chaos, and oodles of fun!

Update following my first 4p game. Wow, I didn't think it could get better, but it did. It is incredible. Macao is just one of those games that I can't get enough of.
2012-02-29
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Ken Thibodeau
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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10
Jul 2012
Card combos is the central mechanism in this game. You have to adapt to what cards will show up through the game and make the best out of those you get. Each card provides a different benefit
2010-06-07
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Daniel Brown
United States
Cumming
Georgia
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10
Nov 2014
Good Euro nothing new but nothing bad about it.
2010-06-03
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Robin Næss
Norway
Torp
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10
Nov 2011
Stefan Feld - you are now officially my game designer of choice. I will buy everything you ever produce so do not
let me down. Love the multiple roads to victory and the creative use of the dice and rondell. You have inspired me to better my designing capabilities in every way.
2012-07-29
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Kathleen Nugent
United States
Tamworth
New Hampshire
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10
Sep 2011
Gets better and better the more times I play it.

3.1 game weight
2014-08-25
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Jimmy Smith
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Jul 2012
Cubes...lots...and lots...of cubes. That's a good thing though. I really like the resource mechanic in this game, where taking more cubes means you get them in a much later round, but you need to make sure you have SOMETHING to use in EVERY round.
2011-02-17
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Jeff DeBoer
United States
Jacksonville
Oregon
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10
Nov 2010
Amazingly good game with many games within the game to focus on and the 120+ building people cards and 24 offices create endless ways to play...as good of replayability as I've ever seen.....I've seen people win by playing a low risk/high return of drafting the cheapest cards and I've seen someone win by high-risk/high return taking the more difficult cards and even getting punished for them and still winning...seen a building strategy and shipping strategy and city district strategy all win as well as a balanced strategy, so this trully is a multiple paths to victory game,where others make the claim but do not live up to it, like Macao......the rosewind/dice decisions really are challenging and fun trying to find the right balance between short-term and long-term returns.
2010-11-29
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Ramsay Jackson
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Apr 2012
Rating should increase with more plays. Still getting a good feel for the game. So far, it seems too rushed and I think it would be a more interactive game with more players competing for ports, city quarters, and wall position.
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Tried with 4 and the game didn't feel rushed at all. In fact, it felt quite long (2-2.5 hours). It was still a very fun experience, but now I'd like to try it with 3, to see if that's its sweet spot.
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This is becoming my favourite 2 player game. Just the right mix of randomness from the dice and cards (but I wouldn't call it "luck") and some good old fashioned brain burning strategy to make this a fantastic game.
I would say it's best with 2 really since I don't think that competition for ports or city quarters adds much to the game. A few more plays, and this one might become a 10!
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Best with 3 because it increases the tension, but doesn't drag too long between turns. Easily one of my favourites and makes me want to try every single Feld design.
2012-06-08
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Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
Dec 2010
Components and artwork are excellent. Theme is good too. Size of box perfect. Mechanics are original and work excellently. Lots of decisions. Planning ahead, having to amend plans according to dice/cards. Some say too much luck - I don't. I agree with the idea that there is randomness which every one has to manage. This randomness does not lead to chaos, but rather I would argue adds to the replayability of the game. A must buy.
2010-12-29
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Will Moller
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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10
Dec 2012
So. Much. Fun.
2013-10-11
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Pasvik -
Germany
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10
Feb 2011
My favorite of 2009!
And now - after almost 2 years: Still my all time favorite. I love this game!
2011-06-05
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EXTRA AVOCADO! Sonderegger
United States
Folsom
CA
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10
Jul 2011
Card drafting, racing against the board, pick-up and deliver, turn order manipulation, hardcore cube pushing- it's got everything, and even more surprisingly it works. And in 12 turns, it neither outstays its welcome nor ever allows you to fully do what you want, making it rather addicting.
A perfect 10
2015-07-23
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Thomas Dorndorf
Germany
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10
Mar 2011
My favourite Stefan Feld Alea game.
2011-03-04
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Mikkel G. Kristiansen
Denmark
copenhagen
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10
Jan 2014
This game is marvelous!
2012-03-06
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Carl Garber
Canada
Vauxhall
Alberta
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10
Jan 2013
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I love this game! Right now I would prefer to play this over the two games (Rook and Settlers) that I have higher on my top 10. However, I've played those other two games waaay more than this one. If my enjoyment of Macao stays after another 40 plays or so it will definately move up my top 10 list! I would write more about this game but I have already written a review on it that you can check out if you want my full opinion on it.

win/loss: 30-7
longest winning streak: 10
current winning streak: 4
2014-07-28
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Kathy Sheets
United States
Port Saint Lucie
Florida
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10
Aug 2011
3-17-12-Played the best game ever tonight! 3p scores 75,74, 71 (me in the middle). Very intense! Didn't know who won till the very last second!

