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Antti Karjalainen
Finland
Tampere
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10
Aug 2011
This game is a great refinement to the original. The river opens the map for conquest, the races/powers care about terrain types in all new ways, and the monster guarded treasures give reasons aplenty to go out of your way to conquer your neighbours. Now, combine all that with the other expansions... JOY! 8-D
2011-08-21
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Honza Mikel
Czech Republic
Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
Zlínský kraj
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10
Jul 2011
Even better fun than Small World. So if Small World have 10, this must be also 10.
2011-06-05
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Grzegorz Majewski
Poland
Katowice
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10
Jun 2011
Even better than its predecessor.
2011-06-14
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Philip Hoffman
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Jul 2011
As good as the original, plus a few fun bonuses. I played this version with 3 new players and they did fine, tho some of the powers are a bit more advanced. Many of the powers have to do with going into decline.
2011-07-21
Miira Auroora
Finland
Vantaa
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10
Aug 2011
Actually I would rate this 11 if I could.
2011-08-01
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Jessey
Canada
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10
Oct 2011
A strict improvement over Small Worlds. Everything I had to say there applies here. It's zanier, more vicious and more fun. Additionally, the relics and places make 'catching up from behind' a more real possibility than ever before!
2011-10-20
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RANDY AND SELENA BARKER
United States
GRIMES
Iowa
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10
Nov 2011
Love Small World, love Small World Underground too!!
2011-11-04
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Aaron Davies
United Kingdom
Pulford
Cheshire
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10
Jun 2012
I'd say it's more complex that Small World. The racial powers seem to outclass the title powers a little so I am hesitant to combine it with the older races who seem to be the other way around.

Not sure why this isn't just an expansion but I suppose it's a way of selling new races that are effectively the same as old ones.
2012-06-10
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Daniel Halasz
Hungary
Szada
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May 2015
Fantasztikus grafika, egyedülállóan végiggondolt és kvitelezett doboz, jó hangulat, mély tematika.

Az első (kétszemélyes) játék után kiváncsian várom a folytatást. Egy kicsit félek tőle, hogy hamar monotonná és unhatóvá válik a felváltva pakolgatás. Ugyanakkor a rengeteg variáció, a több játékos esetén előálló több frontos háborúk, valamint némely kiegészítő nagyon ígéretesnek tűnik.

Majd meglátjuk!

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A négyszemélyes játék már sokkal jobban tetszett, mint a kétszemélyes változat. Érzésem szerint a játék itt válik azzá, amire kitalálták.

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Kétszemélyes játékhoz szeritem elengedhetetlen a tales and legends. Segít kibillenteni a statikus állapotokat.
2012-03-15
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Kikki Hau
Iceland
Hafnarfjörður
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10
Mar 2012
An alternative stand-alone Small World game. I love the addition of the places and relics. The races and powers are not as good as the ones from the base game though.
2015-01-27
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Duarte Pinto
Portugal
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10
Apr 2015
It´s on the top3 most played games in my house and in my gaming group. Love the game
2015-04-14
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Nicholas Pham
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Apr 2012
Great for veterans looking for something new
2012-04-06
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William J. Rivera
United States
Tampa
Florida
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10
Feb 2014
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2014-03-13
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kitty Len
United States
Texas
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10
May 2012
very cut throat game. lots of fun. This game is darker way darker than the original. I enjoyed this one very much with the extra peices makes the game more interesting.A++
2012-05-27
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Leslie Taylor
United States
Florida
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10
Aug 2012
I now rate Small World a ten because I add the bonus stuff from this game. The relics are great because they change the game without it being silly or broken like the Tales and Legends expansion. A must have for anyone who likes Small World.
2012-08-11
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Master Lucky
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10
Jun 2013
THE BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED !! THE MORE YOU PLAY, THE MORE YOU LIKE, ITS VICIOUS ! I HAVE ALL THE EXPANSIONS AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. I RECOMMEND IT 100% .

