Sacrifice to Amun-Re which determines income your farmers produce for you. Build temples for victory points and score bonus points for meeting certain criteria if you hold a power card. I suck at this game but love it so so much. I love the mathematical calculations one must do when your buying resources.
A attacks B and now B is weakened so C attacks B in 6 player games so I'll never play this with 5 or 6. Played with 4 and it's a decent game. Finally changed my mind. We started attacking once everyone got to about 5 or 6 VPs and 9VPs are need for victory. I still wonder how this game would play out if you had to get 2 additional VPs (so 11VPs in a 4 player game). Then there would be quite the battles. Still my overall sentiment is for a game that has battles but yet strongly discourages it doesn't quite do the magic for me. Imperial now that is a game I'm looking forward to trying.
Own Sac Noir edition. Prefer variant bidding with 10 beans for each player. Either bid to 'not take' and every bid loses whatever they bid or bid 'to take'. Starting bids can be zero. Some pretty amazing structures can be built.
French Asmodee portable edition from www.levalet.com which I absolutely love. Have my eye on the Face2Face Feb 2007 edition. This is a classic game that definitely belongs in everyone's gaming collection.
2nd Edition white and blue bought at Target $22. My sister has 1st edition which is light grey and blue. Difference as far as I could tell is the buttons and also has a blue backlight so it's easier to read compared to the first edition which doesn't have a backlight. It has 10,000 words/phrases and not sure how many the 1st edition has. It's fun to play with family members...wouldn't suggest pulling this out at game night though.
I remember winning the 3rd Grade Chess Championship. My prize? Mickey Mouse glow-in-the-dark calendar, how cool was that? Also remember in 5th grade going to a chess club and our teacher was from India. Each week one of us got to play him. I beat him and he kept asking how I did it and what book I read. I've never read a chess book nor do I ever intend to. Chess is just a fun game for me. Then I came in the top 10 in elementary school in 5th grade. The championship was organized by the librabrian a big chess nut. She had a live size board with students dressed up to move as the two battled it out. Oh yes, I really suck at playing since it's been awhile since I've played. Come on elementary students...game on. I'll play a game of chess with ya!
Now I know I won't have to try to seek this out-of-print title. Problem is you if you draw a tile that doesn't benefit you and you also draw crap tiles that don't benefit anyone else there is nothing you have to negotiate with.
I knew I shouldn't have played the demo. Pre-painted miniatures but with stats on the base and also details underneath the base. I have 2 starters, 1 vinyl mat, and 6 base boosters and 6 baxar's war boosters. Ok I've played this game a good number of times and it's awesome....replayability is through the roof. Absolutely love this. Ok I love this game...it's a 10. I can say that after about 30 games. Can't imagine this ever getting old and with new creatures coming out all the time it's awesome.
Rating 4 for a 2 player game Nov 6, 2006. Played with 3 and it's an ok game but which probably was awesome in 1974. It has the same cost/move as Amun-Re has for purchasing goods (3 for 6, 4 for 10, 5 for 15, 6 for 21). We used poker chips for the carrots instead of those carrot cards. Gave my copy away January 2007.
Have tons of expansions and two base sets. I've never played it. My kids just play their own fantasy version of battles, etc. The pre-painted figures are awesome. Always buy when ToysRUS has their 2-1 sale.
Probably introduced this game as a gateway game to over 25 people and not one hasn't liked it. If you explain it well they'll get it. First game though it's just a learning to get an idea of what value of the cards should be. The values are different in a 3, 4, and 5 player game. Obviously 5 player games you see 40 and 50 million bids since it'll be lower scoring and more competition.
Way way way way way better than Antike. Definitely play WITHOUT THE INVESTOR CARD. Use advanced rules and it's even a better game. Absolutely love the way this plays out and how you can get creamed in war but as long as you have money then you can invest in the nations that are doing well.
Would be an awesome game if there wasn't too much randomness. Definitely had the makings to be a great game with the scoring mechanisms. This is a much better game 2 players and probably is a 6 but with 3 or 4 players it's a crap game.
This is a fun game. Not quite as good as Tichu but it's a tad different but fun fun fun. These extremely nice tiles I'm sure you could come up with a nice advanced version of Coda (Algo) to play too. I may have to get this one someday.
Bought my version July 2006 in Japan at Toys R US for 2500yen about $22. It's the 2006 Edition...cheaper than Funagain $40 and also gamesurplus $30. I've played the original and this one and to me it's the same fun experience. Grandparents can play with their grandkids.
FAQ says you don't ever run out of stones. Awesome game pieces and beautiful to look at. Only played it twice. Update: Ok now played 3 times.....first two times had way too many rules wrong. Not a bad game when played correctly. Still not sure if it's worth buying though.
ordered from levalet.com for $50 including shipping to U.S. Ok so played it a few times. Kids like it I think it's ok. Let me reiterate that my one kid really really likes this so yeah I guess it's worth it. Don't get it for an adult only game though...you've been warned. I give it a 6 rating for adults and a 8 rating for kids so average them out for an 7 rating.
Blind auction. Put card secretly in the Forum and if there are just a few cards of that type collect income. Then reveal Senate cards and based on a random known card gain influence for each card. Most influence gets 3VP, 2nd most influence 2VP, and 3rd most influence gains 1VP. Just kinda way too random. I prefer to play a half-bidding game like Ys instead.
Holy cow I think our 2nd game with 2 player only took 20 mins. Once everyone knows what to do this guy flies like the mother ship to the homeland. Played 3 player and this is a pretty sweet game. I like it better than Alhambra even though the two aren't that closely related.
