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Mark Wilder
United States
Evanston
Illinois
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10
Sep 2008*
[>5 Plays] One of my favorite Euros and probably the best integration of theme for a game with purely Euro mechanics. Luck plays a big factor in tile draws, but smart play usually (but not always) negates the effect. The time-based track is a great innovation and makes for some tough decisions on how to spend your time.

METRICS THAT DON'T NECESSARILY AFFECT OVERALL RATING:
Weight: (Very light) (Very Heavy)
Conflict: (No Conflict) (Lots of Conflict)
Luck v. Strategy: (Luck-Heavy) (Purely Strategy)
Theme: (Abstract) (Lots of Theme)
Interaction: (Little Interaction) (Lots of Interaction)
Learning Curve: (Easy to learn) (Hard to learn)

METRICS THAT MAY AFFECT OVERALL RATING:
Component Quality: (Cheapish bits) (Awesome bits)
Fun Factor: (I think it's no fun) (I think it's LOTS of fun)
Value for the Money: (A waste) (Worth it)
2007-11-06*
Owned
Nicolas MARTIN
France
SARTROUVILLE
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Jul 2007*
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Brad Fuller
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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10
Aug 2007*
My favorite Euro to date. This is a awesome game!
2007-08-08*
Owned
david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2007*
I really "dig" this game.How can you not like to play it.Rich in theme and mechanics.
2007-08-09*
Owned
Scott Alden
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
Sep 2008*
This new production is beautiful! Something about this game really sparkles for me. Great fun... sometimes exasperating when you dig up a lot of dirt, but I don't care.
2007-08-11*
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Karl Deckard
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Jan 2009*
My comments from the original version are shown below, but this new version adds improved art and production, simpler exhibitions, a wheel replaces the dig chart, and players pull artifact tokens from separate site dig bags. All improvements, for the most part. This game is now getting the recognition it deserves, including a Golden Geek Award for Best Family Game of 2008.

Desktop-Published edition:
"Wow, what a brilliant representation of a theme. Players are archaeologists competing for artifacts buried under five different dig sites. At the end of the game, players earn victory points for the artifacts they have found, the knowledge they have gained, and the exhibitions they have won, which then determines the winner of the game. Each turn the player can take one of four actions: move to another location, choose a card that corresponds to the current location, start an excavation, or pass. Much like Neuland, each action will take a specific number of weeks and the player furthest back in the timeline is always the first in turn order. This presents some interesting situations, because when one person goes for a high value card or a lengthy dig, they will move to the front of the queue, which gives other players potentially multiple actions before catching up and then passing the leader. Players collect cards at various European cities to gain knowledge of each dig site and to provide various special actions. If the player has the proper knowledge cards, an excavation can be made. During an excavation, the player cross-references the number of corresponding knowledge cards they have to the number of weeks they want to spend in order to determine the number of cards to pull from a random assortment. Cards will either provide Artifact VP cards or garbage that gets shuffled back into the deck, which means that each successive dig has a higher chance of pulling up garbage. Whenever an Exhibition card is drawn, it is placed on the timeline by the specified number of weeks ahead of the trailing player. Any player at the proper location at the specified time can exhibit their Artifacts. Players add each of a particular type or types of Artifacts with the roll of a die. The player with the highest total gets the Exhibition card, which is worth victory points at the end of the game. As I stated earlier, I think the game mechanics support the theme quite well; the timeline usage, the diminishing returns for excavations, and the exhibition of artifacts. Once you manage to decipher the rules, the game itself clips along at a good pace. The artwork and production in the Prinz Spiele version of the game that I have leave a little to be desired, but the new version looks to be an improvement. The game is innovative, well thought out, and it plays quickly. This is a really solid design and I highly recommend it. It is one of my top ten favorite games of 2004."
2007-08-19*
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Luis Nunes
Portugal
Alverca
Lisboa
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10
Feb 2008*
GREAT game! Great fun. Fantastic theme. Brilliant mechanic.
2008-02-13*
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gregory duff
United States
Ft.Worth
Texas
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10
Aug 2007*
Nick Szegedi
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Sep 2007*
Very fun theme and game "play"...digging into the bag and reaching out a priceless artifact is just so darn fun! (except when you pull out bunch of sand/dirt [blank] tokens!)- lol
2007-09-02*
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Farilian
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Sep 2007*
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Jeff DeBoer
United States
Jacksonville
Oregon
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10
Dec 2008*
Wow!! This is like the best theme for a game that I have seen, since Power Grid!! I love this game...the new version by Queen is fabulous and the game is so much fun to play. Just a great mix of luck and skill (planning) and healthy competition between the players....put your hand in one of five ancient sacks and "dig" for valuable relics......after completing research in one of seven continental European cities and then return for exhibitions!! Cool.....this is a wonderful game. Thank you!! Will enjoy this one for years to come with family and friends.
Note: There are some cool ways to reduce the luck element some in the digs that actually help the game, in my opinion, for more serious gamers.
2007-09-06*
Owned
Seth Bell
United States
New Milford
Connecticut
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10
Jan 2011
This is one of my favorite Euros.
2007-09-10*
Owned
Mark Koren
Canada
Aurora
Ontario
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10
Sep 2007*
Owned
Greg Zamira
United States
San Leandro
California
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10
Sep 2007*
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Marco Rimassa
United States
Katy
Texas
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10
Oct 2007*
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Dan Hopkinson
United States
Smyrna
Georgia
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10
Nov 2009*
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Kamil Klapka
Czech Republic
Praha 10
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10
Dec 2009*
I love time mechanic, it is very clever aspect. I do not care about lot of randomness because it seems to add to theme as well. One of best gateway games I have.
2010-02-26
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Rob McFadden
United States
Cherry Hill
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2009*
Please see my session report for details
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/231704