EL MEJOR JUEGO QUE JUGUE EN MI VIDA ! MIENTRAS MAS JUGAS, MAS TE GUSTA, ES ENVICIANTE ! TENGO TODAS LAS EXPANSIONES Y ES INCREIBLE . LO RECOMIENDO 100 % .
2013-06-03
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Jeseabell Arrigan
United States
Concord
California
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10
Dec 2013
I like the look of this game more then the original but I am into dark themes
2013-08-29
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Brian Zagst
United States
Cheektowaga
New York
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10
Feb 2014
Barely different than Smallworld, but it's nice to have more races and attributes to fiddle with.
2014-02-05
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gob karas
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10
Dec 2013
Better than SW. More strategic.
2014-11-05
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Magnus Ørbek Tollefsen
Norway
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10
Mar 2014
Great expansion, stand-alone game.

Adds more creatures, features and abilities.

Prefer this over the original map due to the diversity, but still use most of the creatures/abilities from the original, so both is a must have for all fans.
2014-03-21
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Ryan Peddle
Canada
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10
Aug 2014
Being a huge fan of SmallWorld, I had high hopes for SWU. They were met and exceeded. The Popular Places and Artifacts additions over SW add an element that I want there every time. Great Game.
2014-08-28
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Dmitri Smekhov
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10
Jan 2015
I bought this instead of the original, so I can't make comparisons. This is a classic game and I will break it out regularly for a long time to come. Very cut-throat. And a few of those relics/places tokens can really change your strategy (control the Balrog!). Great components, great everything. I've played 2P up to 5P, and it all works great, with different boards for each.
2015-01-09
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Shane Gelven
Australia
Morphett Vale
South Australia
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9.758
Sep 2014
It adds a bit more and a bit more is good!
2013-02-26
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nvidia25 --
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9.6
Dec 2013
5
2012-11-23
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Nour Aly
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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9.5
Oct 2011
Think I prefer this to the original. Races are harder to use and the board is better. The game is more strategic with the river. I like the coloring better. The relics and places add a whole new dimension.
2011-10-08
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Justin Woods
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9.5
Nov 2012
An improvement on the original thanks to the random treasures players can unlock from conquering specific zones. Now players will have access to 3 (or more!) powers between their racial, bonus, and item powers. It plays faster than the original and feels a lot more enjoyable for players that don't typically play strategy.

Would probably recommend the original game for competitive play over this one just because the rule set is tighter without the relics, but this game is truly a blast.
2013-06-25
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Andrew Parks
United States
Somerset
New Jersey
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9.5
Jun 2011
Played this once at Origins (thanks Tom Vasel!) It is a rich world with more complex rules. I do not think that this will replace the original, but as an advanced game, it performs admirably.
2011-06-26
Eugeny Ovsiannikov
Russia
Moscow
Moscow
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9.5
Oct 2011
Достойный приемник
2011-10-23
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Greg Deutschlander
United States
Eau Claire
Wisconsin
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9.5
Mar 2015
Adds a lot of new strategy to Small World when combined.
2015-03-26
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Renate Cloake
United Kingdom
Worthing
West Sussex
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9.1
Apr 2014
Edward owns.
2013-12-30
Scott Waldie
United States
Methuen
Massachusetts
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9.1
Mar 2015
Visually this is more appealing to me than the core Small World game, and the races are just as charming though some do feel redundant mechanically with preexisting choices. Anyway, it's the cutesy 'Underdark' of the Small World with some hilarious race choices like 'Dark Mime', and some relics and monster mechanics (which sort of fill in the role of the Lost Tribe).
2014-09-12
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Rafaël Theunis
Belgium
Antwerpen
Antwerpen
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9
Jul 2011
Very fun variant of Smallworld, equally beautiful and with a lot of interesting new races and special powers. A must-have for the fans
2011-07-12
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Seth Owen
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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9
Jun 2012
Small World
2012-03-25
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Adam Słowiński
Poland
Chorzów
Silesia
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9
Jul 2015
Nowy, lepszy Smallworld.
Artefakty mocno zmieniają rozgrywkę, trzeba jednak uważać, bo często robi się z niej "capture the flag".
2012-11-29
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Viktor Bozó
Hungary
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9
Jun 2011
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Tony Dehner
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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9
Nov 2011
Everything great about Small World and then some. The big attraction for me is the introduction of Places and Relics: both add a whole new dimension to the game. Some of the racial and special powers are a little wonky.

I think I like it as much as the original, but not more. My other SW-playing friends seem to agree: none of them felt the need to own it in addition to the original, but everyone agreed that when playing at our house, Underground is the version they would request.

