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Dave OConnor
United States
San Diego
California
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10
May 2003*
I never get sick of this one - Pizula and I are two of the few who likes it in the purest form rather than with the event cards, ala Battle Line. Always love this one except when Preston kicks my butt three times in a row!
2003-05-13*
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Tomas Hanes
Norway
Oslo
Norway
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10
Jul 2003*
I've played this game virtually more than any other I own. A wonderful filler. My wife, like many other wives, apparently, loves it.
2003-07-10*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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10
Sep 2003*
You couldn't ask for more in this tight, tense, genius of a 2-player filler. I prefer this to the crome-added Battle Line.
2003-09-13*
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Mike Mayer
United States
Arcadia
California
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10
Mar 2011
One of my favorite 2-player games.
2004-03-04*
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Neal Herperger
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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10
Jan 2005*
Will play this anytime with it's tough decisions and 'commitment before you're ready' angst.
2005-01-12*
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L Hasty
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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10
Jan 2005*
I absolutely love this game. Of course, you could always buy a six-suited Empire deck of cards and make your own set, but I kinda dig the little Scottish theme. Lots of strategy, a little luck at times, requires a lot of deduction. An all round great game!!
2005-01-23*
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Akke Monasso
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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10
Aug 2008*
One of the best two-player cardgame out there. Although luck plays a part, it usually is the better player that wins. Tons of replayability here.
2005-03-01*
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Chris Brua
United States
Michigan
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10
Jul 2005*
Fantastic! All Lost Cities fans should try this game!
2005-07-01*
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Francisco Borges
United States
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Unspecified
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10
Sep 2005*
Great game! It's indeed "Lost Cities meets poker". I like the illustrations way better than "Battle Line". Winning is a bit random (haven't used the strategy cards yet), but who cares? Great light 20min fun!
2005-09-01*
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Nico Solitander
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Jul 2009*
My favourite filler. Plays like a dream, I have the new Pro Ludo version with the tactic cards (which makes it the same game as Battle Line), but we never play the game with them as it takes away the finesse and adds heaps of randomness and luck. One of the few games in which I almost never lose (card player background). Highly addictive and very good life span.

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Spouseliness note: My wife's rating: 6,5 "I'm not as big a fan of card only games as you are." [I come from a heavy card playing family- it's hard to catch up to 30 years of tactical head]

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2009-10-21
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Kevin Bourrillion
United States
Mountain View
CA
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10
Nov 2008*
The base game is absolute perfection. No action cards needed. Brilliant game.

Luck factor is significant, so you should always play best-of-3, or best-of-5, perhaps best-of-17.

Stone claims should only be allowed at start-of-turn, not the way yucata.de does it.

I definitely recommend this over Battle Line, but if you get that, take out the 10s and play it by Schotten Totten rules!

>500 plays (>80 F2F)
2009-02-23
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P.L.A.
Spain
LA BAÑEZA
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10
Aug 2012
**[Español]** Siempre quiero jugarlo. Una baraja de 54 cartas compuesta de 6 colores con 9 números en la que cada carta tendrá un solo un sitio en el juego de los 54 posibles ni uno más ni uno menos. La baraja del Battle Line le añade los números 10 además de las cartas tácticas, aunque las barajas de ahora del Schotten Totten las traen pero no los dieces. Es difícil decantarse por jugar con las cartas tácticas o sin ellas, pero lo cierto es que sin ellas todas las cartas encajan perfectamente en el juego.

Otro punto muy a favor es la facilidad de poder jugarlo con cualquier baraja de otros juegos, todo el mundo debería de jugarlo por las calles. Un clásico moderno que tiene una rejugabilidad ilimitada.

Este juego es un Knizia, juego sencillo tanto en su diseño como a la hora de calcular su probabilidad ¿Por qué no lo diseño otro? Porque Knizia solo hay uno y solo a él le publican juegos tan sencillos, por algo será.

La mayoría de mis partidas han sido al ST sin tácticas no al BT. Partidas marcadas en el Battle Line.

Si te gusta este juego también es conveniente que le eches un ojo a los siguientes: Schotten Totten, Battle Line, Lost Cities, Medici, Marco Polo Expedition y la serie de 10 days.

El perfecto Push Your Luck de cartas para dos jugadores.

2012-08-22
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10
Jul 2009*
Posted: 5/18/07 Rated: 8

Schotten Totten was on my radar after doing a GeekBuddy Analysis, and I was able to pick up a copy with a recent order from Germany. Being a Knizia game, it is easy to start trying to draw parallels to Lost Cities. What I have found is that this game has a greater level of complexity. Nine boundary stones lie in between the two players. To win the game, a player must control any three adjacent stones, or else five total. Players alternate placing one card each turn on their own side of the board. Up to three cards are played next to each stone. The best three-card hand controls the stone.

