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Lance
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Moorhead
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Oct 2011
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Mark crane
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Provo
Utah
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Oct 2011
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Dick Hunt
United States
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Michigan
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Mar 2012
Acquired via BGG trade for Belfort. A great trade! Urban Sprawl is a blast!
2012-03-18
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Ton Segers
Netherlands
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Jun 2012
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David A
United States
Los Angeles
California
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Jul 2013
I really love this game. Diceless but with enough randomness in the building draws to make every game different.
2013-07-19
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Niels Nas
Netherlands
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Dec 2011
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Remy Gibson
United States
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Nov 2011
12 Nov 11

I am absolutely adoring this game. I have played 3 times (well, 2½; the first one was aborted) and I like it more each time I play.

Before my first play I was reading/watching reviews and came across the nice and comprehensive one from doubtofbuddha (http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/719051/urban-chaos) in which one conclusion he draws is that there is too much chaos in the game for him. This review caused me some concern, making me wonder whether it would be too chaotic for me. After these initial plays, I can most definitely say that it is not TOO chaotic for me.

The Metropolis deck does have some crazy powerful stuff going on in it. But it seems clear to me that familiarity with the decks is going to yield a huge advantage in planning. I'm already seeing some trends in the cards, like the fact that the Mayor is probably not the best politician to have in the City deck or the fact that those powerful Metropolis cards (as well as many City cards) require 3 or 4 permits.

The flow of the game is very smooth and turns seem to go by pretty quickly after the initial shock of available choices wears off. Though I haven't played with 4 players, looking at the differences between 2 and 3 makes me think that the more players you have, the less strategic/more tactical the game will become. This could lead to some analysis paralysis among those inclined. I will also say that the staggering number of things that can happen at the end of each player's turn -- because of payouts and events -- can make it easy to lose track of whose turn it is. A computerized version of the game would probably make that go much faster, but I would probably lose that close, tactile feel of what is going on in the game.

Each time I've finished playing the game so far, I've had that urge to play again as soon as possible. This is the same feeling I've had after first playing some of my favorite games, like Le Havre, Race for the Galaxy, and Twilight Imperium.

My "9" rating for this game is provisional (I feel like it could definitely go up) and is relative (to my other games).

I've played this with my 10-year-old son all three times; he's beaten me twice. I think experience will likely turn the tide there in my favor (since I don't foresee him doing the deeper analysis that I find myself doing), but the actual mechanics of the game are uncomplicated enough for him to play with almost no guidance from me.

Some notes I'll put here about strategy pointers that I want to share when I teach the game, as far as where to build:
- Try to build next to other buildings of the same color.
- It's very important to have the most valuable buildings in a color (at least by the time the City deck opens), for the politicians.
- It's very important to have the most buildings in a given row, for payouts.
- It's good, but somewhat less important, to have the most buildings in a given color, for certain events.
- It's important to grab any contract that will let you place one of the wealth/prestige payout dots.
- It's probably a good idea not to spend all of your permits all the time. (This is the idea I'll be trying in the next game.)

In short: Fantastic. I love this game and have no regrets about the ~$60 I dropped on it.


30 Nov 11

If possible, I'm liking it even more now than I did three weeks ago. I've now squeezed 7 (6½) plays in; for a game that takes over two hours, that's an impressive feat in my schedule.

This has the potential to be one of my top games. The feeling I have about it, the excitement to play again and again, is one that I've only had with a couple of games previously, Twilight Imperium and Le Havre; I considered TI my #1 game for years, and consider Le Havre to be so now. So US is in good company.

