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★ Siddis Vicious ★
Norway
Stavanger
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10
Nov 2014
My first delve into the COIN series. A card-driven asymmetrical game set during the Cuban Revolution. It's more of a political area control game than a wargame. It takes a couple of plays to fully understand and be able to strategize using each faction's actions, but once you know your stuff the game really shines. A huge plus is that the game is playable solo against bots. The bots are a bit easier to manage than in the other COIN games. Cuba Libre is considered to be the best entry level COIN game, and is often referred to as a "knife fight in a phone booth" due to it's smaller map size compared to the other games in the series.
2015-07-07
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Paul Thompson
United Kingdom
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10
Oct 2013
Very challenging, subtle and hugely entertaining. Break out the rum.
2013-10-20
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Tim Roberts
United Kingdom
Colwyn Bay
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10
Dec 2013
Card-driven asymmetrical game set during the Cuban Revolution. Like other games in the ‘COIN’ series there are four different factions each vying to achieve very different victory goals and the game is driven by cards determining turn order and the option of triggering an event. Players then use available resources to perform certain actions depending on the faction they control e.g. recruit, move, attack etc. The brilliance of this game, like others in the series, is the balance players have to strike in aiming for their own victory conditions whilst preventing opponents from achieving theirs, which can be difficult due to their asymmetry. Due to the smaller map it plays quite differently from the series’ previous effort ‘Andean Abyss’ and this leads to far more direct competition within specific areas, resulting in ‘CL’ being an absorbing and tense game requiring sophisticated strategies for success.
2013-12-06
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David S
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
May 2014
I really enjoyed Andean Abyss (and still do), but then Cuba Libre hit the table. This game just keeps getting better with every play. Excellent system filled with plenty of solid, difficult choices.
2014-07-24
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Daniel Thurot
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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10
Jul 2014
My favorite entry in the COIN Series!

Read my review here: http://spacebiff.com/2014/06/05/cuba-libre/
2014-07-23
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Przemyslaw Bozek
Scotland
Glasgow
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10
Apr 2014
Great introduction to the COIN system. Really like the new card-driven dynamics without open hands
2014-04-16
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Juha Kettunen
Finland
Joensuu
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10
Jun 2014
The core theme of a socialist insurgency could make me sick, but fortunately the opposition is much more interesting. Mob gangsters, anti socialist students and ruthless dictatorship are there to win my heart.

Gameplay creates a unique story, an alternative history of stuff that actually went down. Before seeing it in action, I hated the idea of missing Hand Management, but the Card Drafting mechanic of COIN is simply brilliant. COIN is the best effort of multiplayer wargame with Variable Player Powers and unique victory conditions I have seen. Some factions are natural allies, some not so much, but their goals aren't necessarily diametrically opposite. Every decision in the chaotic insurgency/counterinsurgency situation takes all the brainpower a player has in this easy to learn but difficult to win epic system.
2014-07-06
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POUM
Sweden
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10
Feb 2015
Awesome.
2015-02-24
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Stephan Vornbaeumen
Germany
Osnabrück
Niedersachsen
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9.9
Dec 2014
My Ranking
2014: Rank 3
2013: Rank 8
2014-12-28
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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9.5
Jan 2014
Another winner in the COIN series. This one has a different feel from Andean Abyss and a Distant Plain. There are fewer provinces and pieces so you tend to have several factions in each province which dramatically increases the player interaction. The one downside is that late in the game, you might find yourself fighting with the same player over the same thing and neither of you have any viable alternatives so you can churn quite a bit making an action and then having your opponent reverse it only to have you redo it again. I found the game to be balanced between the factions, but this also made it a bit harder for someone to complete their victory condition. This is why I'm giving this a slightly lower rating than the other COIN titles.
2014-01-04
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Bob Long
United States
Woodbridge
Virginia
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9.5
Nov 2013
Been waiting for a game like this . Cuban Revolution, CDG, interesting mechanics, COIN system, GMT games, Volko Ruhnke, you can't go wrong. Ok, had a play through, and going to play again. Really like the player factions and the cards that are used in the game. the Directorio is an interesting faction to play. Very unique historical interpretation in this game.

