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Chris Fawcett
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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10
Sep 2008*
One of the best multi-player wargames ever made.
2010-04-14
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Nicholas Barker
United Kingdom
London
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Dec 2005*
An excellent game with a unique and rather brilliant system which captures the gradual escalation of the conflict. Works very well as a 2, 3 or 4 player game.
2005-12-17*
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Jan 'Valjean' Gonzalo
Spain
Tarragona
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10
Jun 2008*
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Jordi Cairol
Australia
Brisbane
QLD
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10
Dec 2008*
Probably the best wargame I have ever played!
Cool, terrific, intelligent design.
2008-04-07*
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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10
Jun 2012
I'm surprised by the rather primitive nature of the components. See my review for details: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/442581

The MMP edition takes the rating from a 9 to a 10.
2012-06-19
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pronoblem baalberith
United States
Pleasantville
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2009*
Preorder 05/08/2008
2008-05-27*
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Dan Cunningham
United States
Milford
Ohio
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10
Mar 2013
great game, lots of tension, lots of interesting decisions, lots of dramatic battles and swings with the randomness of the dice.

only gripe is the fact that it takes so long to play. but it sure is a joy for the entire time (sure didn't feel like we played for 8+ hours)
2014-04-23
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Miguel Llorca
Spain
Lleida
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10
Sep 2009*
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Rhonda Johnson
United States
Bunkie
Louisiana
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10
Mar 2010
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David Kennedy
France
Annecy
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10
Sep 2012
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Neil
Canada
Toronto
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10
Aug 2012
Probably the best 4-player wargame. It has perfect balance between randomness and control. The rules are very nicely streamlined (and very easy to learn) while still allowing for some nice chrome and variation. Very nice depth, but, amazingly, even with analytical players, there is little or no downtime -- this is not only because of the streamlined rules, but also because the really big decisions are simultaneous (and so easy to reign in those prone to over-analysis). The game rewards smart play and punishes recklessness, but it also avoids one-sided contests while still moving everyone forward to a resolution. The combat has just the right amount of room for lucky swings, but still preserves a very mature and balanced probabilities in the determination of outcomes. Just the right balance between hidden and public information.

It is really hard to imagine something topping this.
2013-01-24
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Marià Pitarque

Catalunya
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10
Mar 2011
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Jeff Burdett

Honeoye Falls
New York
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10
Jan 2013
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Tripp Ritter
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Jan 2014
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Robert Sohn
United States
Cranbury
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2012
Daniel Sell
United Kingdom
Dagenham
Essex
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10
Apr 2014
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Antero Kuusi
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Jan 2014
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fuad akil
Indonesia
jakarta
jakarta
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10
May 2014
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Shelved
My kinda game
2014-05-23
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Erez Ben-Aharon
Australia
Civic Square
ACT
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10
Jun 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia
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10
Jan 2015
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United States
Durango
Colorado
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10
Jun 2015
An amazing game. Sorry it took me so many years to get a copy
2015-06-07
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Jeromey Martin
United States
Dallas
GA
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9.5
Jan 2013
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Jack Stalica
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9.5
Mar 2013
A breathtakingly elegant design in command and control. Numerous well-crafted and simple sub-system game mechanism innovations.

Simply the best and most exciting strategic war game available today.

Absolutely Brilliant!
2013-04-29
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Chris Buhl
United States
Pittsfield
Massachusetts
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9.25
Jul 2012
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Jon Gautier

