$10.00

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [36]

User Rating Comment Status
Bob Rademaker
United States
The Colony
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2009*
A very elegant design with easy to grasp, easy to teach mechanisms. Rich choices of actions on a rapidly evolving world map. No randomness beyond initial setup. Plenty of strategy and tactics packed into a 75 minute play time window. A definite 10 after repeat playings. Bravo!
2012-12-02
Owned
Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jul 2013
(3-5) - 90 Min.
2010-05-15
Owned
Nate Cockerilll
United States
Chicago
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmb
10
Aug 2009*
First game wass a 5 player and 4 of which were all new players. We finishedd in 90 minutes. Nice eurogame with conflict. One of my top 5 Gencon 2009 releases.
2009-08-17
Owned
Bob Flaherty
United States
Loves Park
Illinois
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2010
This game packs a lot of strategy in a short amount of time. It is a game where building a balanced empire is critical. Sure you can invest in a heavy industry, but with out finance and population to use the high end buildings your empire is doomed.

Have played the 2p variant and with multiple players. It plays quickly - I played two 3p games with rules explanation, set-up and clean-up in under two hours.

The game is playable with two, but much more fun with more. I think the game is optimum with four and a 2p variant where each player controls two colors would be an excellent variant. Of course the Knizia rule (highest low score wins) would need to be in effect.
2009-12-04
Prev. Owned
Andrew Rae
New Zealand
Wellington
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2009*
This is a fabulous euro that plays is sixty or seventy minutes. It combines the best of Goa (although not inspired by Goa) with a competitive war element that leaves you second guessing yourself constantly. There is real tension because scores are not obvious, however cooperation and agression both have thier place in this finely balanced game.
2009-10-11
Owned
Seth Wagoner
New Zealand
Christchurch
flag msg tools
10
Oct 2009*
I helped playtest Endeavor, and loved it every time. One major change suggested by Z-Man after they accepted it from Carl&Jarrat moved it from being "great" to "awesome" - they put tokens & glory points in between the cities to be earned only if you got the cities on both sides - adding another layer of interaction and making the military option a lot more effective.

Here are the key things I like about this game:

It's short! Can even take less than an hour if everyone knows what they're doing, but even if they don't it should never take more than 2 hours.

Given how short it is, it handles a *lot* of aspects of its theme in an elegant and abstract sort of way: Expansion, war, shipping, trade, colonization, slavery, culture, finance, politics - who would of thought you could fit all of that into a light/medium weight 60-90 minute game?

It's "luckless" - after the initial random setup of the board chits, which are visible to everyone, there's no luck involved at all, except the choices of your fellow players, which you can influence...

There's no real downtime or analysis paralysis - every turn requires a fair bit of thought, but there's no point in thinking things too far ahead because what the other players do is always going to affect what you can or should do next.

Oh, and now I've finally played on a real board rather than a paper prototype, I can confirm the artwork and component quality are absolutely top notch!
2009-10-08
Owned
Want To Play
Roger Byelick
United States
Huntington Beach
California
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Dec 2010
One of my favorite games. Has many routes to winning. Game has a little of everything: Four progress tracks, colonization, shipping, getting cards, winnning regions and even taking over opponents cities through military.
2012-03-12
Owned
Andy Van Zandt
United States
South Ogden
Utah
flag msg tools
designer
PlayTMG.com
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2011
the only random element is the initial setup, which is viewable by all- excellent mix of strategy and tactics, direct and indirect interaction, along with interesting and constant decisions, all in 45 minutes to an hour. This hits all the right buttons for me, and makes me want to play it MORE every time I play it.
2011-05-11
Owned
Ben Stanley
United States
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2009*
A nearly flawless game with perfect information, tons of deep, interesting decisions, and very intuitive rules that are easy to teach; it will surprise you how fast it plays; fantastic game.

