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Sneezy96
United States
Cranston
Rhode Island
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10
Aug 2010
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Scott Maxwell
South Korea
Goyang City
Gyeonggido
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9
May 2004*
Excellent little game!! I have found every game is close. It is easy to make a late comeback and still win.

Limited to 2 people? Too bad. Maybe a multiplayer variant could solve that.
2004-05-08*
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JM
United States
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9
Jul 2015
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Rob Hoy
United States
Great Falls
Montana
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8.5
May 2012
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Atalanta
United States
Germantown
Tennessee
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8
Nov 2004*
Its cute, its fast, its easy to learn, but there's quite a bit of hidden strategy. Its a great filler or when you aren't looking for a true heavy game.
2004-11-29*
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Jose Pacheco
United States
Logan
Utah
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8
Oct 2009*
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H Hardie
United States
Foxboro
Massachusetts
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8
Feb 2010
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Andrew Drummond
Canada
Burlington
Ontario
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8
Feb 2012
Only played on Yucata
2012-03-20
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Robert Bell
United States
Michigan
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8
Mar 2012
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michal mariak
Poland
Warsaw
mazowieckie
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8
Aug 2014
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Bradley Huttner
United States
Mount Crawford
Virginia
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8
Mar 2014
I really want to try this game. I've seen reviews on YouTube and I think I would enjoy it.
2014-03-11
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Will Plante
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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8
May 2015
Ballon Cup was sold via auction 11/5/15.
Received in a math trade (8/8/14).

Updated thoughts and rating (8):

Out of all the games I played this month, this is the one that stood the test of time. As soon as I played it I began looking for a copy and was lucky enought to get one in a math trade (As a quick aside I had no interest in the Piñata reprint because the art is terrible).

However; We now play by the designer's original rules (found in this thread) and it makes a great game even better. In a nutshell you can't play cards on your opponents side of a tile until your side of the tile has the necessary number of cards. This really adds a lot more strategy to the game and makes the game feel like more of a race.

Balloon Cup has been a hit with everyone in my family, but especially with my older daughter. This is her most requested game when we're looking for a short game to play. I would highly recommend this game if you can find a copy, this is one of the older Kosmos 2p games that has stood the test of time (The only reason it is an 8 is because I would still choose Battle Line first when looking to play this type of game).

Even though I still think Balloon Cup is a solid game, we have way too many 2p card games and I'd always rather play Battle Line so it ended up getting sold which in hindsight was a mistake.


Initial thoughts and rating (9):

- Excellent 2p cafe game, very compact.
- My wife really enjoyed playing this game, it falls right into her sweet spot for games.
- Beautiful artwork, nice components.
- Easy to learn/teach.
- There is a lot of strategy because you are allowed to play on your opponents side of the tile/board which leads to some interesting choices when deciding where to play certain cards.
2016-04-27
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Tom Eigelsbach
United States
Greenbelt
Maryland
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Dec 2014
Clever 2-player game, but out of print and impossible to find. Luckily it was re-released with the name Pinata. I don't own it, but love playing it, and it's a solid two-player game that has the same kind of feel as Jaipur, another 2-player game that I recommend.
2014-12-04
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Scott Caputo
United States
Santa Clara
California
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7.5
Aug 2012
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George Lowery
Canada
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7.5
Aug 2014
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Sam Lonberg
United States
Fuquay Varina
North Carolina
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7.2
Feb 2009*
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Randy Wentworth
United States
San Diego
California
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7
Jun 2007*
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J. Anderson
United States
Roseburg
OR - Oregon
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7
Jan 2010*
Not my favorite 2-player only game but probably one of the top five. Very quick play.
2008-06-20*
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Patrick Dillon
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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7
Sep 2006*
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Herb Lane
United States
Memphis
Indiana
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7
Sep 2008*
Owned
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Mark Koren
Canada
Aurora
Ontario
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7
Feb 2008*
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Scott Almes
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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7
Apr 2010
Fun two player game. There's a lot of interesting decisions to make during this game... and I can never tell whether I should chance screwing up an opponent or try and benefit myself. I'm a fan.
2010-04-26
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Jason C
Australia
wollongong
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Apr 2011
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Fabrizio d'Ottavio
Italy
Villaricca(Napoli)
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7
Aug 2012
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David
United States
DURHAM
North Carolina
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7
Jul 2010
Played in real life and on Yucata, my wife loves this game so will pick up the new version when it comes out.
Update: except they changed it fundamentally in a way I don't think I like. Messing with your opponent's side is part of the game I like. Looking for the play that forces your opponent's hand is what this game is about for me. Looking for what has been played so what cards might come out, knowing that the 10 and 13 are gone, so the gray 7 is now the highest, that is something I like. Pinata seems to be reducing that aspect.
2014-03-13
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John Fowler
United States
Oregon
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May 2015
based on Yucata.de
2012-09-26
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Lancaster
New York
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Jul 2015
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Keith Ibsen
United Kingdom
Oxford
Oxfordshire
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Feb 2013
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Edna Lindebury
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Dec 2014
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Germany
Bremen
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Jan 2013
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Scott Dye
United States
Murfreesboro
Tennessee
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7
Feb 2013
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Scott Dye
United States
Murfreesboro
Tennessee
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7
Feb 2013
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Matthew Manhattan
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7
May 2013
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Josh B
United States
Orlando
Florida
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Jun 2015
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Niko R.
Finland
Joensuu
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Jan 2016
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Brian Homan
United States
O'Fallon
Missouri
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6.5
Nov 2010
I've played this about a hundred times on Yucata.de and I still enjoy it, thought I can tire of it after repeated plays. I'm looking to get a copy of this, as I am sure my wife would enjoy this too.
2011-08-29
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Eric Chu
Australia
Nedlands
Western Australia
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6.5
Apr 2014
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L H
United States
Lehi
Utah
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6.5
Jun 2012
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Amparo
Spain
Valencia
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6.2
Nov 2012
I like it. I'd like to play more.
2011-04-05
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Mark
United States
Yucaipa
California
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Nov 2007*
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Steve S
United States
Rockford
Illinois
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Jul 2011
A fun, light little game. Been playing at Yucata.de. A little bit too luck-driven maybe. Recently got my self-printed version from ArtsCow.
2011-07-18
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Troy Nies
United States
Killdeer
North Dakota
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Aug 2011
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Shanthi Gonzales
United States
San Francisco
California
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6
Dec 2011
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Kevin McDonald
United States
Parker
Colorado
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Nov 2014
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Tod Andrew
Australia
Wollongong
NSW
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Dec 2015
It uses an interesting mechanism whereby scoring tiles are flipped; one side wins with high scoring cards and the other with low scoring cards. This alone makes it worth playing.
2016-04-03
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David Wayne
United States
Unspecified
Colorado
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Matt Hearst
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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Todd
United States
Beekman
New York
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Clark D. Rodeffer
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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Sounds interesting. I may be willing to trade for a copy.
2003-11-18*
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Scott Lewis
United States
Corrales
New Mexico
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