Rhinebeck
New York
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9
Mar 2007*
See my review.
2007-03-26*
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Wesley Dau
United States
Moline
Illinois
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9
Jun 2011
A must for any wargamer.
2007-04-13*
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Christian Moura
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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9
Jul 2015
Can't get enough of Angola. Despite taking several hours to play the whole game, never met anyone who was got tired or bored during a session.
2008-05-19*
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Germany
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9
Sep 2012
Great game! Best multi-player wargame I've played yet.
2012-09-07
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John Buse
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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9
Sep 2012
Angola isn't like anything else, and it's different in a good way. Outstanding as a 4-player game, but it seems like it would lose something as a 2-player. Great counter art and map in the MMP update.
2012-07-25
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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9
Jul 2008*
Fascinating and easy to play four-player game, with not much downtime. Highly recommended. Own both versions, MMP version is very nice, albeit with one card erratum.
2012-07-10
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Borat Sagdiyev
Spain
Madrid
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9
Dec 2012
Preliminary rating.
2012-12-07
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Andy Daglish
United Kingdom
Cheadle
Cheshire
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9
May 2008*
The best semi-pro production of its day. Very good four-player, with a victory system that was lifted several times.
2009-08-20
Jeff Endres
Australia
Melbourne
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May 2008*
J. R. Tracy
United States
New York
New York
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9
Aug 2009*
This Ragnar Brothers multiplayer title languished in the shadows for years, but now is in the hands of the IGS team at MMP. The subject is the Angolan civil war, and the system is unlike just about anything you’ve seen before. You assemble your assault columns from a variety of riff raff infantry, armor, professional intervention forces and mercenaries, add in some air support, and go steal a town off your neighbor. Aspects that make it fun include blending of the military and political dimensions, the bidding for reinforcements, and the touch of chaos offered by the command cards. I’m also actually a fan of the *very* rough presentation - third world graphics for a third world game! What they lack in crispness they make up for with sheer colorful exuberance. Lee Brimmicombe-Wood is reworking the components, retaining the funktastic sub-Saharan color scheme while dramatically upgrading the icons and map work. Get Angola into your life, and mine - preorder today!
2009-08-18
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Richard Erwin
United States
Mercer Island
Washington
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9
Jul 2009*
I've always been a sucker for games regarding low-intensity conflict, but none seemed to come close to the idea until this item fell into my hands in 1990. It does play long, but the things that make it work for me are the means by which the escalation of the conflict happens and the relative uncertainty with which you play your side throughout. I like having to play a bit more "on the fly" than is usual.
2008-07-12*
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Чебурашка, ты настоящий друг!
United Kingdom
Durham
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9
Jun 2009*
A brilliantly innovative game that has quite simple, albeit at times procedural, rules. The MMP version is absolutely beautiful, although I'm a little bit wary at what impact the smaller sized brigade/foreign counters will have on the fog of war aspect of the game.
2015-01-30
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Daniel Harrison
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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9
Feb 2014
Has a great 'poker' feel to it as players guess and 2nd guess the intentions of enemies and allies alike.

The FNLA is the easiest side to play well, the MPLA the hardest.

A little long to play in a single sitting.

Shame it didn't come with a mounted board.
2014-02-20
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Jeff Grossman
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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Apr 2010
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Anthony
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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9
Feb 2013
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Alberto Fugazza
Italy
Gorla Minore (VA)
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9
Jun 2013
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the scrub
Canada
Mississauga
Ontario
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9
Feb 2010
After just one (amazing) play I'd have to say that this might be one of the best 4-player conflict sims out there.
2010-06-21
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Gerald Gan
Philippines
Quezon City
NCR
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9
Aug 2012
This may very well be my favorite multiplayer wargame. It just resonates well with me and every time I play it I find myself enjoying immensely. Great game. The only reason it's not a 10 is because I don't get it on the table enough due to the lengthy play time.
2014-07-25
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Kevin Rohrer
United States
Medina
Ohio
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9
Aug 2010
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Dan Eaglin
United States
Tennessee
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9
Aug 2010
robin goblin
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Sep 2010
This has to be among the most clever games ever designed -- and I mean that in a good way. A number of unique mechanisms produce an awesome seesawing balance. Tense gameplay, great feel. Gotta play it again!
2010-09-22
New Zealand
Dunedin
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Jul 2012
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Sam I Am
Canada
Québec
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9
May 2014
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Jason Mowat
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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9
Dec 2012
Wow, what a great game even though I know nothing about the original Angola civil war! If it's anything like my first game played out, it was bloody. I really dig the command card system and the notion of columns to time and conduct your attacks. The combat system is nice and simple, even with large stacks of combined arms units with foreign-aid supplied weapons conducting combat. And the supporting region mechanism along with the movement rules and restrictions really creates an atmosphere where you can wage a guerrilla war. I'm looking forward getting this on the table again soon!
2012-09-02
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Lee Proctor
United States
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Unspecified
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Mar 2011
Andre Oliveira
Brazil
Sao Paulo
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9
Nov 2014
It's not exactly easy to find a good multi-player wargame. My first good one was Friedrich, then its sibling Maria and then finally I played Andean Abyss, my first game of the fantastic COIN series by GMT Games.

All these games were great in the sense that their creators were able to design an engaging strategic puzzle with factions that have asymmetric forces and objectives.

But the "oldie" Angola is still the best of them all. Even better than Andean Abyss and possibly all the games in the COIN series.

Angola is simpler in rules and deeply engaging as an strategic challenge for all four factions involved.

The mechanics fits (very well, actually) the theme and the historical developments of the actual conflict, specially with the rules for the support from foreign powers.

The dynamics of column management is brilliant, along with the catch-up mechanism that keeps everyone engaged with real chances to win until the very end.

I also like the fact that you don't have diplomacy in the game, since the factions inside the alliance are aligned in their ultimate objective of winning together.

The only drawback is that Angola is a long game. Our first match lasted for a little more than six hours, which is OK by wargaming standards, but not OK for my (mostly) eurogamers group.

Angola is a game created in the 80's that hasn't aged at all when compared to modern multi-player designs. It is, IMO, THE BEST multi-player wargame that I've ever played and will always have a place in my collection. I'm glad to have participated in the MMP kickstarter campaign for the new edition.

If you are looking for an engrossing wargaming experience to share with 3 other friends, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Angola.

2014-08-14
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