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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Feb 2015
this rating is with expansions 1-6 plus Bishop's Favor and Scrolls...without any I give it an 8...adding each expansion increases the rating by 0.25 per expansion in my opinion...the portrait cards are the most fun to me, the new colors add some depth to the turns and the bishop's requests are cool but are hard to get more than a couple of during an entire game
2015-02-25
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Klara Sprudel
Germany
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10
Mar 2010
The family version is already well. But with the three modules...great, because there are more tactic elements. Great material, nice graphics!
2010-03-22
Owned
-matt s.
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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10
May 2012

Fun to Play Boring [.....|..x..] Really Fun!
Engaging Long Waits [.....|..x..] Fully Occupied!
AP Potential Low AP [.....|x....] High AP
Puzzliness Less [.....x.....] More
Variability Less [.....|.x...] More
Who Playing With. Less Imp. [.....|x....] More Imp.

Full vs. Filler Filler [.....|..x..] Full
Paths to Victory Few [...x.|.....] Many
Play Complexity Low [...x.|.....] High
Rules Complexity Low [....x|.....] High
Direct Interaction Low [....x|.....] High
Indirect Interact. Low [.....|.x...] High

RATINGS:
My First Play 0 [.....|....x] 10
Multiple Plays 0 [.....|....x] 10

OVERALL RATINGS FOR:
Play with Kids 0 [.....|x....] 10
Play with Kids & Adults 0 [.....|x....] 10
Play with New/Low Key 0 [.....|..x..] 10
Play with Larger Group 0 [...x.|.....] 10
Play with My Parents 0 [.....|....x] 10
Play with 'Gamers' 0 [.....|.x...] 10


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When I read about this game I knew I had to have it. Art! Colors! Worker placement! Built-in expansions! Played it and, yes, it was a winner!

Can't wait to get more plays in.
2012-05-13
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Lord Raider
Germany
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10
Apr 2010
Great fun!
2010-04-02
Owned
John Bohrer
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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10
Apr 2010
Excellent!
2010-04-03
Nick Imholte
United States
Cincinnati
Oh
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10
Jul 2011
One of my favorites. I'm a sucker for a good worker-placement game.
2011-12-13
Owned
Brian Brokaw
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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10
Apr 2010
This game has a ton going for it: great bits, two-sided board, family rules plus expert rules, VP track management, hidden resources and money as well as simultaneous hidden action selection (to minimize AP)... DEFINITELY play this with all of the original options for the best game.
2011-12-06
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Jose Luis Rodriguez Mena
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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10
May 2010
With all the expansions.
2011-02-07
Owned
Kevin Garnica
United States
Buena Park
California
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10
Nov 2010
I'm a sucker for interesting themes: painting a fresco on the ceiling of a cathedral? Choosing a "getup" time that affect your "mood"? WHAT!?!? Sold!