Only weakness is the time it takes to set up and score, but it still deserves a 10.
2009-09-28
Owned
Derry Salewski
United States
Augusta
Maine
flag msg tools
. . . give a ship.
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2009*
This won't let me make a heart . . .
2009-11-23
Owned
linoleum blownaparte
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmb
10
Sep 2009*
One of my top ten. Short & sweet & dense with decision making.
2009-09-24
William Warren
United States
Rochester
New York
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2014
Really need to play this a few more times to give this an appropriate comment.
2010-06-02
Owned
Want To Play
Kenneth Chan
United States
Conway
SC
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2009*
My first and currently only 10 game for me =)
2009-11-22
Owned
Kevin Shillinglaw
Canada
Kitchener
Ontario
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Sep 2014
It is mine!
2014-09-02
Owned
Colin Dearborn
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Nov 2013
May be my favorite all time game. Just wish I could get some more plays in.
2009-11-24
Owned
Want To Play
S Pozun
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Apr 2010
LOVE IT. 3,4,or 5 players always plays great.
Trying to figure out who is winning at any given time really sucks though and is near impossible without pausing the game for 10 mins - so it gets hard to figure out which person you should be shooting at!
2010-12-13
Owned
Eric Engstrom
United States
Morton Grove
Illinois
flag msg tools
designer
Paint it red; RED 'UNS GO FASTER!!!
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jun 2010
Lost in the flood 2013.
2013-05-02
Prev. Owned
Want In Trade
Want To Buy
Al Johnson
United States
Arlington
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2009*
Works well with 3 to 5 players. Also plays quickly - 5 player game including rules explanation - 2 hours. Three player game with experienced players - 1 hour.
2009-10-24
Loic Lesuel
France
flag msg tools
10
Nov 2009*
Great game. Plays really smoothly with a lot of tough choices. A bit of PR, a bit of Goa, but melted in a new way. Probably the best game of 2009 !
2009-11-13
Owned
Art Gorski
United States
Prescott
Arizona
flag msg tools
designer
Get my Mac software for Traveller at http://naasirka.weebly.com/
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jan 2013
No auctions, no money, no victory point track, no really bad moves. Complex setup and counting of victory points at the end.

Update: Wow! Plays differently every time. The last game I played (5 player) I had NO cards and only 1 & 2 value buildings half way through the game and thought I was toast. Only resorted to warfare once. Won easily.
2010-11-17
Owned
ANDREAS MILIOPOULOS
Greece
KOROPI
ATTICA
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2012
Simply superior!
2013-04-20
Owned
Cory Soper
United States
Connecticut
flag msg tools
10
Jul 2010
Amazing game. Short and easy to pick up, yet complex in the choices you need to make. Played 3 times our 1st night and 2 more the next day.
2010-07-13
Owned
sakulbuth ekvittayaniphon
United States
Urbana
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2010
like theme, gameplay, artwork, and everything else. very happy to get a copy.
2012-07-31
Owned
Mark Embley
United States
Gaithersburg
Maryland
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jun 2014
I really enjoy building up my player board with the items collected. Furthermore, deciding where on the board to get them makes the decision even better. Great game; not very complex; wonderful design!!
2011-11-22
Owned
Paul
United States
Ohio
flag msg tools
mb
10
Feb 2011
Easily one of my favorite games, if not THE favorite. Doesn't take much time, has around the perfect of amount of game variability vs. player variability. Strategic yet tactical. Always fun.
2011-06-27
Owned
Dmitry G
Russia
flag msg tools
10
Mar 2011
Pro:
- No random at all.
- A lot of viable strategies.
- Very good replayability.
- Nice implementation and components;
- Requires careful and proactive thinking on the strategy;
- You always have the feeling "I would like to try it again and this slightly differently:.
Cons:
- Rather week link to the theme;
- With 4 players can lead to remarkable downtime.

Result: Top rated. A must to play.
2011-08-30
Owned
Want To Play
Toby Merida
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
flag msg tools
10
Aug 2011
A game of world exploration and empire building. You represent a European empire colonizing the Mediterranean and shipping to all parts of the world to increase the empire's glory and status in Industry, Culture, Finance and Politics. When a region opens up (i.e. the shipping lanes are full) a player can colonize, attack or retrieve resources from that region. The game plays easily as each turn a player builds a building giving him a special action or increasing one of his main statistics, and gets a number of people with which to activate buildings for special actions (Ship, Occupy, Attack, Draw or Pay). Increased skill in Politics allow the player to hold cards that help increase his statistics and glory.
2011-12-01
Owned
Alexey Paschenko
msg tools
10
Sep 2011
Отличная игрушка, играл бы и играл)
2011-09-06
Owned
Mikkel Rasmussen
Denmark
Helsingør
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Jun 2014
Great game! Easy to learn. Tried it with 5 players and it was fun.
My favorite game!
2014-06-24
Owned
Want To Play
Toby Merida
United States
Indiana
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
May 2012
A game of world exploration and empire building. You represent a European empire colonizing the Mediterranean and shipping to all parts of the world to increase the empire's glory and status in Industry, Culture, Finance and Politics. When a region opens up (i.e. the shipping lanes are full) a player can colonize, attack or retrieve resources from that region. The game plays easily as each turn a player builds a building giving him a special action or increasing one of his main statistics, and gets a number of people with which to activate buildings for special actions (Ship, Occupy, Attack, Draw or Pay). Increased skill in Politics allow the player to hold cards that help increase his statistics and glory.
2012-05-12
Owned
laurent deenen
China
beijing
flag msg tools
10
May 2015
3-5p
2013-12-18
Owned
John Bradshaw
United Kingdom
Newcastle Upon Tyne
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Mar 2014
The ideal combination - simple mechanics, complex strategy. I like games with a well integrated theme but even though the theme is very thin here - there's enough theme to make the game not completely abstract. Really great game - easy to teach and to play. Plays surprisingly quickly for a game of this type.
2014-03-07
Owned
shumyum
United States
flag msg tools
♒♒♒♒♎♒♒♒♒ sloooowly sinking
10
May 2013
So fun! Strategic and tactical with just enough battling for my taste. Seems to get more fun each play.
2013-05-11
Owned
Chris Whitpan
United States
Schwenksville
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Oct 2014
What a wonderful game. I love playing it but it needs a reprint!
2013-11-15
Owned
fuad akil
Indonesia
jakarta
jakarta
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Feb 2014
Sleeved
Shelved
My kinda game
2014-02-10
Owned
Bart R.
Belgium
Tongeren
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
10
Aug 2014
Together with Letters from Whitechapel, this is one of the few 'perfect' games in my collection. It plays quickly, yet offers plenty of depth and meaningful choices.
2014-08-07
Owned
Loke Jhi Kee
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
flag msg tools
10
Jun 2015
It's a great game, but can only work with 5P. Anything lesser the map would feel incomplete. Still a solid worker placement with amazingly normal mechanics but man the smoothness and the simplicity blows the game away.
2014-10-27
Owned
Doug Martin
Scotland
Lanarkshire
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
9.9
Aug 2014
Such a nice game with good strategic elements and no hidden info, but plays differently every time due to the random token placement at setup. Never had a bad experience with this game.

