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Russell Grieshop
United States
Temple Terrace
Florida
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9.5
Jun 2009*
I like this game more and more, each time I play it. Very clever, very tough decisions (it seems to me), and a lot of fun to see how it all plays out.
2009-06-05
Owned
Tony Kerkhove
Belgium
Waregem
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9
Mar 2005*
Nice game, I loved the mechanism of dividing the 8 cards into two piles for your opponent to choose from.
I like it better than the boardgame.
2005-03-01*
Owned
Giannis Tsekos

Kalamata
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9
Dec 2009*
I love this game. I have played it so many times
2009-11-14
Owned
François Capristo
France
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9
Jul 2011
Canal Grande, c'est San Marco pour deux joueurs ! Première différence, et de taille : les dimensions... San Marco est une "grosse boîte", Canal Grande tient dans la poche !

Il n'y a pas de plateau mais le mécanisme de base est le même "tu partages, je choisis !"
2008-02-27*
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Peter R.
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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9
Mar 2008*
This game really looks ugly! But nethertheless I like to play it very much. The game stands now at 9! It is right now my preferred 2-player game due to the playing time and the fun I had playing it. Second only to Blue Moon.
2008-03-16*
Owned
Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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9
Aug 2010
2-Player Game
2009-07-28
Owned
Forest Fisher
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9
Aug 2009*
I really liked this game. The artwork is simple, but has a sort of dark, menacing feel to it. The mechanism for dealing out cards is very clever and interesting, and the game is short, fun, and full off depth!
2009-08-30
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Apr 2011
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Florian K.
Germany
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9
Mar 2011
Strategic, tactical, beautiful, portable ... what else do you expect from a two-player game? I can't get enough of this one.
2011-03-18
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Dominic Rébérez
Belgium
Merchtem
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8.5
Sep 2007*
Two player card game based on San Marco which keeps the agonizing splitting cards puzzle and gets rid of the multiplayer imbalances. The bidding for districts that was added might not be excellent, the authors did a very good job of making a two player game with this very old mechanic.
2007-09-20*
Owned
Christopher DeFrisco
United States
Ashland
Oregon
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8.5
Aug 2009*
This is a brilliant card version of San Marco. A great game to own if you love San Marco but don't always have 3 or more to play.
2011-08-18
Owned
Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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8
Oct 2002*
Similar feel to San Marco, but with some slightly different tactics. I liked the "you divide, I choose" mechanism that has been retained.
2002-10-28*
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dominique cortens
Belgium
Zichem
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8
Dec 2002*
Great game. Played it yesterday with a friend and we realy had a good time. We just had one question left after playing the game. When the spy is played do you draw a card blind from the other player or may you choose a card from the player's hand? We played it both ways but we seem to like the first way better (drawing the card blind).
2002-12-21*
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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8
Oct 2003*
I had high expectations for San Marco and it didn't live up to my own hype. Consequently, my expectations were lowered for the card game and I was pleasantly surprised! The card game retains the divide and choose mechanism, which I really like, and the elections are intense. There are a ton of important decisions in that deck of cards! A lot of drama throughout the game, especially towards the end.
2003-10-17*
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Todd
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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8
Dec 2012
Fun little 2 player card game with more depth than meets the eye. Lots of strategy available and I like the dealer "offer" component.
2003-11-11*
Larry Winckles
Hungary
Budapest
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8
Mar 2004*
More intense and satisfying than San Marco.
2004-03-11*
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Alkis Moraitis
Australia
Sydney Olympic Park
NSW
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8
Mar 2004*
Great splitting mechanism with good gameplay but rather poor graphics.
2004-03-19*
Owned
Matthew Arrington
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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8
May 2004*
Fun little game, maybe better than its parent? Watch out if your opponent has 3 of any one district, the easiest way to close this out is to get 4 of one kind.
2004-05-27*
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Valdir Jorge
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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8
Sep 2004*
Good game but it should have a few more district cards in it.

Traded it away at the Montreal math trade 14.
2012-09-30
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Stephen Michael Hickey
New Zealand
Auckland
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8
Jul 2007*
The San Marco based card game.

Incorporates the uniquely superb mechanic of having to split the 8 cards into 2 hands and offer your opponent the first choice.

You are forced to continually get decks balanced.
2007-07-04*
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Chris Spencer
United Kingdom
London
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8
Oct 2005*
Played this travelling by train through Europe with my wife. Never got tired of it (did get tired of her! :-))
2005-10-23*
Owned
Felix Rodriguez
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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8
Apr 2008*
I'm not a big fan of the original, but the card game works by removing much of the chaos.
2008-04-18*
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Greg Courter
United States
Battle Creek
Michigan
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8
Dec 2005*
A bit better then the board game that inspired it.
2005-12-24*
Chris Sjoholm
United States
Lynnwood
Washington
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8
Jun 2006*
Clever, quick. The action cards seem more balanced than in San Marco.
2006-06-08*
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Maik Hennebach
Germany
Frankfurt
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8
Oct 2006*
Very good translation of San Marco to a two-player game, although the graphics are nowhere near as nice as in the original version.
Played 5 times.
2006-10-16*
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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8
Dec 2007*
Just like its big brother San Marco, an ugly cover (who chose that font?) but more attractive inside the box. The cards are nicely illustrated, with a much less attractive design on the back. But design issues aside, I was surprised to enjoy this much more than San Marco. You get the same difficult decision-making process in the "divide and choose" mechanism. The limit points are still there, the districts are still there, you just lose the little bridges (though the gondolas stand in, I guess), and the objective is slightly different (card majority vs. area majority). The game plays much more quickly and is very engaging as you try to decipher what cards your opponent has and what his/her movtive is in cutting the cards in such a manner. I don't regret having traded away San Marco - this fills in the void in a very pleasant way. I more often have 2 players than 3, so this is great.
2007-12-22*
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Brad Fuller
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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8
Feb 2007*
what a cool little game. A lot of game in a small box, must have for those who often play 2 player games.
2007-02-20*
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chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
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8
Mar 2007*
This is quite a cool card game. There is a fair amount you can do strategicly and tacticly.
2007-03-01*
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Doug Saxon
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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8
Mar 2007*
I liked this a little better than the board game that inspired it. The best part of the original board game is choosing the piles for you and your opponent. This 2-player game is that mechanic in its own game and it can be quite intense and fun.
2007-03-23*
monsieur retuono
France
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8
Jan 2014
Small game but very efficient. Much, much better than the current rating.

