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Mark Rollings
United Kingdom
Peterborough
Cambs
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10
Nov 2011
Hilarious game once you can understand the rules. Make even funnier by using the German poem!

Arm ache is the only drawback!!!
2011-11-10
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Xaime Recio
Spain
Manzanares el Real
Madrid
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10
Jun 2012
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Ned Law
United States
Lakewood
Ohio
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10
Mar 2015
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Riccy F
Australia
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9.3
Feb 2015
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Michael Kröhnert
Germany
Aachen
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9
Nov 2009*
A blast! Three ingenious ideas in one party game idea (the basic hand signals to match the optimum card combinations, the scoring track, and the winning condition).
Why not a 10? Some concepts are hard (but not impossible) to explain and a bit counter-intuitive. Nothing for a quick game explained in a minute for the whole family. There are some easier variants in the back of the rulebook, but I would have preferred it the other way round: start with a quite simple family game (plus additional cards and rules to make it the really challenging game it is). It is a "9" because of that.
I would deduct a further quarter point for the maximum of 6 players (could it be possible to make up a variant for more than six?) - but the really low price (at Essen!) makes more than up for that.
2009-10-26
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Michael Logan
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2014
soon to preorder
2009-10-17
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Nils Miehe
Germany
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9
Nov 2009*
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oskari
Finland
Helsinki
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9
Oct 2009*
A very solid design. It's very reassuring to see that it is possible to design a party game with mechanisms that make you feel like you are playing a fine-tuned German gamer's game. The gameplay is absolutely hysterical, and there's no sign the usual annoyances we've learnt to expect from party games.

The rulebook is amazing: Extremely well written and illustrated, very clear and precise, easy to read, clever and fun. Very likely the best rulebook I've ever read.
2009-10-27
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Petr Murmak
Czech Republic
Kladno
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9
Oct 2009*
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Texas
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9
Nov 2009*
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Brian Hanechak
United States
Lexington
Massachusetts
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9
Jan 2010*
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Olivier Gilloux
United States
Lebanon
NH
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9
Dec 2010
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Jakub Šotola
Czech Republic
Opava
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9
Dec 2012
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Brio Porter
United States
Des Moines
Iowa
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9
Feb 2015
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Kitty B-G
United Kingdom
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9
Feb 2014
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Pix Forster
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9
Jan 2015
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Patrick Taylor
United Kingdom
Manchester
Greater Manchester
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9
Jun 2015
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Germany
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8.5
Oct 2009*
Seemed a lot of fun, but did not work the first time played.
2009-12-02
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james zevnik
Canada
Airdrie
AB
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8.5
Feb 2013
Funny to observe and surprisingly well received by non-gamey types. Fun!
2013-02-18
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Ramona Gabba
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8.5
Apr 2013
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George Breden
United States
Independence
Kentucky
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8.5
Jan 2014
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Tim Vu
United States
Orinda
CA
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8.5
Aug 2014
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Alexandre Lima
Brazil
Sorocaba
SP
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8.5
Mar 2015
-0.5 cards should be easier to read... somehow. Just a minor complaint about a great party game.
2015-03-05
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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8
Jan 2010
My rating is in full acknowledgment that most will not feel the same way. When we played, the skepticism only grew as we worked our way through the rules - it was evident that some were inclined to hate it before we even started. I guess I should feel glad they everyone still played along (probably because it was my birthday).

This game is in a bit of an awkward place because it is unusually complicated rules-wise for such a silly game, thus limiting its usefulness with casual/party gamers. And it is probably too silly for more serious game players.

But personally I enjoy the challenge. Once you get going, it's not as difficult as it seems, and it's usually pretty easy to figure out what the best combination is. Scoring though is a pain.
2010-01-29
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Monika Dillinger
Slovakia
Bratislava
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8
Oct 2009*
That´s a real party game. The playing and also the watching fellows will have their fun. I really enjoid all the playtestings.
2009-10-16
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Jean-François Jouin
France
Limoges
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8
Apr 2011
A lot of fun in a small box. Has to be played with the right group of people.
2011-06-21
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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8
Oct 2009*
Simple and somehow stupid, but hilariously fun and very well designed little masterpiece from CGE.
2009-10-27
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Eric Johnson
United States
Cottage Grove
Oregon
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8
Dec 2009*
Family: This is a fantastic family party game.
2009-12-13
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Soren Vejrum
United Kingdom
Richmond
Surrey
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8
Aug 2011
Very good, fun, silly party game by Vlaada Chvátil. Quite hard both mentally and physically as the scoring and your silly position constantly changes.
2011-08-25
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Mika V
Finland
Tampere
Pirkanmaa
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8
Feb 2010
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2011-01-28
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Gregor Jochmann
Germany
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8
Dec 2009*
sounds like a lot of fun with the right group.
2009-12-04
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dr.Kánai Zoltán
Hungary
Nagyatád
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8
Dec 2009*
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Falafel Palmer
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Jan 2010*
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André E
Germany
Oldenburg
Lower Saxony
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8
Jan 2010*
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Jeffery Bowling
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Dec 2010
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Tor Sverre Lund
Norway
Trondheim
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8
Aug 2010
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Jul 2010
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Lukáš Kraft
Czech Republic
Františkovy Lázně
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Sep 2010
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Tom P
United Kingdom
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8
May 2011
Hilarious and infuriating all at the same time.
2011-12-08
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Marcel
Germany
Muensterland
North Rhine-Westphalia
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8
Feb 2015
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Oliver Garland
United Kingdom
Kent
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8
Mar 2011
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8
Jul 2012
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2012-07-07
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dominic putzeys
Belgium
Leuven
Kessel-Lo
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8
Nov 2011
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Mikaela Kumlander
Finland
Helsinki
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8
Jan 2012
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Scott Almes
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2012
A great, thinky yet silly party game. It's not that hard to figure out what the best match is... but, with the poem-time-pressure-mechanic? this game is great fun. That being said, I haven't played with ALL the cards yet... we'll add the more advanced ones a little bit at a time.
2012-06-17
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Charles M. Hannum
United States
Winthrop
Massachusetts
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Dec 2012
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Edward Morland
England
Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey
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8
May 2012
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Jamie Tang
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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8
Jan 2013
If you want a party game that is silly and requires thinking as well as physical movement, this is it. The difficulty is that while YOU may want that combination, you may not be able to find other players. The scoring instructions are fiddly and by the time you figure out scores, the players are tired of holding their arms up.
2013-01-01
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Douglas Catchpole
Australia
Ashfield
New South Wales
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8
Dec 2014
It's so hard to get the right group.
2014-12-27
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Y T
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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8
Aug 2015
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