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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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"LET'S PLAY BOARDGAMES!"
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The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
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10
Oct 2012
I love this game... randomly seeding the resources into the action spaces makes each round's action valuation a bit different each time, which makes each game flow a bit differently... you must try and get points in all areas and lead in points in at least one area to win... love the flow of the game, timing new workers, actions and dying workers together is everything... can't wait for expansions to increase the options even further!
2012-10-22
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Eddy Sterckx
Belgium
Vilvoorde
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10
Jul 2015
This game rocks - there are at least 4 viable paths to victory
2012-09-24
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Alexandre Garcia
Portugal
Tomar
Lisboa
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10
Oct 2012
Nice eurogame mechanics and original theme. I play Village everytime I can. It's the most tense game I know and the pleasure of playing it is always a 10.
2013-05-19
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Artur Zielinski
Poland
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10
Apr 2012
fantastic modern euro, top of its genre!
2012-04-08
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Mark Tietsort
United States
Windsor
California
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10
Jan 2013
Simply, Amazing. Great game, with a pitch perfect theme. If you want a game that uses it's theme NOT as a gimmick/throw in. Look no farther then "Village". Amazing.
2013-01-13
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Marthe Syversen
Norway
Olsvik
Hordaland
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10
Oct 2012
A new favorite!
2012-11-01
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Ben Vögel
United States
Golden Valley
Minnesota
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I've been on this site for 10 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I am, to some degree, sick of learning too many new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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10
Jan 2016
[6 plays] Briefly bewildering, but progresses very quickly after a turn or two. This is a beautiful game, with theme more integrated than most Euros. I've been thinking about this one ever since, and I have hopeful suspicions that it will be just as much fun with 2 players as it was with 4.

Update 2015: remains a favorite. This is a great game.

Most recent play Jan '16.
2016-01-27
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Skillz Skillz
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10
Jul 2012
Beautiful game - great theme and unique mechanism! Highly recommended!!!
2012-07-24
David Bancroft
United States
Elk Grove
California
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10
Nov 2014
A euro game that's actually fun. Great death mechanic.
2014-11-23
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Nick Greuel
Sri Lanka
Dulles
VA
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"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." -Mark 16:16
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10
Jul 2015
Michelle's favorite game.
2015-04-28
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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10
Dec 2012
Very well designed Euro.
2012-12-29
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Sweden
Jönköping
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10
Sep 2012
One of the best (if not the best) Eurogames I've ever played.
Great theme and feel of the game, with a great deal of strategy.

This is a worker placement game with a twist, eventually your workers (or "family members" as they are called in the rules) will die, which at first made me little sad when I lost some of my workers early in the game. But late in the game (a bit too late in fact) I realized that it can be desireable to have your workers die off early in the game to get them into the village chronicle before the other players (a bit morbid I know, but there is lots of easy points to be obtained that way).
2012-09-27
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finbar taub
United States
san diego
California
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10
Nov 2013
This is an awesome euro game. Many paths to victory, lots going on, and the meeple death is really cool. I love it - very charming game and a great design that was well tested and all works together perfectly.
2014-05-28
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Razor Charlie
Germany
Moers
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10
Jan 2013
Great game with an interesting mechanic.
Lots of strategies, but you need to do a bit of everything.
I like the way how collecting resources and taking actions is connected.
Some things may seem a bit illogical, but hey, it's a game.
The board looks great and the components are nice.
Fairly easy to teach. Takes some time because of the possibilities, but after the first round (round - not game) everybody knows whats going on.
I've played with 2 and 4 so far, works well either way, it gets much tighter with 4.
2013-01-04
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Ewgeniy Oganian
Germany
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10
Nov 2012
Very smart and elegant game with a bit of black humor
2012-11-25
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steve randall
United Kingdom
Loughton
Essex
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10
Feb 2014
my current fav game - play it whenever anyone will play with me. I'm not that good at it, but enjoy the game even when losing.
2013-02-26
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Jay Weesner
United States
Texas
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10
Jun 2013
This ended up being much different than what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of choices and their sometimes dire consequences for my meeples!
2013-05-20
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John Woods
Canada
Victoria
BC
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10
Jan 2013
Great worker placement game with great mechanics and multiple paths to winning. This game is quickly turning into my favorite game of all time.
2013-03-07
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Tiffany Bahnsen
United States
Hilliard
Ohio
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10
Feb 2013
One of my groups' favorite worker placement games. The theme can feel a little dry at times, but I really like the time mechanism and planning each generation of workers.
2014-06-07
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Matt Highfill
United States
Boston
MA
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10
Jan 2015
I am so impressed with this game! Excellent scalability.