We own the Tunnels expansion, and we're eager to try it out.
2012-08-28
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Michel Bédard
Canada
Québec
Québec
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9
Aug 2011
Played twice
2011-08-19
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Nick Koepke
United States
Eau Claire
Wisconsin
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9
Jul 2011
Now noting major has changed, but the refinements and new additions make it feel fresh. I also Love the art as always. Quality product all around.
2011-07-06
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andreo
Germany
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9
Jul 2012
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2011-12-15
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Patrick Dufour
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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9
Dec 2014
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2014-12-21
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Matt Lindhout
Canada
100 Mile House
BC
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9
Oct 2013
Loved this after the first try. Breathes new life into small world.
2011-08-23
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Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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9
Jul 2012
This gets the same rating as plain old Small World from me. A nice alternative if you want to play pretty much the same game with a small twist!

The most notable change is that when you beat the "natives", which are now monsters in Underground, you get to unveil a special ability for that space of the board, which is usually something somewhat powerful for whoever controls that space during the rest of the game. It's an interesting new twist, making various map spaces more desirable than usual.

You can also use the Tunnels promo to combine your vanilla Small World and this into a mega game! It's a bit of a pain with all of the bits, but works well and is fun!
2012-07-26
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Martin Cepelík
Czech Republic
Prague
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9
Jun 2011
I love Smallworld. It is one of my 10s. And I have been really looking forward to see Small World Underground. And after two games I have to say, that I'm not disappointed, but also not excited as I expected. SWU is more complex than original SW. This brings some new tasty flavor to the game, but also opens place for rules misunderstanding and confusion. Smallworld was the best for its simplicity which SWU is losing. I enjoyed first two games and will most likely play it again soon, but still original is better game for me... at least for now.
2011-06-15
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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9
Aug 2011
I've heard a lot of complaints about the garish nature of the graphics, but I like them. It's underground. Sure, it'll require a little visual reorientation, but I like that it's quite visually different from the core game, and parsing the information isn't so hard once you get used to it. The original had some information presentation issues also, the new one isn't notably different in that respect. In my opinion anyway.
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Quirkier racial and special powers make for a somewhat less elegant game, and the artifacts can encourage conflict ... But let's face it, Small World was never short on conflict to begin with, and some of the artifacts and places are pretty strong and can be swingy in a way that doesn't feel great, and there are some not-terrific interactions between places and powers (the powers that protect a space even after decline become very strong in combination with a decent-scoring place). Also, some of the Monty Python referential humor feels a little out of place. Lastly, it's not mechanically or thematically straightforward to combine expansions and sets. Most things are fine, but you'll need the ability to edit on-the-fly.

Still, with that off my chest, this is still Small World, which is a surprisingly good game. Not as clean as the original, so introduce people to the game with that, but some of the new quirkiness makes things interesting tactically, and despite having so many powers already they've managed to come up with a bunch of good new ones. The appearance is generally great and up to Days of Wonder standards, and the insert actually works All in all despite some minor irritations I'm quite happy with my purchase.
2011-09-23
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Marko Koskelo
Finland
Oulu
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9
Aug 2011
Little bit more complicated game than original but a good game nevertheless.
2011-08-22
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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9
Jul 2011
It is a nice addition for advanced players. It is more complex and there are quite a few needed clarifications. Components are great!
2011-07-08
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Canada
Saskatchewan
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Aug 2011
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A great version of one of my favourite games. There's a little more clutter than the regular game, but its great for something just a little different.

Full review here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/709214/a-step-below-the-...
2015-01-18
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David Spieth
United States
Michigan
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Jul 2011
This game is great. I really like the new objectives: places and items. It really adds 'king-of-the-hill' spots to the game concept.
2011-07-12
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Bess A.
United States
Euclid
Ohio
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Oct 2011
Might go to a 10 eventually. The more "gamerly" twists on this already great concept have really made this a hit for us. Particularly cool are the various new treasure and location tokens which focus players on different areas.
2011-10-11
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Zachary Smith
United States
Jonesborough
Tennessee
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Jul 2011
New races with cool new powers. Art and theme are dark yet cute and fun. I love the Popular Places and Righteous Relics. If you like Small World, you will dig this!
2011-08-06
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