Also doesn't take much more than 90 mins due to the fixed amount of turns, and is very easy to teach.
2013-11-22
Owned
Want To Play
alan beaumont
United Kingdom
LONDON
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
9.75
Mar 2010
Impressed with it for 3, 4 or 5 players. No sign of 'perfect plans' yet and most mistakes are made for 'good' reasons. Splendid stuff.
Final rating now. You have to think both tactically and strategically long term. Plenty of intelligent interaction.
Just loses the quarter point for possible kingmaking concerns, but you should be able to avoid almost all of these by considering the big picture throughout.
2010-03-13
Owned
Jason Clague
New Zealand
Hamilton
Waikato
flag msg tools
I can see my house from here!
mbmbmbmbmb
9.7
Nov 2014
A fantastic game - just the perfect level of depth for non-gamers to grasp reasonably well, but plenty of room for strategising as well! Well done to the designers! So many paths to victory - and each so beautifully balanced.
2010-07-17
Owned
aaron belmer
United States
Webster Groves
St Louis
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
9.7
Aug 2012
I don't know why I like this game so much, lots of strategy and very short! Great game Zman!
2010-01-10
Owned
Want To Buy
Nicolas Boulo
Canada
Montréal
Québec
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
9.6
Apr 2014
Great exploration game. Starts slow & simple but soon branch out into a multitude of possibilities.
3-5 players
2010-03-13
Owned
Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
flag msg tools
"LET'S PLAY BOARDGAMES!"
badge
The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
May 2011
I love player boards in games, interesting give/take decisions make this fresh and a blast to play
2010-05-11
Owned
Peter Okma
msg tools
9.5
Nov 2009*
I amazing when all players are taking it VERY seriously
2010-09-18
Owned
Terry Simo
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
Sep 2009*
I really like how the game's intensity ramps up as your empire builds. Great game.
2009-09-21
Owned
Matthew Naikelis
United States
Lyndhurst
Ohio
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
Apr 2014
I really love the strategic thinking involved in this game. I love that there are lots of different strategies that can win you the game and one isn't any more overpowered than the other. The only complaint I have about this game is that it is a very unsatisfying experience as a 3 player game.
2010-01-29
Owned
Gabriel Kitterman
United States
Silverton
Oregon
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
Oct 2013
Very Euro, very stream lined, very fun, very quick. I have played this many times and I still can't quite find the best strategy. Everyone in my group has enjoyed this light and fast conquest game.

I've played at least 20 times. There are different paths to victory in this game and it is only a little confrontational (it is costly to attack)
2013-04-11
Owned
Kristian Amundsen Østby
Norway
Langhus
Unspecified
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
May 2012
Original mechanics, short play time and little direct conflict. An admirable design.
2011-06-07
Owned
Justin
United States
Hereford
Arizona
flag msg tools
Don't Blink!
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
Feb 2010
Save the blue cannons for your last turn then take back what was rightfully yours!
2012-06-27
Owned
Glenn Drover
United States
Plainfield
Illinois
flag msg tools
designer
publisher
mbmbmbmbmb
9.5
Feb 2010
Only played once so far, but really enjoyed it. Very straight-forward play with alot of possible strategy variants. Elegant design allows players to play easily, while learning the subtle strategies.
2010-02-14
Want In Trade

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  [36]

Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.