Has taken me a while to wrap my head around the mechanics and actions. But with additional play will be able to work out the strategies that this system offers. May reduce to 9 but love the history of this period and looking forward to the next design in the series.
2013-11-06
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Kevin Bacon
United States
Stevens Point
Wisconsin
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9.5
Feb 2014
I'm really loving the COIN series. I've only played this one solo, but I'm liking it a bit more than Andean Abyss. The play time is shorter. I would rate it a 10 but there are some points where the AI, being controlled by flowcharts, does things that seem a little unintelligent near the end game. Overall, another win for the COIN series.
2014-02-26
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Rodi de Boer
Netherlands
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9.5
Apr 2014
P500.
This is a great game. Great theme.
2014-04-01
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Andy High
United States
Brentwood
Tennessee
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9.5
Oct 2014
Tied for my favorite COIN game right now with Fire in the Lake. The smallest and tightest of all the games in the series: the buildup, tension, attack phases are shorter and more numerous. Very tense!
2014-10-07
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Ocean Druen
United States
Buffalo Grove
IL
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9.3
Jan 2014
I like this slightly better than AA. I know that it gets less flack because it is not about Afghanistan, but so what. The small board means that you can be in constant conflict, all sides will find reasons to work together (and work against each other).
2013-11-21
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Duck Farmer
Australia
Ziggurat City
Phantasmagoria
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9
Nov 2013
An excellent and accessible introduction to the COIN series - I would start here rather than Andean Abyss; it's much more tractable and accessible with a significantly shorter playing time. Plays well solo too, even without using the bots. Initial rating of 9.
2015-04-02
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Igor Sangulin
Croatia
Zagreb
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9
Oct 2014
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2014-11-06
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Andrew Eynon
Wales
Llandudno
Conwy
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9
Jan 2014
I prefer the theme and playability of this over Andean Abyss. Excellent Euro Wargame hybrid.
2014-08-11
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Jari Kemppainen
Finland
Kuopio
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9
Jun 2014
Simplest of the COIN series games. Maybe that's why I like it most. Thematically interesting. Waiting for the game of Russian civil war...
2015-07-02
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Ken Dilloo
United States
Bothell
Washington
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9
Jul 2014
Can't....stop.....playing. Such a brilliant, fluid system. Wonderfully brutal decisions. Captures the history in a cozy primordial soup of aggression and retribution.
2013-09-28
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Steve Carey
United States
West Coast
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9
Oct 2013
[playtester] This game really delivers the goods, and makes a perfect introduction to the COIN series (familiar enough yet different enough).

One of the best playtesting experiences I've ever had. Play is tight and tense.

As released, a terrific package.
2013-12-16
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David
New Zealand
Auckland
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9
Aug 2014
Very good entry in the COIN system. Very accessible in terms of game size, setup, and playtime. The game offers an excellent solo experience playing either the Govt or 26July. The beauty about the system is that having learned one game, the others are just that much easier to get into. I really appreciate the diverse nature of the subject matter for the series and Cuba Libre offers a very interesting setting. As a bonus one gets to learn a little about the history of the country. This game feels tighter than Andean Abyss and I feel like I have more control with less interference. In other words my plans seem more likely to succeed than say in AA. I prefer this to AA at the moment due to the fact that it is easier to set up an play than AA and the control factor. As usual absolutely top notch components. This is an excellent solo game.

2014-09-17
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Jason Lindsay
United States
Soquel
California
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9
Mar 2014
Fantastic game. Small map is deceiving. There is A LOT of game here.
2014-03-21
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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9
Oct 2013
Well done! Includes C3I#27 variant counters.
2014-01-09
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Christopher Slugocki
Canada
Hamilton
Ontario
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9
Jan 2014
Sweet entry point into the COIN series of games. Love the setting of this conflict.
2015-02-10
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Jon
Canada
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9
Mar 2014
BASED ON LIMITED EXPERIENCE:

Scaled down entry in the COIN series. Smaller map, fewer provinces/city/resources, smaller deck and fewer pieces than Andean Abyss and ADP. Which means it can be played quicker than its siblings.

