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★ ChrisLeSka ★
Norway
Stavanger
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10
Nov 2014
My first delve into the COIN series. This is a card-driven asymmetrical game set during the Cuban Revolution. It's more of a political area control game than a wargame. It did take 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. 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. Viva la Revolución!
2015-02-12
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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 revolution...
2014-06-20
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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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"Always rely upon a happy mind alone." Geshe Chekhawa.
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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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