Gaming heaven. Will write a detailed comparison with Agricola one day. Still exploring its many facets, but already the deepest, most engaging, intense, gamer's game in years. Maybe a little too heavy for the Spiel des Jahres, but all my money says it's the best bet for the Deutsch Spiel Preis. To those who complain about the length, I say : "The longer the better! Savor the length, prolong the pleasure!" (OMG! Did that comes across so porny? Ahh, as Gordon Gekko says, "It's better than sex!")
P/S - It's so good that I made a little "expansion" for 7 players, check out my thread on that.
The best Evolution themed game, ever. IMHO American Megafauna is more educational BUT less playable.
Fun, seemingly light, but actually medium depth pure euro! Has a mishmash of mechanics, which results in a smooth blend of brain-burning goodness! Might replace staples such as Stone Age in my collection. Did I also mention nice bits?
Hard to beat in the "addictive light filler" & "casino substitute" categories.... like your favourite sinful snacks, once you start you can't just stop at one play. In fact I have never rated a mere card game so high (2 de Mayo is NOT a pure card game okay?) Very soon you'll find your Dominion & RFTG expansions gathering dust, so might as well sell em off & buy this! ^_^
The best heavy euro from Splotter since Indonesia! Cost me an arm & a leg, but finally picked this up. Tacked on theme, but innovative mechanics, asymmetrical powers, self-balancing VCs, and very well balanced despite the asymmetry. Excellent brain-burner, and highly interactive play. Oh, btw you need the right kind of gamer, too... no intellectually retarded wimps, pleeze!
Probably my favorite Martin Wallace game! The perfect blend of theme, history, mechanics, and gameplay! 3 possible ways to win, 2 different ways to get points... only points may not always win you the game!
As always, the hallmark of a superlative game is simple rules, and yet great strategic depth arising from the mechanics, map, different strategies, inter- & intra- faction conflicts, the co-opetition between players, and sometimes sudden, dramatic about turns.
None of your damn cube pushing, multi-level upgrading, card-drafting, dice-rolling, monster generating crap. Only the best, streamlined, finely balanced mix of faction, region, type, and timeline concentration of the cards.
The most underrated abstract euro ever, beautifully fluid competition-cooperation game, unique mechanics, one of my favorite games for all types of gamers, very simple rules, very deep gameplay, and so meaty for a 30-minute game. Huge replayability.
Stone Age sans dice & plus Ninjas! Gambattei! Very high fun factor - raiding enemy strongholds, fighting deadly warriors, executing killer kungfu moves, stealing treasures, bribing envoys, etc etc...what's not to like?
Wickedly thematic euro with a lot of interaction & "take that"! If only all the corporate climbing & backstabbing at your office were this fun... not to mention the hidden archenemy factor - so much evil goodness in one box!
You're supposed to simultaneously track all the special features of all your cards, your opponents' cards, the possible combos, what they are doing, and second guess what they intend to do, all in color coded, tiny, text, and often upside down on the other side of the table.
Thanks, but if I needed a headache that badly, I'll go to a heavy metal concert & stand right next to the bass speakers.
It does double duty as both a conversation piece & a game in & of itself, plus it's so cool & OOP, you just can't help putting out your hand to touch & move the rings around a bit, just to upset the equilibrium!
Great fun! Feels like Dominant Species lite. Or a non-offensive Tomorrow. Which is actually a compliment - almost no luck, no multiple action selection pawns, and... tahdah!!! it has cute, cuddly, colorful dinosaurs! Very streamlined, easy to "get" the rules, yet a lot of variety & depth despite the fixed board & 6 staple actions. And did I mention cute dinosaurs? Darwinism in motion!
Take Alien Frontiers. Add plethora of Rube Goldberg contraptions which churn out some equivalent of VPs at the end. Remove all fun & randomness from the dice rolls. Throw in unreadable medieval text & barely discernible yellow & white colors on the board & cards. Voila! You get Troyes.
A very troying dice game. Beware of Geeks bearing gifts. This Trojan Horse hides an army of modifiers who will massacre any semblance of chance in your dice game. Why bother with dice at all???
Heard & read good things about it... although the length & complexity will deter all but the most dedicated gaming connoisseurs (a bit like eating fugu?) Provisional rating based upon similar CDGs I have played
It's a kickstarter, and on the surface appears to be a social/party game... but underlying this cutie is a medium weight euro that's actually consistent with its theme, and also emphasizes the high interaction so often absent in heavier euros, plus the cooperative/competitive element that makes a certain type of game so fun. Many many opportunities, for working together or alone, piggybacking, screwage, and putting on bets. In fact, the betting aspect reminds me of Manila & Stone Age, only here there is (surprise!) no dice! Although, coming from Dice Hate Me games, it should be no surprise. Reading your opponents/ collaborators/ friends well is at the heart of this game, and so is calculating your odds rationally & playing a good poker game.
A unique game which cleverly weaves mechanics & theme in an amazingly satisfying way. It fills a very unique niche - both in the historical category & in the genre. Actually it straddles and incorporates several different mechanics in a very homogeneous whole. But just don't try this with your average party gamer/noob crowd. In the planning stage, it gets so quiet you could hear a pin drop! A Thinker's Game. Deep strategy & reading your opponents. It feels almost Martin Wallace-ish.
Like Noah, I collect games by ""best of breed". Discovered this gem (pun intended, haha) yesterday night. This goes to the top of my Auction/Bidding game list, displacing games like Modern Art et al, which are showing their age. Besides the very clever half open/half hidden bidding mechanics for almost everything, it also has a lot more going on, and all of those mesh beautifully for a game with strategic depth, yet plays well within an hour. The minor complaints of tacked-on-theme, moldy bits, and hence my nickname of "Yeast" for that unpronounceable title, do not detract from my lofty rating.