10-29-11-Omigosh how we love this one! It's just plain old fun, trying to figure out what cubes you're going to need, turning the windrose, picking out the cards, buying the sections of town, delivering goods on your cute little ship...and the best part is that no one can be sure who's winning until scoring is done at the end! Very easy to learn, gameplay makes sense.
2012-03-22
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Bryan Thunkd
United States
Florence
MA
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10
Dec 2012
This is a game that some people don't care for. Sure it has a neat new mechanic, the windrose dice wheel.. but for some it just doesn't really do enough different and there are a ton of cards to learn and it just doesn't work. Well, I love it. This is one of my favorite games. There is no real reason that I have to own this game. It's a little bit advanced for my kids as yet, and a friend owns it and brings it almost every time I might want to play it. Doesn't matter, I had to have this one.
2012-08-23
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Karl Hanf
United States
Billerica
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2013
Excellent game! The central mechanism -- few goods soon vs. many goods in the future -- is very fresh. Every game is different depending on the cards that happen to come out, but you can pick from them to try to make some synergy. And, of course, you don't just get them, you need to line up the right cubes to "activate" them some time in the future.
I also especially like the way that buying a city space combines 3 different considerations into one simple action: what is the cost, which good does it get you, and how does it help you make a long connected line of city spaces.
2015-03-28
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Łukasz Małecki
Poland
Oława
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10
Jan 2012
For me, this is a perfect blend of randomness, tactical play and planning. It's a rare game in the euro crowd, because it has almost tangible tension - like a great ameritrash. And while we're very often able to reach all our goals (activate all the cards, spend all the gold, gain control over sizeable districts), there's always that uncertainty looming above: am I able to pull it off?

Like in every good game, all your decisions matter. A game that makes you think after satisfying session: could I do it any better?

In my book - a masterpiecie.
2014-05-03
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Stasia Doster
United States
Sherman
Texas
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10
Jun 2014
A 'desert island' game for me. One of my favorites!
2013-03-09
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Starla Lester
United States
Las Cruces
New Mexico
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10
Dec 2013
There is enough going on in this game that a player could pick a different strategy nearly every time they play it, which means a) I can always think of something I should have done differently, and b) I always want to play it again. I love playing this one. The wheel is very innovative and adds to the strategy! This is perhaps my favorite Euro tied with Power Grid.
2012-10-27
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albo
Spain
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10
Apr 2015
Simple rules, deep and relatively quick (at least with 2 players) gameplay. It has the right balance between strategy and tactic that I like in games and provides the same feeling of acomplishment than Agricola, Puerto Rico and other favorites of mine.
2012-11-10
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Dave Gray
United States
Lehi
Utah
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10
Mar 2013
One of my favorite games. Lots of interesting decisions and seems very tight. I've only played 2p though, so it has been a very strategic experience.
2012-10-02
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Chris
United States
Broomfield
Colorado
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10
Feb 2015
It's a pretty fast one, maybe faster than CoB, which is a plus. After reading the rules, I was concerned that there wouldn't be enough action cubes to do anything, but it turns out you accumulate so many on the last turn you could sail all around the world and back. Like Trajan, you have to match up the colored cubes on the given turn in order to activate things, but there are 2 things to activate (cards and Macao city quarters) vs the 1 Trajan tile in Trajan. Much of the flavor of the game comes from the interaction of the activated card abilities, and these would seem to vary a great deal game to game, enough to make this eminently replayable. Like CoB and In the Year of the Dragon, there's the Feld variable turn order mechanic at play. Like the former (and unlike the latter), not being able to go first in this game does not necessarily mean that you lose. I like this more than Trajan because there is more randomization turn to turn with the rolls of dice.
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Second play with 4 took a lot longer than the first play with 3. So I may have to take back what I said about it being a fast one. But everything else is still true!
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All of the above mostly true on a third play, although it seems that the "double price for specific ware delivery" cards have won the winner the game each time.
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Like the best games, Macao just seems to get better with age. Either that or it hits its sweet spot around plays 4-8!
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After 15 plays or so, I unabashedly appreciate this game. The flavor comes from the card interplay, and there are so many different strategies to explore because of that, much more than the relatively obvious double price ware strategy. Upping from 9.
2015-02-08
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Danijel Vicković
Croatia
Zagreb
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10
Apr 2013
Only played once.
2015-01-07
Greg Cornell
United States
Corunna
Michigan
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10
Aug 2013
My second Stefan Feld game after Castles of Burgundy. I like the wind rose, the pick up and deliver play, the multiple ways to score. It's a very enjoyable Euro. My kind of game.
2013-08-12
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nicolae g
United Kingdom
London
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10
Oct 2014
another Feld that can't go wrong for me...
2014-10-11
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Colin Orr
United States
Norwalk
Connecticut
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10
Jan 2015
I think this is my favorite Feld. I generally prefer games that skew tactical over strategic, and the tactics in this game are awesome. Its the perfect balance between long and short term planning.
2015-01-27
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Imtiaz
Singapore
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10
May 2015
The 5th Feld game I've played, and I was mind-blown by this one. My best Feld so far; just edges out In the Year of the Dragon. Relentless pressure to think, think, think.