I remember a video interview (with boardgames with Scott) where the designer said he just came up with the connection costs based on how far they were in real life. In other words, screw gameplay just doing it realistically and voila and magic formula that just works.
Ok I've played this about 15 to 20 times and I just don't see huge replayability. Do the world a favor and get the best Gigamic game with tons of replayability which is Quoridor. Gave away my copy of this.
Used to have original edition but got travel edition instead for portability. Travel one just doesn't have places to put 10 walls for each player. But it's large enough to play with. I prefer the travel edition which is 6" x 6" x 1.5". For a 10 min quick abstract doesn't get much better than this and Hive.
Decent game where you play all make sets of 2 to 6 with all being the same color or different color OR all being the different color and different shape OR all being different color and same shape. I think I got them all.
Initially turned off by the look of those 6 dice markers thinking oh boy here we go again another dicefest. It's not like that at all. I love the gameplay and variety. Definitely picking this one up in my next order. Only learning curve is learning the cards. The PDF rules are posted. Print out page 5 and 6 duplex two copies for both players and voila it's not a problem to reference them.
My wife and I played 3 games and I still love this game but she absolutely hates it. Weird cuz she likes BattleLine for instance.
Purely own for childhood memories. I like to play a quick track down the thief with the kids. Let them push the clue button and within 7 to 10 clues we attempt to make an arrest. So we only take out the board, computer handheld, and character cards.
More strategic than one would think. I like it...considering buying it sometime in the future perhaps. I like playing this on littlegolem.net and that I give it an 8. When playing against the AI on yourturnmyturn.com I give it a 7. When playing face to face I give it a 7 because it's takes a bit of time. I think if I can get my wife to practice on the computer she'd enjoy it more face to face.
Played twice now....ok this game is hard to wrap your head around first time for sure but once everyone gets it after 3 or so rounds start over and play the game. I thought Samurai scoring was difficult to explain...this one is a humdinger for sure but great bidding system I love it. Most likely will go up after some more plays. I'm guessing 4 or 5 is best though.
Played three times. Don't like the part where you scramble to move your guys to a particular terrain for the next phase. Also attacking near the end it's quite hard when the defending has fortification cards and can declare the terrain type. Jimminee Christmas.
Advanced version of Hey That's My Fish. Things that are similiar are movement and trapping opponents into regions. May have a problem with the endgame as it's pretty much decided solely on the last region scored. Played twice and each time it's all about the endgame....hmmmmm.
pretty for sure but not strategic enough. Two important things which aren't clear in the rules. 1. You must have a guard of your own color and either a neutral guard or an opponents guard to be able to place a thief of yours into that palace. Also it says 'next one' and one might think you must move guards in a clockwise direction if you look at the examples in the rule book. Terrible translation for sure for causing confusing. Whoever Queen had translate this game to English needs to be replaced with a translator that can convey game rules in a competent manner. Having said all this though the gameplay I'm rating it and ignoring the rules.
I initially had a bad attitude going into this game. I even refused to buy it but after some comments by some gaming buddies I had no choise. I was glad I did I like it quite a bit. Trust me this isn't solitaire stuff like Princes of Florence is...not even close.
Played with tons of people and it's a blast. Everyone from young ones to old ones can have fun. It works ok with 2 players each get 8 dice. With 3 it works still but just not as good with 4. Some say there's no control over die rolls and to lessen the luck factor just make every die count as 1 x whatever it's on. Don't do that. I say if you see a 5 or 6 on a 3x or 4x then obviously it's a target that others must take down with precision accuracy. If you let it stay on then it's your own fault for not knocking it off. I've played over 250 games of this in the three months I've had it. I love this and crokinole quite a bit. Update: bump to a 10 because for a 10 min filler doesn't get much better than this for loud fun being able to play 2 hours sessions with my Brother-in-Law who wouldn't be caught dead playing a Euro game try as I might.
Not so great with 3 players (in fact I'll never play it again with just 3 players). 4 or 5 players is much much better. Played 5 player and everyone enjoyed it "This is a good game' was one of the comments. I agree fun light filler. Takes about 30-40 mins for 5 players.
Wow haven't played anything like this ever. Absolutely love it. Tension up the ying yang. Reminds me of the song "I'm Torn". After 35+ or so plays this game is awesommmmmmmmme. I own the 2nd Edition. Here's my Quick Overview of the game with tons of photos. http://mrbass.org/boardgames/twilightstruggle
Played it again this time with all the correct rules and now I quite like this game. It's funny because had I not got it for $20 with free shipping I know I wouldn't have bought this. Now I'm really glad I own it. Replaced crap plastic poker chips with nice Caesars Palace heavy poker chips.
I like the conflict resolution. I'm glad I got a chance to try it. Let's see you can take out their Cortex (brain), Left Arm, Right Arm or Movement ability. Can cast some wizard spells with focus points, etc.
At first liked it, then thought not great, then liked it again. Definitely requires the right crowd just like Werewolf does. After repeated plays it's ok but not sure if I'll hang on to it anymore though. Jan 2007 gave my copy away.
This thing moves fast and it's pretty hard to get the food even with the oversized chopsticks. Of course if one pushes down on the bowl you can slow it down a little bit. It's fun but the replayability suffers here. Got for $10 at Tuesday Mornings store.
ok got this free....no wonder it was free. The entire strategy of the whole game is if your ahead end the quarter (can do twice in a game). Oh yeah each player has one other strategic move possible play their "Time Out" card to switch decks with opponent. That's it....might as well play the game War instead.
definitely not going over too well with the newbies I've introduced it to. I like it though. Update: ok played it with 3 groups of players and it's not going over well at all. Refreshing use of the dice but not too much going on. Oh well.