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kevin van geebergen
Belgium
brussels
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Feb 2005*
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Andrew Rae
New Zealand
Wellington
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Oct 2009*
Takes a bit of getting used to , but its well worth taking the time. The sequence of events allows for some very clever strategies.
2008-05-24*
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Samir Patel
United States
Georgia
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Nov 2006*
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Warren Cheung
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Vancouver
BC
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Apr 2008*
I've played with 4, and it's always been a blast. Lots of little conditions to keep track of (a bit fiddly there), but definitely appeals to my conflict-avoidance side.

Now played with 3, and it plays out quite similarly. We read the rules for a 2er and that seems to play with a random neutral player (seems like a hack). First player in a 3er seems to be at a disadvantage, having to go first twice, but all ended well Turns out you have to be very careful how you read the rules on how many markers you start with - the numbers in the hint section tell you how many to put in the "central supply", NOT the ones you have on hand Marker disadvantage didn't slow me down any though...
2008-04-29*
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May 2012
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This is a good game but so much to try to keep track of. It needs to be played by a savant, a strategy researcher or an intuitive player. My only hope is to get good intuition. After further plays I think this game needs to be played regularly (preferably by the same small group) to really get the hang of all of its convoluted chicanery.
I don't get to play it often enough to avoid feeling like I am just getting the strategy as the game is ending each time I play.

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2010-01-02
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Eric deRuiter
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Tiffany Smith
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May 2010
Every once in a while it's good to play an old classic that you've never played before. Sometimes, it's disappointing. I was a little disappointed by Caylus on my first play because I felt like other games did the worker placement better. Perhaps if I'd played Caylus before playing those other games, I'd have fallen in love with it. But with Louis XIV, I didn't feel any disappointment. It felt fresh and unique, and the card mechanic meshed really well with the majority control mechanic, and the way the tiles flip for variety was also very neat. Louis XIV is a tense, exciting game with tons of player interaction. It's heavy without inducing migraines, and the interaction introduces a sense of lightness as does the randomness of the card play.

Louis XIV plays like Royal Palace wants to play. There's always something to think about and there is good reason to be engaged while the other players take their turns. What each player does will probably affect you. The only other euros I've played with this level of interaction have had auction mechanics.
2010-05-25
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Andrew Miller
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Oklahoma City
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Dave Weeks
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Mar 2012
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Feb 2014
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James Bowes
Canada
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Jan 2007*
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Jared
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Berthoud
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Nov 2010
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Manny Castro
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Feb 2009*
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Stewart Tame
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Ypsilanti
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Jun 2005*
Not a bad little game. I'd definitely play it again at least a few more times. The mechanic seems to match fairly well with the theme.
2005-06-21*
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Bradford Bal
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River Edge
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Tom O'Keefe
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Richmond
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Jul 2010
So much changes between rounds of Louis XIV (influence cards, missions, requirements for scoring) that long term planning is basically non-existent. On the other hand, there are a pile of complex tactical decisions thrown at you on any given turn. The result is a game that is a series of interesting, fun turns with very little holding them all together.
2010-07-12
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Joe Rickard
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May 2009*
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Jun 2009*
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Krister Nevin
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Jul 2014
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Tony Bosca
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Royal Oak
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Feb 2015
Best with: 4

For two players we like to use the Alea 2P variant, but only play the game for four rounds instead of the suggested 6.
2013-07-17
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Miguel Dom
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Hmm... a game about the French and her court. Beautiful cards and compnoents. Should keep this in mind. Andzrej, when do we play?
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Robert Harris
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