This game needs to be approached with a long term strategy... otherwise you'll be constantly engaged in firefighting and not score very high.
2015-05-02
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Tyler Armstrong
United States
Tennessee
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10
Jul 2015
Makes your head spin every single time. Another game that uses dice in a creative way to keep it very strategic with low luck.


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2015-04-15
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10
May 2015
A fantastic game! An instant-hit with the wife and me. Figuring out which dice to take, which cards to take, and which city tiles to buy make this a very enjoyable, strategic game. The wind-rose mechanic is fantastic and really adds to the game. The more I play it, the more I love it!
2015-05-10
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Jeffery Hunt
United States
Kentucky
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10
Nov 2014
You must plan ahead yet you must deal with the dice. So much strategy for a dice game. Genius!
2014-11-18
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LeeAnn Gormley
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10
Feb 2015
I just love this game. It's probably not the best Feld game and it's certainly not the best all around game, but it's fun and it's different. When you start out you have so little to work with and by the end your swimming in cubes and trying to figure out how to best use them!
2015-02-25
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Eliany Sanchez-Baez
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
May 2015
Bought it while OOP. Thought my husband and I would really enjoy it. We're Feld fans after all. We loved it!
2015-05-13
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Joe Mclean
Canada
Beaumont
Alberta
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Jul 2015
Definitely one of my favorite games, comes of the shelf regularly. I love that there is no direct conflict between players, although there is still a race to collect and deliver goods, the fun is in the puzzle of what cubes to collect. Take a few to get a card out or play the long game... I have tried many different strategies and they have all been satisfying.
2015-06-04
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Ioannis Tsirikos
Greece
Nea Filadelfeia
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9.8
Jan 2014
One of the best innovative resource management mechanisms ever assembled in ones mind.

A must have, a must play, a must experience, a natural addiction.
2014-01-01
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Dave Hamrick
United States
Moore
OK
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9.793
Mar 2013
My favorite Feld game so far.
2012-12-07
George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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9.7
Aug 2012
There is a lot to think about in this fun development game. Four player max. makes it a bit harder to get to the table. I love the way you have to adopt your plans to the game situation.
2012-08-05
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steven smolders
Belgium
Heist-op-den-Berg
Antwerpen
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9.7
Sep 2014
Great game, this hits the table on a regular base.
2014-05-05
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Tony Brum
United States
Ewa Beach
Hawaii
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9.6
Mar 2013
The action point (cube) allowance system is unique. I really enjoy Macao. The mechanic of getting action cubes AND how the cards worked. It added pressure and choices. It's a cleverly designed game that's simple to explain and challenging to play. It has many different avenues to collect points with lots of tough, important choices. Do you use your cubes to move you ship closer to a port to deliver your goods, or do you use them to get further along the turn order wall or do you use them to take over a city quarter? Among all of these decisions, you have to choose whether you want less cubes now or more cubes later and have to keep your tableau moving as every card you acquire above 5 is a negative -3 points. Excellent depth and great fun!
2013-03-24
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Christoph M.
Germany
Unspecified
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9.5
Sep 2013
I like clever use of dice, and this games excells!
2011-09-23
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