Update 7/20/14: Played this game with 4 today. Previously, we had only played this with 2, and it is EXCELLENT with 2. Of course, it's even better with 4. What a great game. We played with 2 muggles and the Village totally clicked for both of them by the end of the first round, maybe before. On the surface, this is not a gateway game, as its weight and variety of options can be quite daunting for a non-gamer. Interestingly though, it's that same variety that offers new players a good deal of options for strategic planning. You can literally just pick any part of the game, exploit it to the best of your ability, and still feel like your doing well. Plus, the game is not that "tight," even with 4. I felt like I got to do pretty much whatever I wanted. This looseness, if you will, opens the game up and eases the stress for non-gamers. Fantastic game. Can't say enough about how good it is. I never thought it could be a gateway, but I was wrong!
2014-07-20
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Kenrick Fearn
France
Ruffec
Charente
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10
Oct 2014
Raised from 8 to 10 when played with first expansion ...I expect to raise to 11 with the port expansion which looks even better than the first expansion if possible
2014-10-27
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Park Jun-Hyun
South Korea
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10
Mar 2013
One of best game 2011.
2013-03-30
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Woody Harris
United States
Georgia
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10
Mar 2015
Add the expansions and this works well with 2-4. One of my top 10 no doubt.
2015-03-06
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Justin Killam
Canada
Yarmouth
Nova Scotia
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10
Aug 2014
2013: 2 plays
2014: 3 plays
2015: 3 plays
2016-01-01
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Flip the Switch

Minnesota
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10
Jul 2013
Love the game. Excellent balance.
2013-07-02
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Yan Castilloux
Canada
Quebec City
Québec
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10
Aug 2013
Mon premier vrai jeu de type Euro. Mérite un 10 avec l'extension L'auberge qui permet d'équilibrer le jeu.
2013-08-10
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Mister Schloetterer
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10
Feb 2014
Quite easy to play, yet you have to make interesting decisions all the time.
2015-01-15
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Daniel Solis
United States
Doral
Florida
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10
Sep 2014
2 − 4
2016-02-09
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Rob McBride
United States
Meridian
Idaho
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10
Nov 2015
Love this game. Simple mechanics but a lot of tough choices. Scales well from 2-4. Have not played this with 5.
2014-06-08
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Owais Aziz
Saudi Arabia
Jeddah
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10
Dec 2015
So under-rated! Unique mechanics - brilliant design!
2015-12-27
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Andrii Krokhmalnyi
Ukraine
Lviv
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10
May 2015
Sleeved.
2016-03-16
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Shaun Chen
Australia
Bribie Island
Queensland
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10
Aug 2015
Very unique death mechanism and great game design. A tad hard to get my head around. Game uses time as a resource amongst other things and also dying is not necessarily a bad thing.
2013-11-06
Pedro Hertman Rodrigues Valdetaro da Cunha
Brazil
Niteroi
Rio de Janeiro
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10
Jan 2014
jogo simplesmente perfeito , toda a parte grafica é deslumbrante , a mecanica de worker placement com morte é de deixar qualquer boquiaberto . o jogo tem uma beleza unica e uma profundidade estrategica fantastica
2014-01-29
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Dani (Jari)
Spain
Malaga
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10
Dec 2015
Muy entretenido y original! Una delicia jugarlo! Cada partida es distinta pudiendo elegir estrategias diferentes! Imprescindible la exp. Puerto! No jugaré nunca a este juego sin ella, haciendo de La Villa un juego de 10! Y lo mejor, que gusta a mis padres!
2016-01-15
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Proper Play
Portugal
Porto
Porto
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10
Nov 2014
Really fun worker placement game with very interesting mechanics and great re-playability. It can be a little overwhelming at first and hard to explain to newcomers but it's very interesting once you get the basics down. The game gets really intense with four players!
2014-12-26
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Rich Kilfoyle
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Mar 2015
Of all the games I've played of the "Euro" persuasion, this one is my favorite. Unlike a lot of the prototypical Eurogames, I feel the theme in Village really fits the mechanics and breathes additional life and narrative into the game. In addition to that, the game itself is very, very solid. I love the various routes to victory, and how all of the resources in the game interact with one another on some level. It makes for a very organic and satisfying experience in trying to optimize one's available resources and options.

I also really love the subtle black humor of the game. The game is essentially about having your family toil away their existence in their chosen field, working themselves to death in this medieval village. The ultimate catch being the only ones that really matter are those that are remembered for their work by the rest of the village. Maybe I read too much into it, but I love the sort of cynical reflection the game presents about our own culture and the ways we attribute meaning to our lives, while at the same time being so darned charming and pleasant about it. At first I thought the cutesy art style clashed with the rather morbid theme and mechanics, but now I've grown to think it's perfect. It sort of gives me a Monty Python vibe.

