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Asaf Fabbi
United States
Albany
New York
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10
Nov 2014
My favorite Bruno Faidutti game. Dwarf king is like a grown up, tempered flux with trick taking. There are three suits, dwarves goblins and humans, and you spend a series of rounds trying to take tricks and earn enough points to win. The twist though is that at the beginning of each new round, when players are dealt a new hand, one of the players gets to select from a randomly generated pair of rules that define what tricks are worth in the round. So the objective is always changing. Sometimes you are trying to collect points by getting x type of sets, sometimes you are trying not to take sets because y sets are worth negative points so you want your opponents to take the hit. To top it off, there is a special card each round that adds a little more variety to the game. The dwarf king is truly a king among trick taking games.
2015-05-05
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Marc Driscoll
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10
Apr 2014
Love! Easy to teach, easy to play!
2014-04-03
France
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9
Jul 2011
Really nice game for everybody, everywhere !
2011-07-16
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Geoff
United States
Natick
Massachusetts
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Scully?! SCULLY!!!
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9
Sep 2011
--September 1, 2011--
I haven't been this excited about a game purchase in a while. I absolutely can't wait to play this!

--September 2, 2011--
Played at lunch today for the first time. Everybody loved it. Huzzah! I think this'll get a lot of play.

--September 10, 2011--
And Brooke has now played in a game of Dwarf King. She wasn't too crazy about it, as she doesn't like trick-taking games all that much, nor does she like the negative points in many of the goals. I don't expect that should kill the game for us, but it's a shame she doesn't like it.
2011-09-10
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Ben Lott
United States
Mason
Michigan
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...and a curse.
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9
Nov 2012
Faidutti does trick-taking. It seems that is the formula for my favorite trick-taking game. This game has managed to climb to the top of my list in a genre where I already loved dozens of games. The gameplay is so basic but just adding a single special card into each hand, and changing the goal for each hand turns it into something special. In fact each hand is like its own game. You may try taking all the tricks one hand, and then shoot to take none the next hand. There are even hands where a single trick is all that matters. There can occasionally be a runaway leader, or someone who falls so far behind that they can't hope to catch up, but the game is relatively quick so that doesn't sting too bad. You have to love chaos to like this game, though. There are many times when even playing your cards the best you can will not prevent you from taking an 8-point penalty or worse. Personally that suits my personality just fine, so I find it to be an amazingly fun little game. My only complaint is that I want more variety, like an expansion with more special cards and goals.
2013-06-27
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Pierre-Luc Thiffault
Canada
St-Laurent
Québec
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9
Jun 2012
Played for the first time. Really enjoyed this trick taking game. I had fun every round.

Thing that I enjoy about this game is each round is different.

There is one different special card each round with interesting powers and the quest tile which also changes each round is also great which varies the number of points each round.

One round you can get positive points, another round you can get negative points. So each round have different objectives.

2012-06-23
David Hicks
United States
Evansville
IN
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9
Aug 2014
Fun variant on traditional card games. Like single player spades with specials
2014-09-12
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John Paul Messerly
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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8.5
Sep 2014
Beautiful artwork and the simple elements added to increase replayability work very well. Unfortunately the game couldn't overcome my disinterest in trick taking games.

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A few plays with gamers who really love trick taking games has changed my perspective on this. I'm terrible at this game but I can now participate its depth...
2012-11-23
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Louie Knight
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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8.5
Oct 2012
Wow... light, fast, and slightly chaotic. But this game is one of the best trick taking games I have ever played. Love it!!
2012-10-05
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fiorenzo sartore
Italy
torino
italy
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8.5
Jan 2013
absolutely fun and amazing.............pick it up !!!
2013-01-16
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Quijanoth
United States
Crown Point
Indiana
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8.5
Oct 2014
Being from Indiana, where Euchre is kind of a State-wide obsession, one can tire of game after game after game. So, I'm always on the lookout for games that kind of replicate the trick-taking "fun" of Euchre without actually being Euchre. And this one fits the bill nicely. Plays quickly, nice components (although I question how long the cards will last, and sleeving really isn't an option with their strange size), and a fun theme make this a fantastic option. Highly recommended.
2014-10-26
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Chad Dean
Canada
Oshawa
Ontario
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8.5
Nov 2014
As someone who has played more then his fair share of trick taking games, I must say i love the scoring system in this game. The random nature of it demands you play differently every single hand. It has a diversity and playfulness you just can't find with most other games in this genre.
2014-11-24
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Eric Lai
Hong Kong
Happy Valley
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8.5
Jun 2015
An amazingly fun gamer's version of a trick taking game.
2015-06-16
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
Attiki GREECE
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8.4
Jul 2013
A beautifully illustrated trick taking game that has 3 suits, which makes it simpler, and variable scoring rules (like chronicle, but easier to achieve and thus more interesting). A trick taking game of choice. Only downside is that the cards are a weird size that is hard to sleeve.
2013-07-03
Tim Glubaskas
United States
Fairbanks
Alaska
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8.25
Oct 2014
Played with 5 people and was actually a lot of fun.