The way I've jiggered my ratings is to have a more-or-less sequential list of games, using tenths of a point to differentiate them and with only 2 "10"s: one for a heavy game and one for a light game. Until I resequence them again, though, I'm putting US as my third 10.
2011-11-30
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Travis Sonsalla
United States
Rollingstone
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Nov 2011
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Oveshnikov Andrey
Russia
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Dec 2011
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
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Nov 2011
Simple and elegant rules result in a city development game. This is a great game. People will argue that there is a lot of randomness in the game, but the purpose of the game is to handle this randomness. It is not a luck game. It is a strategy game. You will have a great time for 4 hours. It has the same stochastic behavior as Dominant Species. I prefer for now Dominant Species mainly because of the theme. In both games, you play against your opponents and a system of randomness. You have to take care of both!!!
2011-11-26
Robin
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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Oct 2012
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Lam Chungwah
Taiwan
Taichung City
Taichung
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10
Dec 2011
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Michael Pavelich
Norway
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10
Feb 2012
Takes a few plays to get to know how to plan a strategy. You'll have to decide for yourself if it's worth the effort. It is for me.. I love reacting to the chaos!
2012-02-28
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Michael Mehl
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Dec 2013
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
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Nov 2013
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2013-11-06
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Evgeniy Pikulin
Russia
Moscow
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10
Mar 2012
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Marko Stefulj
Croatia
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Apr 2015
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Conrad Bendixen
United States
North Liberty
Iowa
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Apr 2014
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Andrea Martella
Italy
Roma
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Dec 2012
Sometimes I think that this could be Hotel with a harder level of playability and without 3-d buildings.
But there's more in this game.
Thanks, Chad Jensen
2012-12-14
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Noah Ban
United States
Buffalo Grove
Illinois
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Jul 2014
I enjoy this game more and more as I play it. Definitely best with 4. Sometimes the randomness seems a bit too much, but this game definitely creates a narrative of the city, and every card fits the theme. A great ride each time.
2013-05-01
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Jeff DeBoer
United States
Jacksonville
Oregon
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Nov 2012
I find this game fascinating, challenging and super fun to play. A complete gaming experience. Being a business person, the mtheme is of particular interest and helps my rating. Yes, I know there is a little bit of chaos, but I actually prefer that in my gaming as I game for fun, not to escape all the wonderful chaos in the real world in some abstract perfect paradise as many here on the geek seem to prefer. Yuck.
2012-11-12
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Joey Reinisch
United States
Reseda
California
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Dec 2012
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Zeb
United States
New Hampshire
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Feb 2013
Martine Hart
Canada
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May 2013
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Michael Langford
United States
Atlanta
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Jan 2014
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Brian Knowles
United States
Feeding Hills
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Jan 2014
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Apr 2014
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Martin M
Slovakia
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Aug 2014
Brian Willcutt
United States
Lubbock
Texas
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Jan 2015
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Branislav Loskot
Slovakia
Bratislava
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May 2015
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Paul Beasi
United States
Easthampton
Massachusetts
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9.8
Oct 2011
Big swing at the end, but wow did I thoroughly enjoy this game.
2011-10-27
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James Schoch
United States
Ohio
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9.8
Dec 2011
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Tony Brum
United States
Ewa Beach
Hawaii
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9.8
Apr 2014
This is a great game. This has the potential to be one of my top games. People may argue that there is a lot of randomness in the game, but the purpose of the game is to handle this randomness. It is not a luck game. It is a strategy game. A game where you need to think ahead and gamble on the opportunities and resources you have each turn. And what's the best - The uncertainty that comes into play before each players turn. You will have a great time for 3 hours. I've only player to player games with my wife, and she likes the game.
2014-04-28
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LEUNG CHI KEUNG
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9.7
Dec 2011
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Troy Nichols
United States
Vacaville
California
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9.5
Oct 2011
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Chris Keates
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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9.5
Oct 2011
My favorite game of 2011. This is a city simulator, and we are just going along for the ride, fighting tooth and nail each turn to do what we can. Chaotic? Yeah, I guess. But aren't most cities that way?

UPDATE: Your first game will be a learning game, in the sense that you need to run through the cards (and their events) to see how everything works. On your second play, you'll realize that each card is really just a variant on some very basic "type" of card that you encountered early in the game- "take that" cards, high/low value rewards/penalties, etc.
2011-10-30
Jayson Myers
United States
Clermont
Florida
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9.5
Apr 2012
I had a great time with this game and it became one of my favorites! I only played with two, so a lot of the elections were back and forth. I think with 3-4 players it would take a lot more time.
2012-04-02
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Bob Long
United States
Woodbridge
Virginia
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9.5
Nov 2011
another great game by Chad Jensen. not as mind twisting as DS. A game that plays easy but highly strategic. a fun game
2011-11-27
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Mark Okke
United States
Minnesota
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9.5
Apr 2012
If you are looking for a game that deal with the politics of building a city, this is definitely the game to get. I was a little unsure but it wasn't until UndeadViking's review that finally made me pull the trigger. Definitely a buy!
2012-04-28
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Stephen Slotten
United States
Saint Charles
Missouri
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9.5
Dec 2012
Wild, unpredictable point swings, but it's a great city building game!
2014-01-21
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Justin Dee
United Kingdom
Lancaster
Lancashire
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9.5
May 2014
Urban Sprawl never seems to get a lot of attention, but I'm a big fan, I love the inter-game variation brought about by the different available buildings, and it looks and feels great.
2013-10-15
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Gordon Stewart
United States
Bowie
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9.4
Oct 2014
Fun even though 1ST GAME was a learning/discovery game. Interesting
to toy with the interaction between a multitude of moving parts (like playing
w/ clockwork). Likes: tile laying on the column/row grid, planning for upcoming
cards (as they slide down in cost), funny card wording, catch-up mechanisms,
election roundel, etc. Be interested in variants that reduce/distribute the
chaotic luck of placing/moving the row markers.
Definitely one for many replays!
2011-11-04
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Will Marshall
Australia
Mawson
ACT
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9.4
Nov 2011
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Paolo Giorgi
Italy
Erbusco
Brescia
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9.3
Mar 2012
David Siskin
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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May 2010
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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9
Dec 2011
I love city building games. This one has meat, an excellent look, and a lot going on. It's a game of surprise moves and screwage (later in the game). The first play might seem random but I would call this chaos management. I can see after some more plays, you know what to expect from the event cards. Hell, even during the first play, you are reshuffling the planning deck so you see some of the same event cards coming up. I know now that Media can get you little points all the way through the game if you can hang onto it. It's area control and tile laying. I have to play it again, soon.

A quote that I think is appropriate for this game: Luck is where preperation meets opportunity.

Update: pushed up to a 9. The last game was so different than the others. Plots got expensive very quickly. Huge commercial district. Very fun. After five plays you know what cards, for the most part, are in the deck and you can plan appropriately.
2012-03-08
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Remus McRhymus
United States
Pennsylvania
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Nov 2011
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2011-09-30
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Bob Shaw
United States
Cheltenham
PA
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Oct 2011
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Chris McMahon
United States
Eau Claire
Wisconsin
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Nov 2011
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Thanasis Patsios
Greece
Athens
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Nov 2011
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