One of my top games. I love it!
2015-03-13
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Mary Ann Harrison
United States
Beavercreek
Ohio
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10
Apr 2016
Multigenerational worker placement.

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2014-08-16
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Mike Flavell
United Kingdom
Dereham
Norfolk
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10
Nov 2014
2-4
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2014-11-09
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Eglė Burokė
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10
Oct 2014
Great game!
2014-10-24
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trang s
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10
Nov 2014
ภรรยาผมชอบมากครับ เล่นกันจนกระดานแทบทะลุ ข้อดีเกมนี้คือกลับตัวแก้เกมได้ง่ายครับ สู้กันจนนาทีสุดท้าย
2014-11-18
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Andrew Hoffman
United States
White Bear Township
Minnesota
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10
Apr 2015
One of my favorite games. Very fair game play, regardless what strategy one focuses on.
2015-04-19
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Bryan Noel
United States
San Jose
California
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10
Dec 2014
Excellent game with deep strategy that rewards both planning ahead and flexibility. It offers many paths to victory, all of which are remarkably well balanced, and give the game plenty of replay value. And with its beautiful artwork and engaging theme, Village is a real home run.

This game is full of tough decisions; there are a lot of things to do in the village, but only so much you can actually accomplish before the game ends. You must always weigh the opportunity cost of choosing one action before another because the action you don't choose might not be there on your next turn. I should mention, however, that this tension is not accomplished in the normal worker placement way. There is no blocking when it comes to placing your workers. Rather there is a set amount of colored cubes in each general area of the board that denote the number of available actions, and these influence cubes double as a form of currency once they are picked up by the players. Once all of the influence cubes are gone from a given area, that area is closed until the next round. The game does offer one workaround to this in a pinch, but it involves spending three of your influence cubes which can be costly.

One of the strategic variables is in Village the length of the game itself, which will depend both on the number of players and on how quickly people run out their clocks and kill their workers. If everyone uses influence cubes to accomplish their tasks, the game can be very long indeed, but if people choose to work their family members harder by using more time, the graves will fill faster and the game will end much sooner. It is worth mentioning that in my experience the game usually lasts about 30-45 minutes per player, so the 75 minutes in the game description is a rather low estimate.

Another thing I like about this game is that the role of luck is kept to an absolute minimum. Most of the variation will come from players responding to one anothers' strategies. The better you can predict your opponents' strategies, the more you can plan ahead for yourself, and in some cases thwart or delay an opponent's plans. The only downside to this is that more experienced players will most likely have a significant advantage over new players, but this is to be expected in a good strategy game.

The only surefire advice I can offer a new player is, perform family actions (grow your family) early and often, and don't let any one player dominate a single area of the board unchallenged.
2014-12-23
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Samir Naji
Saudi Arabia
Al-Khobar
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10
Jan 2016
Beautiful design and logical mechanics. Excellent!
2016-01-26
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Paul Rahn
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Apr 2015
A colorful game. Many factors are to be balanced in deciding the best of several ways to score points. The random cube draw enhances replayability. Game length is good. I love this game!
2015-04-11
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Frank Weiß
Germany
Ravensburg
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10
May 2015
An amazing worker placement game, brillant theme and some very innovative mechanism! Also good with two players.
2015-05-31
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Uwe Roeder
Germany
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10
Aug 2015
Besonders der Faktor Zeit, den man mit der Lebenszeit der Figuren erkauft, ist sehr ansprechend.
2015-08-20
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liher rubio
Spain
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10
Oct 2015
2-4 jug
2016-01-15
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Lando Griffin
United States
Minnesota
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10
Jan 2016
Based one one and a half plays this game seems amazing. Time will tell if this rating will hold up, but based on what it does for the type of game it is, I think it's likely to retain its appeal.
2016-01-10
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Shanda Hoover
United States
Port Orchard
Washington
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9.94
Aug 2015
One of my top 10 worker placement games. I enjoy the basic game a lot and have recently acquired both of the expansions.
2016-04-14
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Mário Medeiros
Brazil
Petrópolis
Rio de Janeiro
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9.9
Oct 2015
Really good euro game. The "everything is worth" sense in this game is better than in the others I've played with the same characteristic.

It feels that you're really growing a family, and they're really specializing in what they do. Very good Euro, even for an ameritrasher like me. =D
2013-07-24
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