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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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10
Jun 2007*
Brilliant abstract strategy game - very enjoyable! Great for 3 players.
2007-06-18*
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Bo Brandt
Denmark
Skanderborg
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10
Jun 2003*
I bought this game on chance for DKR 30 (about €4 or $4,5).
Just about the best money I've ever spent!
2003-06-11*
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Paul Hawkins
United States
Shelton
Connecticut
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10
Sep 2003*
Knizia scores another '10' with Samurai. The scoring mechanic is great, with pressure to focus so you get past the initial scoring (or pull the outright win) balanced against the need to collect in other areas so you get the overall win.
2003-09-04*
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Lincoln Damerst
United States
California
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10
Feb 2004*
Great game, tough decisions. Very nice components.
2004-02-10*
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Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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10
May 2004*
Elegant, balanced and precise, this is Knizia's most complete game. It also has the distinction of being a great 2, 3 or 4-player sit-down without losing anything.
2004-05-05*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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10
Oct 2009*
Another classic Knizia game, well-done, interesting, just the right length. Not a top-tier type, but an excellent game that continues to get play.
2008-02-01*
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Brad Pasmeny
Canada
St. Albert
Alberta
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10
Oct 2004*
Fun to play! Great to play with friends. Simple to play and full of strategy.
2004-10-01*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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10
Oct 2004*
Like most games by R.K. the more you play the more you understand how brilliant the game is. Play is fast and very fun with loads of strategy, both subtle and overt, with out the brain-burn. Great game!
2004-10-03*
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Jeno Szabo
Hungary
Budapest
Budapest
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10
Nov 2004*
how beautiful it is!
2004-11-27*
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Frank DuFriend
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Dec 2004*
I never win when I play this game, but I love in nonetheless.
2004-12-18*
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zz huang
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Jan 2005*
Unbelievably Elegant. Balance and tightness of game design is readily apparent. Girlfriend enjoys it too, which automatically ups the rating.
2005-01-03*
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Anders Rosendal
Denmark
Taastrup
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10
Jan 2005*
Just another super game by Reiner Knizia.
2005-01-19*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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10
Mar 2005*
This is a really interesting game, and also very nice-looking. With clever placement, it's possible to get a whole lot of mileage out of the special tiles, so noone can ever be sure of a lead. There are always alot of choices, but the rules are simple, and you don't feel like you have to over-analyze every move. We have played with 2 or 3 players and it works great either way.
2005-03-20*
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Owen O'Malley
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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10
Mar 2005*
This game is a wonderful blend of luck and skill and is one of Kniza's more richly themed games.
2005-03-29*
Owned
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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10
Mar 2011
Beautiful game in every sense. The box artwork is fantastic and the bits are incredible. Not my type of game normally, but I absolutely loved it the first few times I played. Seems like a game that should take a lot longer than it does. Similar to T&E, but easier to explain, shorter to play, and almost as good.
2005-05-15*
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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10
Aug 2011
Quick and tense. I enjoy the two player version. You have think and double think and then double think that to be able to get your opponent to play where you want them to play.

Update (May 09). Raised to an 8.5 (from a 7). Now that I have played numerous times online I have gotten more into alot of the strategy that goes on which helps you make approrpriate tactical moves. For what can be a deep game it plays in 30 minutes in person. Love it love it love it. Great with 2, 3 and 4 people.

Update Aug 2011 - it's a 10 but only with people who have played it before. Otherwise it remains an 8.5. With people who played it, it is an intense game where little moves end up being huge and with the experienced players, noone throws the game inadvertently.
2011-08-17
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James Eastham
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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10
Jul 2005*
One of the best games ever created. I'll play it anytime, anywhere. It's awesome.
2005-07-27*
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Jay Little
United States
Eden Prairie
Minnesota
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10
Jul 2007*
I believe Samurai by Reiner Knizia (Rio Grande) could very well be a model for "The Perfect Game".