I'm not terribly skilled at games like this, like Stone Age (which I also like very much). Maybe that's why I lean towards games like this one, they keep me coming back for more beatings, I mean valiant efforts.
2010-09-12
Owned
Michael Sanches
United States
Anaheim Hills
California
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If you don't need tweezers to play the game, it is not a wargame!
10
Jan 2013
Very good complicated Eurogame for wargamers.
2010-11-02
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Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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DNA results: 50% West Europe; 19% Great Britain; 16% Ireland; 8% Scandinavian; 4% Iberian Peninsula; 2% Italy/Greece; 1% West Asia; -1% Middle East
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10
Jun 2015
Rating feels solid, following a lively first session competing for those premier victory point restorations on the fresco. After deciding turn order with the get up time, the action order changes. This has an important impact on the turn for getting the necessary paint purchases, money that will be spent, and who will get the best restorations (points) and possibly portrait advantages. Quite fun decision making worker placement game with no bidding or dice rolling. Seems to appeal to many different strokes of gamer types. Very well balanced game with alternating turn order. Excellent. UPDATE: Added expansion 3 with 1 (Portraits) and felt it helped spread out the scoring with the higher tiles. New paints add a little time, needed for calculating blending extra paints. UPDATE: Played all three expansions, adding 2nd expansion, Bishop's Request, making this more of a gamers game. Must consider with this expansion: what tiles to restore to get bishop tiles; value of bishop tiles received in the exchange; and paint rewards of bishop tiles. Rated medium for all three base expansions, and a 9 with expansions 2 and 3. UPDATE: Expansions 4,5,6 (Glaziers) raise this to a 10 (I don't own the Scrolls exp.). A work of art!
2015-06-19
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Andrew Olson
United States
Otsego
Minnesota
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10
May 2014
I'm now playing with the base three expansions and loving it.
2013-03-30
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Jeremy Tye
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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10
Nov 2012
I love this game! My 3rd favorite game. I can't play it enough.
2011-03-03
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Lynette
United States
Richland
Washington
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For as long as I shall live I will testify to love; I'll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough.
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10
Feb 2011
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite games. Complex with multiple paths to victory and still a lot of fun to play even when I lose.
2011-06-01
Ana Forero
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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10
Jun 2011
Este es uno de mis favoritos. Diseñado para jugar con las 4 expansiones, es entretenido. Balancea estrategia y suerte.Y cada expansión puede cambiar el curso del juego ya que modifica las reglas iniciales. Es un juego que solo hasta el final se sabe quien sera el ganador.
2011-05-22
Owned
Phil Clouse
United States
Indiana
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10
Jan 2015
Not for sell or trade
2015-01-09
Owned
Jason Sirignano
United States
Bristol
Connecticut
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10
Mar 2013
3-4 players
2013-03-31
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tony truong
United States
rosemead
California
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10
Feb 2015
Game mechanics are excellent and just work. Everybody simultaneously places workers on their own board behind a screen and wake up time determines whether or not you get to do what you want to do. But waking up early has its costs. Great eurogame and love that the different modules can be added accordingly to ramp the difficulty level to match the gaming audience. The two-player experience is great as the dummy player is clean and done correctly.
2015-02-09
Owned
Francisco Frivero
Spain
MALAGA
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10
Jul 2015
¡Gran juego!, muy vistoso y colorista. Tablero muy agradable. Ideal para los retiscentes a los juegos de mesa. Entretenido, fácil de enseñar y no muy largo.
2015-06-16
Owned
Schlapp Ohr
Germany
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9.9
Jul 2010
Rating without the modules: 8.5
2010-07-22
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Randy Miczek
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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9.75
Nov 2014
Played basic game only. this is an awesome euro type game. the best thing is that although the theme doesn't quite shine through the mechanics, it does not feel like an abstract either so that is a big plus. I like the out guess your opponent behind the screen similar to Revolution! But the resource management compared to when to pull the trigger on victory points is a great balance. All the numbers with tiles seem to be really balance. Can't wait to play with the full version...ie the three included "expansions". Unbelievably this could be another 2010 release game to flirt with my top ten. Just a great fun, engaging game. edit: the three "expansions" included with this game just increase the options. the game just feels more complete with them and really ramps up the strategy however, i love the tactical aspect of this game when picking times and when picking last. just a great brain burner and surprisingly works awesome with two since the dummy player isn't just bookwork but has strategy ties to it when you are in control.
2011-03-09
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Olka K.
Poland
Warszawa
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9.5
Feb 2015
+ december 2010
2010-11-28
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Bess A.
United States
Euclid
Ohio
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9.5
Jul 2010
Update: This is definitely one of my favorite mid/light-weight euros.

Old: I felt like the theme and the actions were wonderfully integrated. Wake up too early, get cranky, your apprentices will go home...

I enjoyed managing all the different aspects, shopping, paint mixing, painting, and having fun at the theatre. I think all levels of players could find something to love, and the base game includes built-in expansions! I love that!
2010-12-21
Owned
James Sinden
United Kingdom
Twickenham
Middlesex
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9.5
Jan 2011
What a fab game. Easy to pickup and the basic mechanic is smooth... A great'step up' game between the gateways and the more complex games.
2011-01-29
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Ryan Keane
United States
Medford
Massachusetts
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9.5
Jan 2012
Very fun, medium Euro with a very well-integrated theme. The mixing of the colors gives it a real boost over other games where you collect resources and turn them into victory points (e.g. Stone Age), and the constant push-and-pull for turn order (wake-up time) is well-implemented. It also scales very well in terms of the base game still being very fun to play with new players and then advancing to the expansions with experienced players is a blast (as opposed to say Agricola or Through the Ages, where the family/simple game are really just designed as training steps) - well, I guess that's why they're called expansions, but since they're included in the base I see them more comparable to family vs cards in Agricola.
This may get up to a 10 with more plays.
2013-03-20
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Dan Vore
United States
Lebanon
Oregon
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9.5
Mar 2013
This game is everything I wanted it to be and more. Simply beautiful, fun and awesome.
2013-03-25
Owned
Robert Gutke
Faroe Islands
Eiði
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9.5
Jul 2015
Marco Ruskowski & Marcel Süßelbeck
Queen Games
2015-07-12
Bosze Gabor
Hungary
Kapuvár
Győr-M-Sopron
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9.4
Apr 2015
Lassan apránként haladtunk a kis kieg.kel, mert a kislányomnak is tetszett és neki viszont kellett a fokozatosság. A teljes alapjátékkal már nem is egyszerű, komoly(ka) kis játék alakult belőle.
Izgalmas és összetett. Sikerült a 4-5-6 is beszerezni, és most már várom nagyon, hogy együtt mit alkot a játék. Emelem a pontot.
Update: Még emelem a pontot. Ez egy egészen jó játék. Kiegekkel meg pláne.
2015-04-18
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Roger Matthews
Taiwan
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9.3
Jun 2015
壁畫大師
2015-06-27
Dundy O
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
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9.25
Oct 2011
High level of family fun. Easy to teach, great combination of tactics and strategies, gorgeous to look at.

With three expansion modules inside the base game, it entices new gamers with immersive play while satisfying the veteran euro-crowd. Love it.

