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Title Version User
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9
Feb 2012
6.646
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2004
9
Sep 2014
7.254
Owned
Usually when someone describes a game as "unforgiving" it means that a careless noob move will give your opponents a lasting edge. I have never seen a game, though, that will so cheerfully allow you to bury yourself, even playing solitaire. I highly recommend playing first using the excellent Java hotseat program; don't engage any human opponents until you feel confident that you can win against a friendly opponent that you control.
2010-10-01
9
Feb 2011
6.015
Plays: 4
Still in development, but working toward something like a zero-luck update of Kremlin. We don't have Kremlin's hidden faction mechanic, which is a pity, but we do have brisk gameplay without dice, which Kremlin lacks. Of course, there's plenty of opportunities for negotiation and backstabbage, too. The voting mechanic is, so far as I know, totally unique. The scoring borrows from Tigris & Euphrates, but (unlike T&E) allows some benefit to a big score in one area. This is going to be a fun and unique game.

UPDATE: On the boat!
2012-08-20
Avalon Hill Edition
Year: 1983
9
Feb 2011
5.868
Owned
I have many happy memories of this awesome game. Grognards will complain that it is just a very basic wargame with some chrome tacked on, but fantasy and RPG fans will see it for what it's meant to be: a chance to take part in a massive struggle between legendary forces, using basic wargame mechanics to regulate the action.

This entry is for my original, somewhat musty copy.
2011-03-23
El Grande (1995)
8.5
Apr 2012
7.722
Owned
It's hard to imagine anyone ever making a better area majority game--this one is just about perfect.
2010-10-25
English / German first edition
Year: 2009
9
Apr 2012
7.448
Owned
Plays: 4
I like this game more each time I play it. My only complaint might be that there are too many different ways to score points and win--the game always seems to end just as my machine starts humming. It's a bit like Race for the Galaxy in that regard: it isn't the most efficient machine that wins, but rather the machine that's pretty decent soonest in the game.
2010-09-10
Eggertspiele edition
Year: 2006
9
Jul 2011
7.438
Owned
Plays: 1
Virtually perfect game, whether you play with or without the investor card. No luck, simple rules, great bits, perfect balance, there's nothing not to love here.

Revised down to 9 after additional plays: the game always ends with the rondel-pump, which is pretty boring. Also, it would be nice if there was a consensus on the investor card. I have played both ways and find the game very different depending on which way one plays, but can't say which one is better.
2011-07-04
First edition
Year: 2005
9
Sep 2010
7.211
Owned
Plays: 1
A bit like an 18xx game, but fiddlier and much prettier to look at. The abstraction of city values is replaced with a complex pickup-and-deliver mechanic, while the whole stock value mechanic is streamlined. I hope I'm able to get this to the table often enough to really grasp everything that's going on--it is a bit long for some folks. While I agree with the many who have said that the map is difficult to make out at times, but I find that it's good-looking enough to be worth the extra trouble.
2010-10-04
English third edition 2010
Year: 2010
9
Oct 2010
6.146
Owned
Plays: 6
This is probably the best game on Bruno Faidutti's Nasty Games list. And wow, it truly deserves its spot--it's ugly! No matter how the opening cards fall, they weave an intricate web of hidden motives, driving players to pick and take sides in conflicts when they'd really rather shut up and row. This is definitely one to play with a thick-skinned group. There isn't a whole lot of strategy that isn't obvious from the outset, but everyone will have fun.
2010-10-01
9
Oct 2010
5.846
Owned
A great idea for an expansion: a character who can actually do something nice for others. 8ˆ) It's fun to hear the person at the front of the boat call out "there's a medical kit in here!" and see whether someone will try to grab it before it makes its way back to the good doctor. Count on a visit from the Kid if you try it.
2010-10-25
9
Aug 2013
5.667
Owned
A quick trading game with more under the hood than is obvious at first glance, reminds me of a Knizia title.
2013-08-06
9
Jan 2013
6.785
Owned
Plays: 2
Who knew a roll-and-move could be so much fun? There is a fair amount of luck, but not so much as one might think. With this and Magic Realm, AH seemed to hit on something: even though I know what's going to be on the board in the end, it's a lot of fun to go out there and find it and make the most of it.
2011-11-06
9
Sep 2014
6.849
Owned
A bear to learn (note to Mr. Eklund: rules in glossary form are not pleasant), but a joy to play. Clearly a labor of love, dripping with thematic detail. Every session tells a story that's memorable.
2014-04-27
9
Feb 2011
5.642
Owned
Want In Trade
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Amazing game--really want another copy to try and scale it up to 8+ players.
2010-10-27
Roads & Boats (1999)
9
Sep 2014
7.193
Owned
Plays: 1
An awesome system, but make sure your opponent is taking it about as seriously as you are. A player just "having fun" versus a serious analyst makes for a frustrating and boring experience.
2010-11-15
Tammany Hall (2007)
9
Jun 2011
6.835
Owned
Scales well, plays fast, very little luck. What's not to love? Perhaps best of all, it's the most thematically consistent Euro-wood-cube game I've ever played. It all makes perfect sense. "The Irish on the Upper West Side love me, because I helped so many of them to get settled there", or "I might be able to hold on to Ward 7, but I'll have to call in a lot of favors." Just a great game, all around.
2011-06-23
Mayfair English edition 2008
Year: 2008
9
Apr 2012
7.652
Owned
Plays: 1
Falling somewhere between a pure-abstract game and a Martin Wallace-style tactical economy-builder, Tigris and Euphrates is just about perfect. Beginners always have trouble distinguishing the internal and external conflicts, but a few examples usually clear this up. T&E can be very boring if everyone tries to be too nice, and it can be extremely frustrating if everyone is too aggressive. Once the group finds a workable balance, though, it just works.
2010-10-04
English Deluxe edition 2009
Year: 2009
9
May 2010
8.222
Owned
Plays: 1
This one has the big, epic feel of one of those old AH wargames that I played as a teenager, but without the 50-page rulebook.
2010-10-01
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