Personnaly I like the art of the cards front and hate the cards back. I also strongly advice to use sleevers.
2007-08-22*
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Terry Egan
United States
Waltham
MA
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8
Feb 2009*
Surprisingly deep little card game ... certainly one of the best offerings from Adlung. Similar enough to its parent board game San Marco that fans of the one should enjoy the other, as well.
2007-09-14*
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Robert Aube
Canada
Ste-Julie
Quebec
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8
Sep 2010
Affreux - qui a bien pu autoriser l'impression de ces cartes - mais une mécanique tres différente et sans pitié. J'aime beaucoup :-)
2011-03-19
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David Grietens
Belgium
Leuven
Vlaams Brabant
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8
Mar 2013
Did you like the card selection game mechanic in San Marco? Then you need to buy this game, because it is only that. A 2 player game that is worth taking with you on holiday.

The cards don't look very appealing and could scare people away from the game.

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2013-03-19
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Pedro Godinho
Portugal
Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto
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8
Jan 2008*
One of the best for 2 player.
2008-01-08*
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Olivier N.
Belgium
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8
Jun 2008*
with two boxes, you can player a four player variant
2010-08-30
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Antonio RM
Germany
Berlin
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8
Jun 2013
Designed as an adaptation for two players of the bigger board game San Marco, Canal Grande is a tightly constructed card game involving building sets (the goal is collecting either four cards of one single colour or one card of each of the six colours), bidding and a very clever mechanic to distribute cards between both players at the beginning of each turn (one player draws the cards and divides them into two lots, the other player chooses first). While the play isn't overtly heavy, both bidding and preparing the lots require a good amount of skill and double-guessing.
2012-06-03
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Josh Dudley
United States
Barboursville
WV
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Aug 2013
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IMO, a board game's mechanics are rarely applicable when redesigning it as a card game, but in this case Canal Grande seems to be a natural progression of San Marco. It uses the same, innovative dealer/drafting mechanic used in San Marco, but it implements them as a 2-player hand management/set collection game, rather than area control.

All in all, I enjoy Canal Grande for what it is. A 2-player card game with an innovative mechanic that develops interesting decision making, but if I had a choice I'd rather play its big brother, San Marco.
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M. Bader
Germany
duesseldorf
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7.9
Apr 2006*
Lots of fun for 5 euro. Wow, great 2 player version of San Marco. A tense fight for majorites.
2006-04-01*
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Michael @mgouker
United States
Pembroke Pines
Florida
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7.9
Jul 2009*
Nasty deal-making game where you set up options of what to take and your opponent blindly chooses. Can be satisfying for your sadistic side, but you will surely be burned too!!! The game at its core is an area of "influence" (control) in different areas of Venice.
2009-07-08
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richard glanzer
United States
forest hills
NY
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7.5
Dec 2009*
two plays. great fun. want to play this more.
2005-08-17*
Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7.5
Feb 2008*
Two-player, cards-only, version of San Marco. All of the good game elements without the weaker random ones. A tight game with a lot of tension.
2008-02-22*
Cristian Cano
Spain
Sevilla
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7.25
Aug 2012
It's not as good as the original San Marco (one of my all time favourites) but it's a very good adaptation for 2 players.

Underrated game here on BGG. I think that if the artwork looked more profesional it would appeal to more players.
2011-07-10
Marc Guenette
Canada
Laval
Quebec
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7
Apr 2003*
It's what I expect from a card game... Fast, fun, furious... But very short...
2003-04-07*
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Dong Seup Hyun
South Korea
Seoul
Seoul
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7
Jul 2003*
little better than san marco
2003-07-18*
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Scott Muldoon (silentdibs)
United States
Astoria
New York
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7
Feb 2004*
Excellent distillation of San Marco into a two-player format. Classic divide-and-choose mechanic retained. Room for bluff and maneuver.
2004-02-26*
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Paul Johnson
United Kingdom
Brighton
Sussex
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7
Mar 2004*
Clever little game. Not sure if it's going to have long term replayability but it does present interesting decisions - and the chance to give your opponent very nasty ones.
2004-03-24*
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Randall Peek
United States
Preston
Connecticut
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7
Jun 2004*
A cute and clever little game. While certainly not in the same major leagues as San Marco, the lineage and mechanisms are there. This is one of the stars of the minor leagues
2004-06-24*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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7
Dec 2006*
The reversed thinking process required from most train games makes this one interesting.
2006-12-13*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Sep 2004*
The doge made me do it!
2004-09-11*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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7
Jan 2005*
Decent two player variation of San Marco. San Marco is still the better game.
2005-01-10*
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