Like the other games in the series, it is fun and challenging. You feel engaged at all times during player activations since you can easily be the current target. Might be difficult on the Government player, but more experience needed to confirm.

The old wargamer in me hesitates slightly what with some of the seemingly omnipotent offensive play (by which I mean actions which are difficult if not impossible to prevent). I think though that that is due more to my outlook in that I am not adjusting my play to those powerful actions. They exist and so I must learn to mitigate them.

The COIN series are my current multi player option of choice. Recommended.

LATER UPDATE: Further play has me enjoying this more and more. I now think that J26 are the toughest side to play too.
2014-07-31
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Mark Evans
United States
Berlin
New Hampshire
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9
Oct 2013
1-4. Best with 4.
2015-06-19
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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9
Oct 2013
A perfect entry level COIN game to get used to the rules and mechanics of the series. Recommend starting with this one before going on to Distant Plain or Andean Abyss.
2013-10-02
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Roger Hobden
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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9
Mar 2014
Another great game in the same category as Andean Abyss !
2014-03-31
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David Siskin
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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9
Oct 2013
My favorite COIN game. Short, straight-forward, and fun.
2013-10-20
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Richard Pomeroy
United States
Chester Springs
Pennsylvania
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9
Mar 2015
One solo learning play so far - preliminary assessment - Brilliant!
Need multiple plays to be certain but I suspect the 9rating will stand.
[3-6-2014] Working through rules
[3-5-2014] Purchased at The Games Keep 3-2014 w B-day $$$
2015-03-11
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Erwin Lau
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Unspecified
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9
Apr 2014
This game becomes our auto-goto of COIN series.
I don't know this trend can be broken by Fire in the Lake.
2014-04-28
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David Heath
Italy
Ragusa
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9
Nov 2013
This gets me drooling for the others in the series
2013-11-19
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zel zelus
Australia
sydney
nsw
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9
Dec 2013
Great game. I will explain why this is better than AA (which I also like). Its quicker( a one session game), its more intense and most importantly all factions are in it from the start...(AUC is a rather tag along faction in AA IMO). M26 is hardest to win with and novices may want to give them a capability from the start to get them competitive. Avoid the Deception counters that are there for jaded Veteran players. Great game moving to the top of the COIN pantheon in my book (AA has been relegated to a good 3 player game). NB I have no experience with ADP.
2013-12-05
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Tim Glubaskas
United States
Fairbanks
Alaska
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9
Mar 2014
What a great damn game

Engaging and fun throughout - looking forward to many more plays though it takes a bit of a commitment to play
2014-05-07
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Roderich Billermann
Germany
Singen
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9
May 2014
Vielleicht noch nicht einmal das geistreichste der COIN-Games, aber gewiss das am leichtesten zu Erlernende und zu Vermittelnde. Jede Menge Action, weil der Spielablauf einer gesitteten Massenschlägerei in einer Telefonzelle ähnelt.
2014-05-24
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Brian S.
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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9
Jun 2014
The polarizing nature of counter intelligence operations has kept me kinda cool to the idea of a COIN game designed by someone inside The Beltway. What I discovered with Cuba Libre was a very original and smooth (although there is a fair amount of fine detail) game where my fears of aversion to the political presentation were not borne out. Jeff Grossman's Designer Notes recap the history with remarkable evenhandedness and it is reflected in the game. What I find original is the four players' worth of balanced asymmetry and the positioning for Sequence of Play. The Sequence of Play mechanism coupled with the event cards makes for more than a modicum of brain burnin'. Advantages in the game are very tenuous and frequently elusive. Be prepared to tread water. Feels like a Euro because of its abstraction and reduced chaos. Feels like a wargame because of its political nature and conflict. A great innovative design and a very pleasant surprise. Just plain fun to play. I look forward to many more plays.
2014-06-21
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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9
Mar 2014
Unique topic and treatment . . .

