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Netherlands
Enschede
Overijssel
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Apr 2012
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Kiria Val
Poland
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9
Jun 2012
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Bart Huygh
Belgium
Essene
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9
Aug 2012
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Kevin Shillinglaw
Canada
Kitchener
Ontario
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Apr 2014
Interesting game. I like how the action cards work and the player board building.

Only played it 2-player and I get the feeling it's better with more.
2013-07-26
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Janis Maldonado
Venezuela
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9
May 2013
Owned
Matias Saravia - Etermax
Argentina
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
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9
Mar 2014
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Santana Arjune
United States
harrison
New Jersey
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9
Dec 2013
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David Boyd
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9
Sep 2015
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David Beattie
Australia
Waitara
NSW
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9
Jan 2016
Owned
Ryan C
United Kingdom
Blackburn
Lancashire
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8.8
Apr 2015
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Casey Harmon
United States
La Salle
Illinois
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8.5
Jan 2014
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nicolae g
United Kingdom
London
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8.5
Jan 2015
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Aurèle Aubert
Switzerland
Vaud
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8.1
Sep 2013
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rizkar
United States
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Jan 2012
The card play and swap mechanic is clever, the rules are simple, and the game is fun and plays quickly. However balance is achieved by greatly limiting the actions presented on the cards, limiting the scope of what can be done and sometimes making it seem as though the game is playing you. This game reminds me of The Speicherstadt (although the mechanics are not as unique), i.e. simplification achieved at the expense of variety and depth of cards. It's certainly worth a few more plays and Tahkokallio is a talented designer worth keeping an eye on.
2012-01-29
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Detlef Dölling
Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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8
Sep 2011
Owned
Stephan B
Germany
Munich
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8
Dec 2011
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Volker Nattermann
Germany
Hadamar
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8
Aug 2011
Owned
Tony barrett
United Kingdom
st neots
cambs
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8
Aug 2011
Owned
Jonny de Vries
Netherlands
2e Exloermond
Drenthe
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8
Aug 2011
Owned
Peter Nijssen
Netherlands
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8
Oct 2011
Owned
filip santens
Belgium
Waregem
Unspecified
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8
Sep 2011
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François Starke
Canada
Barrie
Ontario
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8
Oct 2011
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cheezer
Netherlands
Edam
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8
Nov 2011
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Erik Busse
Belgium
Hasselt
Limburg
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8
Mar 2012
Owned
8
Dec 2011
Tried twice. Seems fun little game. I think this will be good xmas present for family.

Bought it for xmas. It's a nice game and easy enough that my kids can play it also.
2011-12-27
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Jameus Hutchens
United States
Spokane
WA
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8
Mar 2012
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Gary L
Canada
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8
Dec 2011
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yan zhang
China
Beijing
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8
Jan 2012
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Juan Medina
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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Board games rule my life, and my wife's. That is a good thing, believe it or not ;)
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Feb 2014
Card based resource conversion with secret goals. Easy to play and very satisfying. Long term strategy seems to be as important as tactical card selection.
2014-02-23
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Reinaldo Guazzelli
Brazil
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8
Jan 2012
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Cristian Dirtu
Romania
Iasi
Iasi
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8
Jul 2013
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Marcin Szrama
Poland
Nowa Sól / Zielona Góra
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8
Aug 2014
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Artur Tojza
Poland
Gdynia
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Jun 2012
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John F
United Kingdom
Sunderland
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Jul 2012
Enjoyable Euro with, yes, cubes and, yes, victory points. Quite similar core mechanic to Notre Dame in that cards determine which actions you can take as opposed to the usual worker-placed-to-block-opponent method. Several different options to pick that might lead to victory, and with hidden objective cards there's an extra element of not knowing what exactly is most important to your opponent (but there's enough play-time to try to work it out from watching their turns carefully).
2012-11-26
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Toby Merida
United States
Indiana
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Aug 2012
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Dominik Grottian
Germany
Königswinter
Deutschland
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8
Oct 2012
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Guillaume GARCIA
France
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8
Dec 2012
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Chris Crowder
Canada
North Bay
Ontario
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8
Feb 2016
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Werner
Belgium
Munsterbilzen
Limburg
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8
Mar 2013
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Gülsüm Dural
Germany
Bad Lippspringe
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8
Apr 2013
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Sean Mars
Canada
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8
May 2013
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Wayne Harding
United States
Washington
Utah
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8
Oct 2013
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Luis Olcese
Argentina
Córdoba
Córdoba
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8
Jul 2014
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Lisa V
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8
Aug 2013
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Paola Marcela
United States
New York
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8
Nov 2013
Owned
Jonathan Abbott
United States
Springdale
Arkansas
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8
Nov 2013
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Karol Parkitny
Poland
Częstochowa
śląskie
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8
Dec 2013
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David Schwenker
United States
Albany
New York
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8
Aug 2015
*Strongly* reminiscent of Fortuna (and released the same year), both are light-weight, engine-building euro games that utilize an "activate-then-exchange" mechanism for its action cards. Ironically, our group played both games back-to-back and were astonished as to their similarities - if you played one you have the basic core concept of the other.

Which one is better?

Well, Principato has no dice rolling so right away it's less random... But, the action cards in Principato is more random due to its card drafting mechanic as opposed to Fortuna's constant set of twelve actions to swap between, therefore actually making it difficult to plan ahead while long-term planning is quite possible in Fortuna... That being said, the secret goal cards are not as overpowered and have a strict limit of two per a player in Principato - whereas a single player could binge on collecting goal cards in Fortuna - therefore making Principato much more balanced... But, Fortuna is clearly the more streamlined of the two, making it a breeze to teach newcomers...

It's a toss up!

Fortuna may be the better gateway game due to it being more streamlined while Principato may be the better gamer's game due to having slightly more control and complexity.

Both will remain in my collection as I am a sucker for engine-building games and both have enough unique subtleties to prevent both experiences feeling the same - only the same flavor.

Update - 08/2015: After two years, the game still holds up. There's some questions now about the goal cards being truly balanced, and sometimes a long-term strategy can be immediately foiled within the first game year by an inadvertent play by opponents (such as them sitting on the capult cards), but despite some perceived imbalances the player always has options and never feels like their your situation is hopeless. I also love that by the end of the game, each player seems to have established an entirely different "engine" to generate victory points. I'm bumping this up half a point to an 8!
2015-08-12
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Blake Crawford
United States
Richardson
Texas
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8
Jan 2014
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Howard Zuefle
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Jan 2014
I love this game. It's got a good theme and smooth gameplay. It's simple in design and is not a complex game. My wife isn't much of a gamer and this is one that she enjoys. There are a couple of negatives. Sometimes the game gets a little bogged down in turn play. Also, it could be a little more elaborate. There are only a few options on each turn, if the cards don't fall right for you it can be a long game. More options would help this. An expansion would be great.
2014-01-16
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