Basically a trick taking game with different win conditions for each of seven hands.

I think the entire group enjoyed it - even those who have never played the more basic games like spades or hearts.

Will definitely play this again -
2014-07-08
Owned
TVal Thunderstriker

Dubuque
Iowa
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8.1
Aug 2014
Lots of great replay value
2014-09-11
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Devi "Day" Hughes
United States
Irvine
California
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8
Feb 2011
A delightfully light trick taking game with a lot of variety; every hand is different.
2012-01-01
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Francis Gauthier
Canada
Québec
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8
Sep 2011
LIKE
- Light humorous game art
- Different quest and special card every turn keep the game changing and fresh.
- Great twist on the trick taking genre. It both simplify the gameplay and upped the renewing possibilities.
DISLIKE
- Usual crappy card quality from IELLO. For a trick taking card game where cards are constantly shuffled and distributed, this is inexcusable. Cards shouldn't show wear after only 10 deals.
VERDICT
Not overly strategic or competitive, if taken light heartily it is really fun.
A solid 8 with the 2 quests variant.
2015-03-05
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United States
Plainwell
Michigan
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8
Nov 2011
Really groovy trick taking game with variable powers to spice things up. Very good game.
2013-06-14
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Filip Schneider
Czech Republic
Prague
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8
Nov 2011
Enjoyable funny little card game which feels different every round.
2011-12-22
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Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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8
May 2015
Basically the same game, and same wild chaotic ride, as Friese's Stichmeister, except here you have 3 suits, 1 scoring card and 1 twist card (whereas the other has 4 player-selected cards which could be any combination of score and twist). It's pleasant to play, as all trick taking games are, and enjoyable if everyone's happy to play along for the fun of it, but probably not so much for those who feel they must emotionally invest in a win. It's easier to teach and more accessible than Stichmeister, but if you're going to play along for the ride, perhaps Stichmeister provides a touch more wildness. But it's all much of a muchness.
2014-01-16
Patrick Cussen
United States
Great Meadows
New Jersey
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8
Jan 2012
This game was my first introduction into trick taking games so my rating might be alittle off. I had alot of fun with this, it was nice to see that a game I bought primarily because I liked the art could also be alot of fun to play.
2012-01-04
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Brian Brokaw
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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It's not a damn moped!
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8
Feb 2012
Adds great chaos and fun to a 3-suited trick taking game. Be sure to invite Dan Morgan to play with you ;-)
2012-02-19
Canada
London
Ontario
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"Federer is Betterer"
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8
Jan 2013
Another trick point taking card game but with a fun theme tied together with nice artwork and a series of quests. It all works ... and this game is much better than its rating. The only criticism ... the cards are beautiful but soft around the edges so without care the laminated surface can peel at the edges. Go easy when you shuffle ... or get a shuffle machine. Some people would sleeve these cards but thats like putting plastic on the furniture
2013-03-03
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P.D. Magnus
United States
Albany
New York
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8
Oct 2012
It plays like a trick-taking game, with just enough madness to loosen it up. The fact that most of the deck is just ranks-and-suits makes tactical play possible, and the fact that there is one special card per hand adds spice.
2013-03-22
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Ketty
Chile
Santiago
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8
Sep 2012
[ESP] Un juego de bazas en el que todo cambia todo el tiempo. No soy muy aficionada a los juegos de bazas, pero este es uno que creo conservaré pues si de bazas se trata este y Wizard están en mis top...
2012-09-26
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Ciril Santos
Portugal
CANTANHEDE
COIMBRA
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8
Dec 2012
Jogo de carta que relembra a sueca mais com particularidade bastante distinta. Muito bom!
2013-03-27
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Steve Dixon
United Kingdom
Slough
Berkshire
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8
Jan 2013
Played solo.
Trick taking (which I like) and i like the added differential scoring.

This is like hearts with more variable rules. I think it would have been easier to explain the rules that way.