The game board is beautiful. Part of the enjoyment of playing is contemplating your moves while treating your eyes with the artwork and fresh colors in the different sections of the board. Best of all is watching the Fresco as it is slowly revealed during gameplay.

One of my daughter's favorite games. Though she isn't a gamer, she becomes enthralled as she plays this fine title. Makes gaming dad misty-eyed...

2011-10-04
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elbert munnik
Netherlands
Geldrop
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9.2
Aug 2014
Very enjoyable and lots of replayability with the added expansions. Without expansions it is fun to play, with expansions even better
2012-11-28
Owned
George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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9.1
Feb 2014
Fantastic game, gotta play again.
2014-02-07
Robin Irawan
Indonesia
Jakarta
DKI JAKARTA
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9.1
Dec 2014
Light Euro Games, I like the bidding for turn order phase determine market price and your worker mood changes, and all the things like mixing paints, and painting fresco, it all make sense while still being thematic enough. I like how the first bidder for turn order determined by your VP, most VP will go last. One of euro games that i wont turn down playing offers.
2014-11-29
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Viktor Bozó
Hungary
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9
May 2010
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Csak a kiegészítővel együtt, egy dobozban.
2015-02-04
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Brian Cherry
Canada
North Bay
Ontario
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9
Jun 2011
It doesn't matter how many players we have, I always love this game. The expansions were added for the first time, and I loved it even more. Upped its score.
2011-06-01
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Dan C
United States
Florida
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9
Dec 2010
I love this, but mainly with expansions. I lack experienced opponents who want to play with expansions though.
2010-12-13
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J Cale
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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9
May 2010
Very well produced game.
2010-04-23
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Jeff Thornsen
United States
Nottingham
Maryland
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9
Oct 2013
I really do like Fresco. It's unfortunate that I haven't had a chance to use several of the expansion modules since I almost always have to teach the game to new players when I play it.
2013-05-29
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Brent Wolgemuth
United States
Mechanicsburg
Pennsylvania
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9
Mar 2010
This game was thoroughly enjoyable. The turn order mechanic of get-up-time is great. Get up really early, pay the most for paints and apprentice morale goes down. Get up late, paints are cheap, not much selection, but morale goes up. Tough balancing. I also like that the painting concept uses the colors the way they work in real life with the primaries (red, yellow and blue) being used to make secondary colors of purple, orange and green. There is a nice tension in trying to get the paints you need in the market and then to complete parts of the Fresco that you have paints for before your opponent does. Money has to be managed wisely as well as planning your mixing of blended paints (orange, green and purple). Mixing blended paints occurs at the end of the day for the following day , so you have to think ahead a little. Looking at the expansions, I think that all of them will add an new dimension to the game. Really excited to teach this to other people.
2010-03-27
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Kevin Duffy
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
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9
Jul 2015
Excellent use of theme to tie together gameplay. Simple yet strategy and planning are there. Inclusion of 3 mini-expansions is a fantastic value.
2010-07-01
Carl-Gustaf Samuelsson
Sweden
Borås
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9
Apr 2010
An unusually themed game with mechanics which fits well together. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the first game. I'm glad that I played with all expansion modules from the start, but I can see that the simple version makes it a great family game.
2010-04-23
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Tim Loomis
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Jul 2010
Very impressed with this design - fun theme and well executed with very good mechanisms. I also like that suspense is maintained until the end.

In terms of weight and style, this reminds me of Stone Age, but I like Fresco more.
2010-08-28
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Aurelio Agustin
Venezuela
San Diego
Carabobo
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9
Jan 2011
Me encanta el tema, me encanta la mecanica, me encanta el juego, si tuviera alguna influencia en el mundo de los juegos éste ganaría el Spiel Des Jahres 2010.
Actualización: Bueno, ganó el Deuscher Spiele Preis 2010, asi que todo sigue bien en el mundo.
2012-05-11
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Kris Wolff
United States
poulsbo
Washington
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9
Sep 2010
Top 10 of 2010!
2011-01-13
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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9
May 2010
This is an excellent game. The theme and components blend together very nicely. Trying not to win so you can go first is rather an interesting concept! The basic game is good on its own. The advanced game spice up things and brings new options and some interesting timing challenges. A great game!
2010-05-20
A Derk appears from the mists...
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
May 2010
One of the best 'crossover' titles to come out of Germany in a while: appropriate for both the gamers and the family markets. It should win SdJ 2010, IMHO.
2010-05-31
United States
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9
Mar 2011
Fresco is an excellent entry-level game that is accessible to non-gamers while still challenging and interesting enough for veteran gamers. The theme and the rules all make perfect sense and it's only made better by Queen Game's top-notch production quality.
2011-03-27
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Justin Moore
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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9
Jun 2010
From Origins 2010
2010-06-26
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Grant
United States
Cuyahoga Falls
Ohio
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9
Jul 2010
Played at Origins 2010
2010-06-28
Owned
Joe Geerkin
United States
Eden
New York
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9
Jul 2010
Only one play but I thought it was awesome.
2010-07-07
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