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Two Reviews in Two - Trying Something New

Laszlo Molnar
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In Fall 2012, within a month, eggertspiele came up with two Reiner Knizia tile-laying games.

I do think these share quite a lot in common, and their differences also connect them in some fun way: together they add up the rules of Acquire.

Lacxox wrote:
both of them are tile-laying, Spectaculum with stocks (entertainer cards) and Qin with merging (absorbing provinces).


1. Play one of your 6 tiles on the board - 3 of your 3/4 tiles (Spectaculum)/1 of your 3 tiles (Qin)
- placing it next to another tile means founding a hotel chain (and acquiring a bonus stock) - in Spectaculum you place it next to the corresponding starting field, in Qin first the starting province spaces, thus already founding a province and placing one of your pagodas.
- growing a hotel chain means raising stock value - in Spectaculum it might raise OR decrease entertainer card value; in Qin you get to place another pagoda if it size grows 5-tile or larger
- connecting to other tiles can also raise stock value - in Qin if you reach villages you might place another pagoda there
- merging two chains: is not possible in Spectaculum but very possible in Qin.
- Just like in Acquire, bigger chain acquires smaller chain (absorb province).
- Hotels with 11 tiles or more are safe and cannot be acquired: provinces with 5 tiles or more are safe and cannot be absorbed (Qin). Still these can acquire/absorb further smaller chains/provinces.

2. Buy up to 3 stock at current price
- Buy OR sell up to 2 entertainer cards at current price, before AND/OR after the placement of tiles.

3. Draw a new random tile
- draw 3/1 new random tiles (Spectaculum/Qin)

In the end, active hotels pay bonuses and players can sell all of their stock at current price
- Players can sell all of their entertainer cards at current price (Spectaculum)

So I decided to write two reviews of these brothers - but the reviews are brothers too.
Acquire Your Circus Artists Low, Sell Them High Through the Kingdom (1st Part of the Knizia/eggertspiele Fall 2012 Tile-laying Brothers Double-review)
Lion & Bird – Found, Expand, Absorb Provinces, Connnect and Conquer Villages in Ancient China (2nd Part of the Knizia/eggertspiele Fall 2012 Tile-laying Brothers Double-review)

In these reviews I talk about my opinion on the games, of course, but also about their connections to other, older games and try to find their place in the universe of Reiner Knizia's tile laying games defined by 6 games (Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Through the Desert, Ingenious, Stephenson's Rocket, Rheinländer).

Well... That's all I wanted to say.
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