This is good ut what does it add over "chase the lady". Well with 3-4 players you do not have so many cards which is better. So does that get over the hassle of the extra cards/tiles. Not sure.
2013-04-13
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Games Unlimited
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Apr 2013
Fans of trick-taking games owe it to themselves to try this one. It takes everything you know about the genre and turns it on its head. Really stretches your mental muscles for card games.
2013-04-03
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Greg Williams
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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8
Jun 2015
Trick taking card game with great theme and replayability. Easy to teach, quick to play, and enough depth that I think it can be played over and over without getting stale.
2013-12-08
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Matt Bowles
Australia
Tatura
Victoria
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8
May 2014
Giles brought this over and we played after a Risk Legacy game.

What a great game. It was so much fun to score points in so many foolish ways. Our last round was 4 points for every 6 or 7 card in tricks that you won. It was almost impossible to control.
2013-09-12
Paul Schaff
Japan
Osaka
Osaka
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8
Sep 2014
Fun trick taking game. My family loved the tile system. Keeps the game fresh and everyone on their toes.
2014-09-21
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Marco Marandola
Canada
Mirabel
Quebec
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8
Apr 2014
Birthday Gift From Yan 2014
2014-01-05
Owned
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Mar 2014
A challenging Trick-taker. The base game is so simple it would be terrible if it weren't for the power card and special goal every round. But those two things, especially the goal, make this game very interesting. Each hand you have to adapt to the rule for scoring (or not losing) points. Very good.
2014-03-27
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zombie homer
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Apr 2014
3 - 5P
Best with 4
2015-07-16
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Kevin Labrie
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8
Mar 2014
Jeu facile à montrer. Principe de levée avec objectif différent. Petit jeu de cartes amusant.
2014-03-23
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
Apr 2014
A favourite of mine trick taking game. You need to play with the 3-color cube variant posted here in BGG.
2014-04-07
Michal Starek
Czech Republic
Sezimovo Usti
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REALLY badass
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8
Apr 2014
The card suits have illogical colors (Green Dwarves, Red Goblins? WTF?)
Other than that, beautifully illustrated funny little game. Heavily luck-dependent, but it does offer some strategy, it's kinda funny and quickly over.
Great for beer with friends in a pub, when you don't have that much place on the table to play something complex.
2014-04-10
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Sam Nichols
United States
Ohio
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8
Nov 2014
Fun, swingy trick taker in which your objective changes each hand. You may want to take or avoid tricks of a certain suit, or you may need to take an odd number of tricks in order to score points. Not as highly strategic as most trick taking games, but something quick and whacky to have a good time with.
2014-04-28
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Chris
United States
Broomfield
Colorado
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8
Mar 2015
great fun, surprisingly -- there isn't much there beyond a typical trick-taking game (not even trumps! well, except for sometimes), and that simplicity worked for us.
2015-03-15
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Josh Gibbons
United States
provo
Utah
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7.9
Dec 2013
Dragon Master with more variety and less complexity. Might not be better but gets played more.
2013-12-19
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Joseph Peterson
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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7.8
May 2015
The Dwarf King is a great trick taking game which changes the rules a bit. I like that there are only three suits, a new special card introduced each round and, most interesting is how each hand is scored different based on the active quest for the round. It all fits together and makes for an enjoyable game.
2015-05-31
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Take joy from your wins; take lessons from your losses.
United States
38.978164N 76.486881W
Maryland
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7.5
Sep 2011


A simple little trick-taking game with a bit of chatter in it to keep things fresh. A simple version of Pinochle or Hearts that young kids can play along with you.

2011-09-27
James Sitz
United States
Illinois
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7.5
Dec 2011
Fun little stocking stuffer. I never knew a trick taking game could be so whimsical.
2011-12-24
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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7.5
Aug 2012
Fun, light, trick-taking game with 3 suits, special powers and variable goals makes this a very enjoyable game.
2012-08-14
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Giles Pritchard
Australia
Shepparton
Victoria
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7.5
Nov 2014
A very enjoyable trick taking game, where the drive for how to play a trick changes from hand to hand. All in all it is simple and a lot of fun. Altogether an excellent game!
2013-09-12
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Julien Morel
France
BURGILLE
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7.5
Jan 2014
un jeu de plis amusant et chaotique!
2014-01-03
E Talley
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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7.5
Feb 2014
What a clever take on trick taking. I like this one a lot. There are a few cards that were a little immodest but easily corrected with markers.
2014-02-07
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Andrew W.
United States
Eighty Four
Pennsylvania
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7
Apr 2015
A trick taking game with 3 suits, and some wacky card effects, and different goals used to score each round.
2015-03-29
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Joe Simpson
United States
South Bend
Indiana
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Oct 2011
The Dwarf King is a very simple trick taking game but it is a blast! Score points (or lose points!) based on what you take or don't take.
2012-01-07
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