1) The rules are brief and easily grasped through the excellent examples, or after just one play
2) The random tile and victory point distribution makes each game unique without over reliance on luck
3) The classic ancient Japanese stylized gameboard and all the components are elegant and appealing
4) The game is as engaging and challenging with 2 as it is with 3 or 4
5) The scoring system used, and ability to shift tactics on the fly with the inclusion of specialty tiles, provides a player with several options on how to achieve victory.
2007-07-18*
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Dan
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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10
Dec 2007*
Rich and beautiful game that has a satisfying strategic weight but is still very accessible for newcomers. My #1 favorite game.
2007-12-29*
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Jari Jokinen
Finland
Helsinki
Unspecified
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10
Aug 2005*
Very _unique_ game gathered in a really nice japanese theme.
2005-08-25*
Jerry Haerle
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2005*
Just a great game. Good game mechanics & a great quality production.
2005-09-09*
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Russell Ginns
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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10
Oct 2010
A great light game. Perfect to introduce newbies to the genre. And it's a beautiful collection of pieces, too.
2005-09-15*
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Richard Bethany
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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10
Oct 2005*
Along with Tichu and Puerto Rico, probably the game I'm most willing to play anytime.
2005-10-20*
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David Molnar
United States
Ridgewood
New Jersey
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10
May 2009*
I cannot believe I haven't played this more. I've loved this game every time I've played it. It works great with 2, 3, or 4 with the funky board, and it looks great -- which doesn't actually factor into my rating, but true nonetheless. I was asked what my 'sweet spot' is for games, and (for more than two players, anyway) it's this. So despite not a large number of plays, I'm bumping it to 10.
2009-05-27
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Neil Carr
United States
Barre
Vermont
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10
Nov 2005*
This has been one of the most played games in my collection over the years and I suspect that if I were to find the house on fire and I have a minute to grab an armful of games this would be the first one I'd reach for to save.

Why is this getting a 10? It's my favorite of the Knizia's tile laying trilogy. I'm not all that fond of E&T, and TtD, while I enjoy, just doesn't have that little extra something for me that Samurai has.

I suppose this is the perfect representative for a german game for me. It scales well from 2-4 players, it plays in a fairly short period of time, the game system is elegant and induces painful decision making for the players, and it has quality game components that evoke german "exellence".

In terms of gameplay it hits the right spot for my mind. Hard decision making, but it doesn't go so far that I feel I'm doing a brain burner. There is just enough information for me to make good guesses on what to do next and how to react to other's play, but not so much that I'd need to be a savant to compete.

In the end I feel I get a quality gaming experience from Samurai. It's still got lets after all these years and hundreds of other games in my collection to distract me. I've yet to introduce it to someone who had anything but praise for the experience.
2005-11-27*
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T. B.
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Dec 2005*
The perfect "euro" game. Thank you, Germany!
2005-12-15*
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T. B.
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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10
Jan 2007*
My first euro-game. Very simple rules, fast paced play, myriad strategic variations. The only problem is that the scoring is a bit obtuse.

In my opinion, the perfect euro-game. Thank you, Doktor!

Got rained on during a chaotic move
2009-12-09
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Marvin the Mudswain
United States
Idaho
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Aug 2008*
A little bit had on the brain, which makes me reluctant to play it against sharks, but casual play with my dear old friend I enjoy quite a bit.
2006-01-18*
R.S. Ahlstrom
United States
South Jordan
Utah
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10
Jan 2006*
An absolutly wonderful game! Very simple to explain and play but very complex strategy to it. I don't think I'll ever get tired of this game.

Looks very pretty and simplistic too. Very, very nice game.
2006-01-25*
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Chapel
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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Jul 2007*


Knizia at his best.The scoring while intimidating to some, is his most ingenius in samurai for me.

My "Best of 1998"
2011-10-26
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Mike Blais
Canada
Burnaby
B.C
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10
Dec 2006*
A BGG Secret Santa Gift. THANKS!
Really enjoyable, can be played friendly or more cutthroat. A versatile game for different types of gamers and strategies. I like how the board expands to accomodate the number of players.
2006-12-31*
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Jussi Kahlos
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Jan 2008*
A masterpiece. Offers lots of turn angst, looks really good, plays quick and still feels deep. You can't ask for much more. And loads of interaction.

