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Geoff Boyers
United States
La Plata
Maryland
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10
Jan 2003*
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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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Steffen Stroh
Germany
Tübingen
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10
Jul 2003*
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Axel BROCHARD
France
PARIS
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10
Aug 2003*
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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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Boban Surbek
Slovenia
ljubljana
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10
Oct 2003*
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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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Steven Hall
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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10
Feb 2004*
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Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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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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Nils Meissner
Scotland
Edinburgh
Lothians
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10
Dec 2010
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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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Aaron
United States
Unspecified
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10
Jan 2005*
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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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F. Zoltán .Varga
Hungary
Diósdliget
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10
Jul 2008*
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Lee Blackstone
United States
Huntington
New York
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10
Jan 2005*
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Dirk Zeumer
Germany
Schemmerhofen
Unspecified
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10
Jan 2005*
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Scott Davis
United States
Roseville
California
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10
Jan 2005*
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Wolfram Püchert
Germany
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Unspecified
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10
Feb 2005*
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Robert Jones
United States
Germantown
Maryland
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Feb 2005*
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Peter Varga
Hungary
Budapest
Unspecified
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10
Feb 2010
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Jose María Flores
Spain
Móstoles
Madrid
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10
Mar 2005*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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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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Ron
United States
Unspecified
New Jersey
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10
Mar 2005*
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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*
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Joe Engalan
United States
Royal Oak
Michigan
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10
May 2005*
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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Waylon Smart
United States
Lake Jackson
Texas
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10
Mar 2013
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Rob Salter
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
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10
Jul 2005*
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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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Bradford Bal
United States
River Edge
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2005*
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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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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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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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JESUS TORRES CASTRO
Spain
CÓRDOBA
Andalucía
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10
Jan 2006*
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Erik Røthe Klette
Norway
Voss
Hordaland
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10
Jan 2006*
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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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