Game Owned: #2400. Game Played: #18960.
2014-03-31
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Christophe Franckx
Belgium
Boom
Antwerpen
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9
Apr 2014
Second volume of COIN series by Volko, great addition to your game shelf.

I like the setting and topic to explore. Also the smaller map lures people in.

2014-03-31
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Alessio Serafini
United Kingdom
London
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9
Mar 2014
More compact, and hence arguably easier to master, than all other COINs.
2014-10-25
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Mark Leaman
United States
Brunswick
Maine
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9
Apr 2015
Great game! I love the asymmetrical game play of each faction. Probably the best point of entry into the COIN system games, and the easiest to get to the table.
2014-05-12
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Jonathan C
United States
Iowa
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9
Jan 2015
COIN series vol. 2. "Knife fight in a phone booth."
2015-02-10
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Joe Thompson
England
Winchester
Hampshire
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9
May 2014
I really enjoy playing this solo (without the robots).
2014-05-18
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Mike Oberly
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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9
Jul 2014
Edit: I have really grown to enjoy this one. Against my expectations, it really seems to get the 'feel' of the subject. It has me wishing that I had a regular 4 person group to play this.

Edit: Still not sure I buy some of the elements here (in particular, selecting a couple of factions to be represented out of a stew of factions in Cuba at this time), but I will say after two solitaire games played out, I have really enjoyed the game. I'd like to get a 4 player game, but that's not happening anytime soon. 26th July seems kind of tough to play, but I am in no way a great player of this system. Directorio and Syndicate seemed the easiest to play in my limited time with the game so far.

Just recently got this to refresh myself on the system for Fire in the Lake. (I have played Andean Abyss once, I think, but don't own it) Whatever one may think of the game system, I have to commend GMT for the physical quality of these games, from the boards, to the player aids, to the playbooks to the various playing pieces. Having said that, WAY too much errata, especially in the playbook. Not such a big deal, but really could have used much better proofreading.

I have conflicting thoughts on the games themselves (have not played A Distant Plain at all)...sometimes it seems like the designs shoehorn 4 factions because it fits the system (that really strikes me in this one), and it can seem like the entire game is just bash the leader. (This bash the leader aspect seems so annoying that I'd be interested in seeing this game as a two player, two faction, game, with the other factions being abstracted into the card deck) Definitely some interesting mechanics, just not sure how much I like the system.
2014-07-06
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Belgium
Brussels
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9
Aug 2014
Great design and lots of fun. Beware though, for a eurogame this is quite complex. The rulebook and the playbook do an amazing way of explaining it, however.
2014-08-26
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Ross & Christine Chilcott
United States
Coraopolis
Pennsylvania
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9
Feb 2015
It would be a ten if I was interested more in this conflict. The system was awesome and tense the entire time.
2015-02-21
John Watts
United Kingdom
Southwell
Notts
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8.8
Nov 2013
Xmas 2013.....

Excellent asymmetric system. Card driven turn order mixed with optional events works really well. The only negative comment would be that the summaries for each faction are too wordy and are poorly phrased, but this is correctable.
2013-11-26
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
Attiki GREECE
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8.8
Jun 2014
A very thematic simulation. I prefer not having to manage my hand and I very much liked the pass option and the asymmetry. 2 negative points that I did not prefer were the chaos of the situation, and the bad player aid. Another observation is that I did not feel like playing a whole new genre of game (COIN) in comparison to other GMT card driven games. It still is about choosing when to act and where to invest your powers on the map.
2014-06-28
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Matt
United States
Central Coast
California
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8.75
Mar 2014
I really like the COIN system. This one is smaller than A Distant Plain, so it's easier to manage the pieces, and it is also a bit easier to keep all of the faction goals and actions in mind.
2014-03-16
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Pete Martyn
United States
Guilford
VT
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8.5
Nov 2014
Beautiful. While I like AA a bit more thematically, the more robust solo game in Cuba, coupled with the shorter play time, mean that this too will see a lot of table time.

I only wish the COIN series wasn't growing so fast! There's so much depth in each box I can't really justify buying two new titles a year....
2014-11-21
Owned
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