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TOKYO Heartbroken
England
York
North Yorkshire
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10
Jan 2002*
Still in print as Hols der Geier, an absolute must buy game. The HdG edition is all with cards, no pieces, and is a better edition for it. Superb totally balanced game, everyone starts from an identical position, a game of pure psychology.
2002-01-14*
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@spielfriek
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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10
Dec 2006*
Hol's der Geier edition. Hugely inspirational and influential. Perhaps even moreso than Settlers.
2006-12-30*
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Richard Huzzey
United Kingdom
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10
Sep 2004*
This is a delightful filler, particularly tense with two, which packs plenty of decision-making and agonising into its playing time.
2004-09-19*
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Chris Klaene
United States
Burlington
Kentucky
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10
Aug 2005*
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Val K
United States
Bowie
Maryland
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Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc
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10
May 2007*
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Marko Koskelo
Finland
Oulu
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10
Nov 2007*
Excellent light weight game.
2007-11-22*
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Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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10
May 2010
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Matt Dodor
United States
St. Paul
MN
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I'm gonna be the next Canadian Dracula
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10
Jan 2009*
Alex Randolph's Raj is a masterpiece of simplicity, so much so it's approaching perfection in that respect. I've yet to determine how much skill there is involved in winning, but you definitely see players win more than their share, and I attribute that to some inherit skill. If you can play Raj well, I would suspect you understand player interaction at a very visceral level.

Played this twice and had a great time. I hate to admit it but the games drives For Sale's rating down just because this game does the mechanic from the second half of the game better.

This game could be made with a rage deck. Otherwise I would buy a copy if I were you. This game could be a laughing, light game or a tense psychological one depending on your preferences.
2009-06-27
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Trent Hopkins
United States
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10
Jul 2010
An excellent and all-skill with 2-players cardgame. Supports up to 5 players I believe.
2010-07-16
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Rob Kelley
United States
Santa Maria
California
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10
Nov 2010
Owned
Hige Dice
Japan
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10
Nov 2011
Owned
Hige Dice
Japan
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10
Dec 2011
Owned
Haruo Takada
Japan
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10
Mar 2012
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Daniel Hurst
United States
Murfreesboro
Tennessee
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9.5
Jun 2010
Gets better and better with more plays. Every round you play this with the same people makes it more and more fun. Possibly should be played tournament style. Only not a "10" because other people's reactions to it bring me down - I see it as a serious game, but other people see it as "filler".
2010-06-13
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Seth Howard
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9.5
Dec 2007*
Fun bidding type game. Quick and easy to learn. There is some stategy in this especially on what to bid when the snake tiles come early.
2007-12-17*
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Unique Blackbert
Germany
Neu-Anspach
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9.5
Jan 2013
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Carl de Visser
New Zealand
Whitby
Wellington
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9
Sep 2001*
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Jessica Waite
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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9
Dec 2001*
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Steve Adragna
United States
Riverdale Bronx
New York
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9
Dec 2002*
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Peter Armstrong
United Kingdom
Hove
Sussex
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9
Oct 2003*
Brilliant 5 minute game
2003-10-29*
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Ray Jankowski
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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9
Feb 2004*
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Chris Pizula
United States
Newport Beach
California
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May 2004*
Lisa and I luckily stumbled onto this one at All Star Games, as it is now out of print. Great game. Intense decision-making for all players. A great psychological warfare gambino that you can explain to newbies in about 29 seconds and counting....
2004-05-31*
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Peter Schell
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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9
Sep 2004*
You can use a facedown stack as an extra dummy player
2004-09-10*
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Stéphane Thuilière
France
Montpellier
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9
Nov 2004*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Or maybe PowerGrid?
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Yeah, that's me. Handsome devil, I know.
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9
Jan 2013
Raj is the game that lies at the core of so many other games. each player has a set of that is the same as all other players, and you have to use them more efficiently, outguessing your opponents on every turn.

Raj can be seen in games like Niagara, For Sale, Caribbean, etc., but here it is boiled down to its most pure, fast-playing, essence.

