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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
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QLD
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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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Jason Sartorial
Canada
Ontario
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10
Sep 2014
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Jeff Casey
United States
San Diego
California
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9.6
Oct 2014
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Ian Blubaugh
United States
Harrisburg
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Dec 2014
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David Hammond
United States
Tucson
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Nov 2014
This is one of those games that just falls into your hands, and you're completely blindsided by how amazing it is. I hadn't heard of it until 3 weeks ago, acquired it two weeks ago, and now I wonder how any other Asymmetrical game can hold water compared to it.

It's Chaos In The Old World with teeth and more on the line.

It's Twilight Struggle with more players and harder decisions.

It's dominant species with a better theme.

The hard part about it, and the only reason it does not score a 10 for me, is that it isn't particularly accessible. I can't just sit someone down and teach them this game, they really need to play Andean Abyss first. It isn't that the rules are necessarily complex. I feel like anybody can "get it" after a few cards. It's that the interactions between each player are so complex that a single player knowing what they're doing can run away with the game...

The best example would be an experienced Khorne player in Chaos in the Old World playing with three newbies. This isn't entirely a bad thing, after all, good play SHOULD win the day in most games. It just makes the game less accessible, and less likely to hit the table.

The other problem with its accessibility is that the easiest game scenario (the extended campaign) is the also almost a two-day event. Even experienced players claim to require 6 hours to complete it. Inexperienced players can expect up to 12. Ideally the short campaign should be the easiest. "Mr. Obama's War" takes the war in Afghanistan from roughly 2008 until present. The problem, of course, is that the conflict is already heavily involved. There are pieces all over the map and it can be utterly overwhelming to start there. The extended scenario starts with hardly anything on the board, which makes for a much simpler digestion of each faction's actions. This is very much like Republic of Rome, where the easiest ruleset is the "Early Rome" scenario, and is also the hardest to not lose.

Finally, a note on the bots - they are brutal, and in more ways than one. Now, for a game like this the AI has to be pretty finely tuned to compete with a human player. These bots certainly are. While slightly game-able, they will beat even an experienced player with their fairly simple strategies. It's hard to learn how a couple of their actions work, however - Government Train, Taliban March both come to mind. Regardless, it was a huge endeavor to provide a bot for every non-player faction.

Amazing game. Hope to get it to the table with humans _very_ soon.
2014-11-12
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Trevor Just
United States
Milpitas
California
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8.5
Jul 2014
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TJ Stuver
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Portage
Michigan
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Dec 2013
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Jonny B
United States
Baltimore
MD
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Nov 2013
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Manolis Kountourakis
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Dec 2014
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Raul Catalano
Italy
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7.5
Apr 2014
What a wonderful game !!
2014-04-08
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Drew Thomson
Canada
Stittsville
Ontario
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This is the end; hold your breath and count to ten; feel the earth move and then; hear my heart burst again
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"We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." - Tennyson
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Corporal Dave
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Tony Kotler
United States
Miami
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Currently looking for players in South Florida to play any games in my collection...or any games in their collection. Geekmail me if interested.
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Bill Cronin
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Ballwin
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David Dawson
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Cincinnati
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Jeff Wood
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Skokie
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Robert Hawkins
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Mooresville
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Holman
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Philadelphia
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Jordon
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M King
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Wilder
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Michael Cox
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Timothy T
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Auburn
Washington
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Dan Grant
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Kingston
Ontario
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David Barlowe
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On radar.
2013-04-13
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