Like Twilight Struggle and 1960:TMOTP this is a visually pleasing game, with in game tactile appeal. Sure, luck plays a significant part. But there are other things to manage and watch, and ways to maximizes your chances for VP's.
2008-07-01*
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Gordon Stewart
United States
Bowie
20715
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10
Mar 2009*
Great fun; like a REAL archeologist. Superb 3 player game; neat turn-order-time mechanism.
2012-12-26
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Nat Fu
United States
Kansas
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10
Nov 2007*
Excellent game, oozing with theme, which is quite nice for an Euro.
2007-11-09*
Owned
Cathrine & Frank Carroll
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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10
Nov 2007*
Great exploration game.
2007-11-12*
Xi Bi
China
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10
Nov 2007*
Shao Hong
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Nov 2007*
Thebes is a very fun game that really captures its theme.
2007-11-12*
Owned
Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Jun 2009*
Excellent exploration experience.
2009-06-08
Owned
Ioana Blana
Romania
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Dec 2007*
Marzena
United States
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10
Dec 2007*
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Sam Corwin
United States
Kansas
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10
Jan 2008*
Jaclyn An
Canada
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Feb 2008*
Gino Daveggio
United States
San Mateo
CA
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10
Feb 2008*
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Antonio Quirarte
Mexico
Mexico
DF
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10
Feb 2008*
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Corrie LaPointe
United States
Ohio
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Mar 2008*
Richard Brough
United States
West Jordan
Utah
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10
Jan 2010*
Really liked this one!
2015-04-24
Owned
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
New Mexico
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10
May 2009*
This is a Euro? No way!!! This game has entirely too much theme for a Euro.
2008-03-27*
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Kyle Johnson
United States
Ventura
California
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10
Apr 2013
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Kjetil Fjellheim
Norway
Kongsvinger
Hedmark
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10
Nov 2009*
This game has everything I like in a boardgame. A but of luck, timing pressure, simplicity and great components.
2009-11-04
Owned
Mark Wendt
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Jun 2008*
Pure Radiers fun! A fantastic couples gaming experience.
2008-06-23*
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David K.
United States
Pflugerville
Texas
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10
Aug 2008*
One of the best games in my collection. See my review at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/333193

Sleeved with FFG Red
2015-03-03
Owned
Kapus-Katalin Szabó-Tibor
Hungary
Besenyszög - Szolnok
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10
Nov 2008*
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Genadiy Bershtein
Israel
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10
Jan 2011
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Alan Kaiser
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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10
Sep 2010
I've played both the original version and the Queen version of the game. The Queen version is very nice. Overall the game is unique and very thematic. I love the time track and how it affects play. You always have to juggle time in everything you do. The digging is also very well done as well. Sometimes even with the best information you just don't find anything. Exactly as it should be. Excellent family game. One of my 9 yr old daughters favorite games and the 7 year old always wants to play as well. Has everything a good family game should have; great theme, nice components, easy to learn rules, relatively short playing time, and some luck to ensure the same players don't win over and over.
2010-09-24
Owned
Ann Hamon (annhamon@aol.com)
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Oct 2008*
2-4 players
2008-10-01*
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kim hong
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Feb 2014
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Aleix Miró i Faixes
Spain
Lleida
Catalunya
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10
Nov 2008*
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Travis Larsen

Orem
Utah
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10
Dec 2009*
Very fun family game! I'm totally fine with the luck factor, because isn't that what archaeology is all about? Sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you don't! And it's a blast to play!
2010-01-01
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Kazuya Murakami
Japan
Sapporo
Hokkaido
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10
Jan 2009*
テーマとゲームシステムがとてもマッチした、すばらしいゲームです。
遺跡発掘プロジェクトは高度な学識、綿密な計画、そして運と3拍子そろっていないと成果が出せないことを教えてくれます。
考古学教授のシミュレーションゲームと呼んでも言い過ぎではないとすら感じます。

「運も実力のうち」という言葉が嫌いな方には遊ばないことをお勧めします。
2014-07-30
Owned
Brad Miller
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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10
Mar 2015
Really cool theme, I enjoy this game very much and want to keep.
2013-06-14
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Timothy Van Gastel
Belgium
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Mar 2010
Owned
Tommy Lee
Taiwan
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Mar 2009*
tommy li
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Mar 2009*
Verena Riedl
Germany
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10
Sep 2014

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