Plays well with 2-4 players, but I enjoy 2-player game the least.
2008-01-16*
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Simon W.
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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10
Oct 2006*
This game is very similar to Tigris & Euphrates in my eyes. I think I prefer this one a lot more as the components are absolutely striking and the resolution of conflicts is instantaneous and much less fiddly (read: easy). The ommitance of support tiles played from a player's hand ala T&E also gets rid of a lot of luck and makes the game more enjoyable as well. Samurai also plays extremely fast, which is a plus in my book as you can get in a couple games for the price of pretty much any other single game.
2006-10-14*
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Chris Darden
United States
Lake Saint Louis
Missouri
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10
Mar 2006*
One of my all time favorite games. The mechanic, the board, the theme... all fantastic.
2006-03-06*
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Greg Williams
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Jun 2015
Set in medieval Japan, this is an excellent tile-laying game by the German master designer Reiner Knizia. Players compete to win over the peasant, noble, and religious classes of citizens in the various cities around Japan. Whoever is most successful will be the new emporer. It is fun, fast to setup & play, has nail-biting decisions and beautiful components. The game is different with 2,3, or 4 players, but always fantastic.
2007-11-04*
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John Storr
United States
Redondo Beach
California
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10
May 2006*
I finally found someone to play this with last night, and I'm in love (with the game, not with Sergei). First of all, this game is beautiful to look at it. Which is a good thing, because we were both staring intently at the board in complete silence, analyzing the possibilities.

I just love how Knizia subtly evokes a historical setting with a tight, minimalist ruleset. It somehow felt Japanese -- you patiently build up strong positions, then suddenly strike at your opponent (or are stricken).

This is just my initial assessment after two plays, but as I said, I am in love.
2006-05-22*
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Jun 2006*
Part of a 'Kniziastic' trilogy (of which I have all three) - Through the desert, T&E and this (Samurai). I'm dreaming of the day when I can play all three in one sitting...
2006-06-20*
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Jonathan Burd
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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10
Sep 2009*
Just buy it. It's great.
2006-07-19*
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Mike Jones
United States
California
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10
Jul 2006*
Farging elegant.
2006-07-14*
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Drew
United States
Wisconsin
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10
Oct 2007*
Purchased June, 2006

The theme is completely tacked-on, but if I must play an abstract, I'll take that tacked on theme. And this particular theme helps sell it. The more I play this, the more I like it.

Update: The guys I play games with really love this one. Now that I've played it with 2, 3, and 4 players, I'm thinking that I prefer playing with 4 best. It's a very different experience

Update: I'm gonna go ahead and give this a 10. It's just an all-around great game and deserves a place among the classics.
2009-03-12
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Dan Mixer
United States
Orrington
Maine
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10
Aug 2006*
One of my favorite games. Always makes my head hurt with all the thinking!
2006-08-16*
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Kim Scheinberg
United States
New York
New York
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10
Sep 2006*
Holy toledo. Just.... wow. Words fail.

I'm beginning to feel a little slutty. I am falling in love with everything.

But this? Oh my. I just played a few games after downloaded the demo. This game may make me reconsider the meaning of a 10 rating.

I also need to line up a lawyer. My husband and I will almost certainly get divorced over this game. The only question is whose win will be our undoing.
2006-09-09*
Jim Spoto
United States
Orlando
Florida
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10
Sep 2009*
A near perfect game, requiring tortuous decisions, clever bluffs, and perfect timing to win. Also has the distinction of being a fine 3 player game (maybe even best with 3). Lots of options, tension, and presents conflict in a way that's elegant and addictive.
2009-10-01
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Bryce Callighan
United States
DeKalb
Illinois
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10
Oct 2006*
An excellent game that is fairly easy to learn, but has some deeper strategies. I have played 2 player and 4 player, and found the game very enjoyable in both settings.
2006-10-05*
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Jose Soares
Brazil
Brasília
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10
Oct 2006*
This game surprises me everytime. Its very hard to master and yet still easy to play. Its beautiful too.
2006-10-20*
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Johan
China
Shanghai
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Dec 2012
Plays: 30+ face to face, 1000+ iOS
A great game. Quick playing time, yet satisfying tactical and strategic decisions combined with a dose of luck to give near infinite replayability.
3 player > 2 player > 4 player
2012-12-31
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mrbass
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Nov 2008*
Love the theme but most importantly the gameplay how the scoring works and the wicked combination moves one gets to do once or twice a game.
2006-11-05*
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Charles Hasegawa
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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10
Mar 2010
I love this game. It plays very decently with 2-3-4 players as well as playing differently tactically. Some players dislike the "chaos" of the four player game, but after a number of plays, I believe the reality is that you have to approach the game very differently depending on the number of players.
2008-05-13*
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Uffe
Sweden
Stockholm
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10
Jul 2008*
One of my favourite games that still is growing on me. It seems like there's almost always time for a game.
2007-06-30*
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Greg Pool
United States
Carmel Valley
California
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10
Feb 2007*
Win by consensus, not monopoly. Played online a klear.com and it plays well for two. Plays even better with three or more. Beautiful game.
2007-02-09*
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