Schotten Totten doesn't have the same "starting reluctance" as Lost Cities. You must play a card, and your opponent cannot pick up a discard (there aren't any discards). However, you must be cautious that you don't play haphazardly: there is a special rule that lends importance to every card played. If you already have three cards next to a stone at the start of your turn, and you can prove your hand will beat anything your opponent can play, then you can claim that stone. This is a key component of the game: you must be careful not to telegraph a weak hand, and allow your opponent to scoop up a stone with an easy proof.

The victory conditions with respect to the stones means you must also strategize about where to play your cards. You can try to win three adjacent stones, or you could hold onto one of your better hands for use defensively. Thus "board" position is an important consideration.

Schotten Totten may have a whimsical theme, but its mechanics are very solid. It was a great stepping stone from Lost Cities for my wife. When she was comfortable with that other game and ready for a little more complexity, Schotten Totten fit the bill perfectly.

Updated: 7/27/09 Rated: 10

After two years of owning and playing Schotten Totten, I still look forward to being able to bring it to the table. My usual opponent is now my eight year-old son, who is quite good at it! My initial impression was wrong: there is the same level of "starting reluctance" as there is in Lost Cities. I do not always know when I start a row if I'll be able to complete it with a better three-card set.

The "proof" aspect is also exquisite in its agony. Careful observation of the board can result in elaborate proofs, and my son is quite adept at finding them. I love the critical thinking skills he is developing. All around, this is a sure-fire winner, and a go-to game for two players.
2009-07-27
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Sheamus Parkes
United States
Carmel
Indiana
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10
Apr 2008*
I really like how something this simple can be so fun. It's just deep enough with just enough confrontation to set it apart from most other card games. It even squeezes in multiple win conditions.

Jan 2008: Still just as good as ever.
Apr 08: Still as good. Just not playing as much.
2008-04-01*
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Russell Ginns
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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10
May 2009*
A perfect game.

I go back and forth between this and it's cousin BATTLE LINE as the best 2-player game in existence.
2007-08-01*
Will M. Baker
United States
Alameda
California
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10
Jan 2015
Components: Good quality cards, but very simple artwork, with colors that don't leap out at me.

Experience: I like this more with each play. Because any card can be played anywhere, there are many agonizing decisions to be made, deciding which stones to contest and which to use as dumping grounds.

Proving that I will win a stone no matter what my opponent plays often requires playing an otherwise irrelevant card from my hand. Committing a second card to a stone, and thus revealing my intentions, is also painful.

First Played: 2002-01-01
Last Played: 2015-01-02
Plays (44):
? players: 4
2 players: 40
2015-01-03
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M Lang
Andorra
La Massana
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10
Oct 2009*
Best two player game ever. After way over 100 plays it still feels as interesting and clever as the first time I played it.
2009-10-06
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Joshua Miller
United States
Holland
Michigan
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10
Aug 2011
The best simple, quick-playing two-player card game in my collection. It has a surprising amount of depth, provides difficult decisions on almost every turn, and most hands come right down to the wire. I've taught Schotten-Totten to many friends and gamers, and every one of them has asked to play again immediately.
2008-03-03*
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Jojo Conwell
United States
Houston
Texas
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Jun 2009*
I often play Battleline without the tactics cards = schotten totten.

I just wish it had more of an Anglicized name or nickname. Who wants to learn a game called Schotten Totten?
2008-03-09*
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Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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10
Sep 2008*
Scruffy Scottish clans rumble for the control of a border region. Highly tactical 2 player filler card game. Players vie for the control of "stones" - the winner is declared once a player obtains 3 adjacent or 5 of the 9 total stones. Players alternate to lay cards one at a time and control is obtained by having the best 3-card poker type formations to one's side. An interesting mechanism is that control of a stone can be "proven" at the beginning of one's turn through the use of cards already played on the table. Not difficult to learn, can be played either "vanilla" style or with the extra action cards. Plays in 15-30 minutes.
2008-04-23*
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Sharon Khan
United Kingdom
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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10
Sep 2013
Great 2 player - wish someone could explain to me how to win more often though!
2008-07-05*
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United States
Merced
California
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10
Aug 2009*
My favorite 2-player card game. Way deeper than Battle Line.
2009-04-08
Evan Hill
United States
Asheville
North Carolina
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10
Aug 2011
Always tense. Always fun. You often have several moves you want to make on your turn. The rules are super-easy to grok. A pure and simple idea from Knizia done right.
2011-08-24
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Diego Luna
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10
Sep 2013
really nice, plays quick and tests your patience and planning abilities
2013-09-30
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Scott Barker
United States
Zionsville
Indiana
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9.8
Jul 2013
Battle Line is my favorite game, so I felt like I had to pick up a deck of Schotten-Totten when making a game order from Belgium. There is really only 1 difference between the two games which is only BL has 10s. ST only goes from 1 to 9. I always felt the 10s were super-powerful so I miss seeing them. I like the cartoony images in ST compared to the Roman art of BL, however the font is a little too artistic because I mistook a 4 for a 9 in one of our games. Finally I prefer the "flags" of BL to the stone cards in ST. And contrary to popular belief the later version of ST do in fact contain tactic cards.
2013-07-13
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