Great fun, and the lack of extraneous accoutrements keeps it fast, replayable, and throughly enjoyable.
2005-08-06*
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Randy Wentworth
United States
San Diego
California
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9
Mar 2007*
Good filler game for 2 to 5 players. Very easy to teach, very quick to play.
2007-03-21*
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Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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...much that he related belonged more properly to the category of what-might-have-happened-had-I-only-thought-of-it-in-time-instead-of-ten-minutes-afterwards. Those are always the best and raciest adventures...
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... a picked body of Toads, known as the Die-hards, or the Death-or-Glory Toads, will storm the orchard and carry everything before them, yelling for vengeance.
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9
Dec 2009*
One of the best filler games ever made.
2007-11-11*
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Carl Kramer
United States
Long Beach
New York
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9
Oct 2005*
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Garry Clarke
United Kingdom
Horsham
West Sussex
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9
Dec 2009*
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Michael Wagner
United States
Bowie
Maryland
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Samurai Chinchilla
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9
Jan 2008*
Another super easy to learn, super fast game.
2008-01-22*
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Jake Drake
Germany
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Sep 2007*
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Naoto Ukai
Japan
Tokyo
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9
Jul 2008*
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Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
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9
Jan 2008*
One of my earliest "German games" and absolutely my favourite "no brainer" filler game. Miles more bluff than skill, but total fun none the less. A "must have" game IMO.
2013-09-27
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KC Picha
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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Mar 2009*
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Keith Palmer
United States
California
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9
May 2008*
Should be a top ranked filler game. Fun, Quick and simple - but everyone has a good time with it. You cannot play just once. Also very portable.
2008-05-15*
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Hisashi Ishikawa
Japan
Chofu-shi
Tokyo
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9
May 2008*
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Chris Armstrong
United States
Shoreview
Minnesota
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Jul 2008*
As others have said, the mechanic is a pared-down thing of beauty, the psychological element of discerning others' play styles is the key to winning (after you determine the basic values of the tiles so you can bid reasonably; but like Modern Art, one or two players who don't know the values of things can initially screw it up for the others), and the thrill of making that "inspired guess" comes with very, very little investment in time. This is currently making the rounds of our pretty sophisticated adult game group, where it has captivated a number of players who are comfortable playing brain-burners as well. It's receiving a fair number of plays there. I'll play this one any time, anywhere, at the drop of a hat. Hard to find, but easy to make, if you can find a source of 5 suits of cards with 15 values per suit, and you can make up 15 tiles, with values 1-10 and minus 1 to minus 5.
2008-05-26*
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Michael Greiner
Austria
Vienna
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Jun 2008*
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Doug Mickelsen
United States
Crystal Lake
Illinois
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9
Feb 2009*
What a surprisingly great little game.
2008-06-27*
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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9
May 2014
Light, witty and very nasty card game, ideal to play while travelling or to end a gaming session. It's got a healthy portion of psychology (luck? Not really...), but it doesn't complicate things when it's not needed (see Octrix as a counterexample). Of course it never gets played only once - it's extremely addictive and it always brings a good amount of laughs when played.

(Alex Randolph has got quite a knack for these, innit? A couple of twitches on Gops and you have something fifty times meaner).
2014-05-22
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Greg Jarvis
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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May 2009*
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Pete Lane
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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9
Sep 2009*
Fantastic fast paced card game. Easy to make a "dummy copy" for yourself even though it's long OOP. Classic in our group!
2009-09-28
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Pete Gelman
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Mysterious Matters of Max Metters / Moonifest Destiny
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9
Jul 2010
20+ plays, 4-5p (different sets of people & generations)--hilarious good fun! Fast. A keeper. Gave my copy as a gift to newbies, bought a new copy.
2011-07-18
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fabrice gadoux
France
Vitrolles
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9
Nov 2010
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Björn Schümann
Germany
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9
Dec 2010
Owned
Nicole Lehmann
Germany
Marburg
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9
May 2011
Owned
Stefan Risthaus
Germany
Wolfsburg
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9
Aug 2011
Owned
Lorry Donnell
New Zealand
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9
Mar 2012
Owned
Spaceman Stewie
United Kingdom
Bedford
Bedfordshire
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9
Jan 2014
Owned
Elijah Six
Switzerland
Ticino
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Aug 2013
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