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Jim Cobb
United States
Alpharetta
Georgia
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10
Nov 2004*
An excellent game, marred by a poor rules translation in the box. The rules are clarified here on the 'Geek.
2004-11-24*
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Vitas Povilaitis
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2006*
A simple abstract game that has interesting end-game patterns.
2006-11-25*
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Thomas Stahlie
Austria
Mödling
Niederösterreich
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9.25
Aug 2012
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Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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9
Oct 2002*
With the correct rules, a very charming open-information, no-luck game, not at all dry.
2002-10-24*
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Steven Hall
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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9
Mar 2004*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Nov 2004*
An excellent abstract with a cool theme and super good bits. Scales well between 2 and 4 players.
2004-11-19*
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R C
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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9
Oct 2007*
From the description, I couldn't quite get a handle on how this would play out. Using the rules posted here, it's very entertaining, with the challenge coming as the available board space to create a Siesta (a combination of pawns representing suns, shadows and roofs) starts running out. A rewarding game that gets deeper the more you play it.
2007-10-07*
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Dan
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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9
Jan 2008*
Played this with a friend. Relaxing abstract game.
2008-01-14*
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Fred G
United States
California
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9
Mar 2010
Ludovic GIMET
France
SAINT JUST D'AVRAY
France
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8.5
Apr 2005*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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8
Apr 2009*
Given that I'm not a huge fan of abstracts, I was surprised at how much I liked this game. Simple, clever, very visually appealing, and the theme actually works, especially in conjunction with the very nice presentation. The tactics are subtle but not so tough that playing feels like work, so the game is fun to play (unlike similarly abstract, positional games such as Pueblo or Torres which seem like too much work for what little enjoyment or satisfaction they produce).
2002-10-11*
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Kevin Gonzalez
United States
Athens
Georgia
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8
Jul 2003*
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Ken Rice
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Jul 2003*
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Terry Bailey Sr.
United States
Jonesborough
Tennessee
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8
Jul 2003*
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Craig Berg
United States
Munroe Falls
Ohio
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8
Jun 2004*
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Ed Holzman
United States
Seffner
Florida
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As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three travellers, men of Willowdale, emerge from the forest's shadow. Fording the river, they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of The Necromancer...
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8
Jun 2006*
If you use the proper rules for scoring, this game is much better than its ratings here reflect. A nice abstract strategy game.
2006-06-17*
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Gertjan Davies
Netherlands
Enschede
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8
Feb 2005*
Nice abstract game, but due to the estetics people don't mind. middleweight thinking issues which boils down to: Do I help only myself or do i prevent an other player from scoring big (and thus letting the non-involved profit from my prevention).
2005-02-22*
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Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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Jun 2005*
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Mark Saya
United States
Los Angeles
California
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Aug 2005*
The best of the three Goldsieber abstracts. Siesta actually has a whiff of a theme: suns casting shadows over rooftops–the more shadows you create, the more points you score. Everything's made of wood, board and pieces, and beautifully produced with a nice color scheme. It plays very well for two, three, or four players, a boon given that there's not too many good multi-player abstracts out there. The others in the series: Cabale (7), Caprice (5). [8 plays]
2011-12-02
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Wolfgang Friebe
Germany
Münster
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8
Aug 2005*
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Bobby Warren
United States
Glendale
Arizona
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8
Oct 2005*
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c 5
United States
Baton Rouge
Louisiana
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8
Mar 2015
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Christopher Schuster
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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8
Jul 2007*
atsushi sakamoto
Japan
kyoto
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8
Aug 2007*
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arek wilk
Poland
rzeszow
Unspecified
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8
Nov 2011
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Steve Ramsden
United Kingdom
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
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8
Nov 2007*
Abstract with elegant rules and consequences from a few basic facts and looks great too.
2007-11-27*
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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8
Apr 2011
Pure abstract game, that merits some study. It nibbles at my interest.
2007-11-25*
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Paul Lucas
United States
San Francisco
California
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Jun 2008*
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Jim Cobb
United States
Alpharetta
Georgia
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visit rollordont.com for a free computer game with a challenging AI player!
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8
Aug 2008*
An excellent game, marred only by the poorly-written rule regarding Double Siestas. Look for the clarification on this page, and enjoy a heck of game!
2008-08-12*
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Bernard C. Trombley
United States
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8
Sep 2008*
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Steven Traver
United States
Orange
California
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Feb 2010
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Andreas Hellwig
Germany
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8
Jan 2009*
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PAN BLACK
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Apr 2009*
ronaldinho @boardspace.net
Taiwan
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Sep 2009*
Frank Rudloff
Germany
Essen
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Jan 2010*
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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8
Apr 2011
In this cunning positional strategy game players progressively fill the board aiming for sequences of pieces including a sun (from a reservoir available to all players), a roof to shine on (from each player's reserve) and the resulting shadow (from another reservoir for all players). Two elements of the game are particularly surprising: the "topic" is blended very gracefully into the mechanics behind the game (no sun and shadows together, a roof must be in between) and the way strategy prevails over tactics: there are no decisions that can really torture the player after a setup and a direction for the game are found.

