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Igor Sangulin
Croatia
Zagreb
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10
Sep 2014
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2014-11-06
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Phil Lewis
United States
Evans
Georgia
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“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed Him.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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"He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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10
Dec 2014
This really captures the complexity of Afghanistan. Very similar to Andean Abyss, of course, but the victory conditions for each faction are so intertwined that the game is more tense overall. Lots of decision points, great components, excellent theme.
2014-12-04
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Mark Sautman
United States
Evans
Georgia
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10
Sep 2013
Another great game in the COIN series. Great theme and victory conditions capture the politics of the area. Seems well balanced.
2013-09-20
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Don't Blink
Australia
Brisbane
QLD
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10
Feb 2014
love the game, love the factions. Solo play appears to be quite difficult to de-construct. I may buy one day.
2014-02-19
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Jay Volk
United States
Richfield
Ohio
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10
Jun 2013
I believe this will prove to be the best of the series. It has a "let's set it up and play it again" quality.
2013-06-16
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United States
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10
Oct 2013
Slightly better than AA simply because the setting is more accessible. Game does a great job of creating the same sort of dynamics we see in the real world, with the Gov and Coalition falling easily into bickering, the Taliban being the obvious target, and the Warlords being easily overlooked. Can't say enough good things about the game. I wish I could play it more...
2013-10-06
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R Stites
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Sep 2013
The best in a great series--so far. Having a second COIN faction really changes the dynamics of the game, especially since they share the resources that can be spent and the US can move the Government's troops along with its own troops. It really highlights the differences between the two factions' objectives.
2014-06-24
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Gary Goh
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
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My role model for his brains, calm demeanour and appetite for snacks!
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10
Jan 2014
06/11/2013: Purchased during GMT's 2014 Fall Sale

09/01/2014: Played through the playbook scenario once, and am in the middle of my solo introductory session outside of the playbook. I have no qualms rating this game full marks because of the myriad options available for each faction.

I am blown away by the level of interaction between the factions which result from gameplay decisions. This clearly shows the incredible amount of thinking that has gone into the game to ensure that the game perpetually remains in a tug-of-war state until it is time for final scoring, so kudos to the game designers for an amazing game and experience.
2014-01-08
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Raf Cordero
United States
Bolingbrook
Illinois
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10
Jan 2014
Tremendous game. It really made me think. I wrote a full out review here
2014-02-06
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Juha Kettunen
Finland
Joensuu
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Join, Or Die
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10
Jun 2014
I can't imagine a richer and more intriguing setting and theme for a political wargame. 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. This 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.
2014-06-16
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Pete
Australia
Fitzroy North
Victoria
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General Dominique-Joseph René Vandamme, Count of Unseburg (5 November 1770, Cassel, Nord – 15 July 1830)
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9.8
Oct 2013
Simply an awesome game, and one that keeps getting better each time I play it. I find myself thinking about it even when I'm not playing it, lots of strategy and the 4 factions are quite distinct but all interact with each other in a way that means you need to help someone to achieve your victory conditions. Just means the person you're helping may not always help you back!
Hats off to Brian Train and Volko Ruhnke for this game.
Well played sirs!
2013-10-22
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Troy Creamer
United States
Arlington Heights
Illinois
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9.5
Jan 2014
P500 sept
2013-05-17
Owned
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Flannel Golem
United States
Bemidji
MN
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9.5
Nov 2013
My first COIN series experience, and I am very impressed with the gameplay!
The ruleset could definitely be improved, and the Non-player Faction player-aids are definitely far too terse and unintuitive.
The assymetric 4p wargame game beneath it all, however, is a keeper!
2013-10-06
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Tom Fisher
Canada
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9.5
Jan 2014
Truly loved this game. A well thought out, and challenging representation of asymmetric conflict.
2014-01-26
Kellen Kooistra
United States
Bellingham
Washington
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9.5
Mar 2014
A true achievement in wargaming. Unlike anything I have ever seen. Fantastic solo once you figure out the bots.
2014-03-20
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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9
Oct 2012
P500 from GMT.
2012-10-03
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William Crispin
United States
Wilmington
Massachusetts
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9
Jan 2014
COIN is a great series. Play this with other players have played the series and it is great.
2014-05-04
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chris leko
United States
Brooksville
Florida
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9
Sep 2014
Tentative rating based off a current vassal game.
2013-12-07
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Eric Stubbs
United States
Gaithersburg
Maryland
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9
Sep 2013
Excellent game. At least every bit as good as its predecessor Andean Abyss, with a good bit of chrome and nuance that suit it to the war in Afghanistan. The interaction between the two COIN factions is particularly fascinating. I definitely want to play this again.
2013-09-29
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Kanalja
Finland
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'In Russia all roads lead to Moscow. One chooses the road one wishes. Charles XII chose the road through Poltava.'
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9
Apr 2014
A Distant Plain is a fantastic strategy game for four players (no more and no less, if you ask me). The game is even better than Andean Abyss, which I like a lot too. A Distant Plain is a good simulation; its thematic, fun, innovative, tight and really interesting to play. Warlords are a tricky faction to play at first, as their victory condition is hard to achieve and they can be hit pretty easily, but they are a great faction once you understand what you need to do with them. The 'bad marriage' of Coalition and Government is pure brilliance. When we play the main game, our sessions take approximately 9 hours.
2014-04-27
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Greg Denysenko

Rochester
New York
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9
Aug 2013
Played at WBC 2013. Great game that was both thematically rich and strategically difficult. Loved it.
2013-08-05
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Jason Lindsay
United States
Soquel
California
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9
Oct 2013
Absolutely loved my first 2 plays of ADP! The games were fairly long but the interplay between factions created an experience unlike any other IMHO. I believe I prefer this slightly over Andean Abyss. AA is still Fantastic!
2013-10-21
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Richard Young
Canada
Victoria
BC
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Check Six!
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9
Sep 2013
My first foray into the COIN series after having heard a lot (favorable) about Andean Abyss, so no comparisons here. Played a three-player version (Warlord as 'bot) with myself as Taliban. First of all, I have to say how impressed I am with the basic COIN engine. Not the first multi-player game to have different factions with different aims and ways to win (see "Sword of Rome," "Revolution: The Dutch Revolt," among others) but the turn order and action/event sequencing via the card system is unique and ingenious. The theme is well executed and you truly feel you are getting a realistic insight into the dynamics and challenges of the region from the card deck and general design.

I would not say this is a simple game to get into, so a good teacher/tutor is going to make a lot of difference to one's impression of the series. I think one will need to play each faction several times to truly grasp what is going on but I'm intrigued enough to want to try.

Volko is impressing me very much with his designs and Brian has made some important contributions to the series through his study of asymmetric warfare and the result is a superior game that is bound to rise fast up the charts!
2013-09-30
Kevin Bacon
United States
Stevens Point
Wisconsin
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9
Oct 2013
Another great COIN series game. I have not played as much of this one as the first two, mostly because this one is a bit more complicated. The subject matter is fantastic though, and you make interesting decisions, no matter which faction you are playing.
2014-02-22
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It's just a ride...
England
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
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9
Oct 2013
A much subtler beast than Andean Abyss, and, I think, all the better for it. The interactions between the Coalition and the Government are particularly interesting.
2013-11-12
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