Despite the materials being worth every penny spent (as usual for Goldsieber games) Siesta is essentially a multiplayer paper and pencil game. A very good one.
2010-03-27
Peter Nijssen
Netherlands
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Nov 2010
Richard
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Apr 2011
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Ryan Davis
United States
Burbank
California
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8
Jan 2011
One of my favorite abstracts. Beautiful board.
2011-01-27
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Sean Campbell
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Feb 2011
Alan Hatcher
United Kingdom
Hassocks
West Sussex
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8
Mar 2011
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Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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8
Sep 2011
Quick-playing game that appears to be very abstract, but actually works with its thin theme. Not quite sure I can articulate what it is, but I find this game to be a fun 4p filler. I'd like to trade for a copy.
2011-09-12
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Gerard van Tilborg
Netherlands
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8
Dec 2014
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Michael Van Biesbrouck
United States
Mountain View
California
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7.5
Aug 2004*
Rating based on 2-player games. Definitely worth more exploration.
2004-08-28*
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Scott Nelson
United States
Idaho Falls
Idaho
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7.5
Jan 2006*
Not a bad 30 minutes or less game. Sometimes it is clearly seen who is ahead, and it is hard to surpass them. Play a stupid move and it will be your downfall. Played with 2 and 4. 4 was more chaotic. 2 was easier to continue a strategy w/o someone screwing it up for you.
2006-01-30*
Big Woo
Scotland
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7.5
Feb 2006*
A few years back the Goldsieber stable got a sudden injection of high quality wooden abstract games when it simultaneously released this alongside "Cabale" and "Caprice". This is the only one that still comes to the table and it certainly has matured well.

p: I really love this one. And not just because it is made of wood and feels great to play. To me the beauty lies in the clever use of three basic elements that have their own inner logic (a sun across a rooftop creates a shadow, a shadow cannot sit next to a sun as it needs a roof to be able to exist, etc), making it a far cleverer game than facing a game with arbitrary rules for 3 abstract types of pieces. It is what sets it apart from the usual abstract fare. That the entire game including the board are made of wood is a rewarding bonus.

I feel this is best played with more adventurous players, as cautious play does indeed create a plodding game that generates long diagonal rows of suns roofs and shadows, with a similar row on the other side of "the street", and relatively low scores. But when caution is thrown to the wind, and people break the tempting cautious patterns, the intriguing depth of this simple placement game quickly shine through, and as placement become more challenging, game fulfillment also increases significantly.

The rules are very simple, but quite often sheer simplicity can be a bit tricky to explain. Playing it will clarify most rules immediately. Making sure you profit from other people's placement is key to your success, and it is often surprising where those positions are hiding. Keep an eye on other people's reserves as a sudden burst of roofs can mean the game ends quite a bit earlier than you might expect.

Maybe it's time to shout about it a bit more from the BGG rooftops, as it is the sort of abstract game that deserves more exposure to sunlight than it is currently getting. I have played it with many players who usually are not that keen on abstract games, and even with them it usually goes down very well. It also scales well with different player amounts, another sign that this might be a better game than it is given credit for. Maybe it was simply to expensive in its wooden make-up to get that sales breakthrough that would expose it more to the right crowd, or maybe it was the other 2 titles in the trilogy that did it a disservice. Either way, don't let it disappear into the shadows!

VARIANT: This game becomes infinitely better when players break "the habit" of diagonal sun placements, and to force that on the players, it might be worth considering starting the game with a few elements already on the board. Even a few shadow tiles in random places (ignoring the question how they are able to exist) already seriously impede the possible locations for suns and direct positional play away from formulaic patterns as there are now bonus points to be had in far out places. This almost instantly creates the more "random" structures that enable far more creative and high-scoring solutions.
2006-02-03*
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Steve R Bullock
United States
Palm Coast
Florida
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7.5
Nov 2006*
Underated game- maybe due to the poor rules (download correct ones here on BGG). If you buy this one, and like abstract strategy, you will not be sorry. It's a winner!!!
2006-11-30*
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Melissa
United States
Tallahassee
Florida
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7.5
Feb 2009*
Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7.5
Sep 2011
A great 3 or 4 player abstract with a theme! this is it. Also got some nice components....
2011-09-05
Herald Claeys
Belgium
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7.5
Oct 2011
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