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John Lopez
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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9
Jun 2004*
A trick taking game that I can actually figure out how to bid properly *more often* than the rest of the group. This score possibly reflects that I win frequently.
2004-06-17*
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Chris Tettamanti
United States
Henderson
Nevada
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9
Mar 2005*
Hard to explain, but great fun!!! The kids and I play this for hours. I actually made a second game from 81 oversized playing cards.
2014-10-10
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Ben Bodrero
United States
Tremonton
Utah
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9
Nov 2008*
Difficult to master trick taking game. 12 suits, 4 suits per card, 27 cards per suit, and the first player each hand picks one of the four suits on his card.

Not good with only two players. This games seems to shine with 4+ players but I haven't had the chance to try with 8-10 players yet.
2007-02-12*
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Raven Black
United States
Milpitas
California
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Jan 2006*
Ah yes, I was wrong about Sticheln being the best non-team trick-taking game, this one is better - and it even works with only two players, for a change.
2006-01-20*
Robert Shannon
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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8
Sep 2006*
clever trick taking card game
2006-09-17*
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Chris Fenwick
United States
New Jersey
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8
Sep 2006*
This is THE most challenging trick-taking/bidding I have ever seen. It really messing with your head. I love it, but I can never seem to get people to play it. I would probably rate it higher if other people would join me in a game or 2!
2006-09-04*
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Chuck Puchala
United States
ALEXANDRIA
Virginia
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8
Jan 2009*
2-10
2008-11-14*
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Wally Rabbit

Louisiana
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8
Nov 2010
Traverse brings together the best elements of Chinese Checkers and Chess. It object is the same as Chinese Checkers, but each piece moves in its own unique manner. The game moves quickly, but strategy is absolutely necessary. A great game for all ages.
2010-11-17
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Darryl Ferster
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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7.5
Feb 2015
I believe I received this as a Christmas gift. I had played Dale Boan's copy once. 3x3x3x3=81 unique cards. I should give it a try again. By the makers of Quiddler.
The only game I own beginning with the letter X!
2015-02-28
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Ken Spontelli
United States
Mansfield
Texas
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7.2
Mar 2005*
The game is interesting due to the '12 suits' in the game. It's a little hard to teach to neogamers as the boss cards are not always clear to them. The large number of suits make predicting the number of trick you'll take harder and leads to low scoring games.

Too complicated for social-neogamer types and too random for the 'analytical big-brained' gamers. Who is the target market for this game?
2012-02-15
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Mark Tyler
United States
Orem
Utah
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7
Jan 2007*
Clever variation on the "guess how many tricks I'll take this round" type of card games.
2007-01-17*
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Holly Gramazio
United Kingdom
London
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7
Jun 2005*
Clumsy card design, especially coming from the makers of the absurdly elegant Set, but a good, interesting trick-taking game, with plenty of opportunities for placid spite.
2005-06-15*
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Mark Scrudder
United States
Spokane
Washington
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7
Oct 2011
A very good trick-taking game which has simple enough mechanics to learn quickly but enough complexity to make it thoroughly enjoyable for a 'bridge club' style of play.
2005-07-03*
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Jeremiah Lee
United States
San Francisco
CA
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At one time, I didn't really like Power Grid so Ted made my piece a Power Grid piece.
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7
Nov 2008*
Good trick-taking game that really throws people for a loop, even if they're experienced with other trick-taking games.
2006-09-15*
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Dea Draper
United States
Boise
Idaho
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7
Nov 2008*
My family hates this game, a few others think it is ok. I think it is very good. Wish I could get more people to play with me. I rated it in the "7's" instead of the "8's" because it is so disliked by others--& a game is less rewarding if I can't find anyone who enjoys playing it.
2007-03-19*
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Barry Figgins
United States
Woodland
California
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7
Jan 2007*
Play a card and choose a suit. If someone can beat you, they take the trick, but that's okay. You're not trying to win them all, just as many as you bet you'd be able to win! Interesting, simple, and much, much better than I expected it to be.
2007-01-27*
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Frank Eisenhauer
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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7
Nov 2007*
I did some play-testing for this. Remarkable how many different sets of rules work for these cards.
2007-11-23*
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Ken Grazier
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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7
Jul 2007*
Fun, but takes a few hands to get the game truly down.
2007-07-12*
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Ralph Brendler
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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7
Jun 2007*
Played as a filler in our group for the first time last week. Feelings were mixed-- some (including me) really liked it, others not so much.

This game is just about perfect as a filler or "after" game, lying somewhere between the mindless fun of Fluxx or Dalmuti and the seriousness of Set or Mu. I liked the fact that it was easy enough to teach in 2 minutes, yet complex enough to demand some thinking. A couple of minor rules make the strategy very interesting, particularly the "last card wins" rule.
2007-06-11*
Owned
United States
New York
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HYPERBOLE! It's like the greatest thing ever!!!
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7
Jan 2008*
An innovative trick-taking game, using multiple symbols to a card. The best of the trick-taking games I have yet encountered.
2008-01-05*
Dan4th Nicholas
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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7
Dec 2007*
me likey trick taking games.
2007-12-14*
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Bill Shirley
United States
Houston
Texas
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7
Oct 2010
I love a trick-taking game. This one expands up to 10 players. Each card with 4 possible suits. You have to pick your exact trick count. bought from Paul
2010-10-06
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Chris Schenck
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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7
Mar 2008*
Fun little trick-taking card game with some subtle strategy that eclipses similar card games that use a traditional 52-card deck.
2008-03-14*
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Brian Akin
United States
Floyds Knobs
Indiana
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7
Oct 2008*
1st played November 7th, 2007. It takes ~5min to learn and ~30min for 4 to play. This trick taking game has its own unique blend of mechanics. Of 8 cards dealt to you, you must bid how many you will take. If correct, you get that many positive points. If wrong, you get negative points equal to absolute value of %u201Cguessed%u201D minus %u201Ctaken%u201D. Dealer must bid where bids don%u2019t equal 8. Player to the right of dealer leads and declares symbol is to be followed. You need the cheat sheet in this one. Cards have 4 object types on them and there are 1-3 of each of those objects. Card values range from 4-12. Highest values wins. If a tie, the last card of that value wins, provided it%u2019s of the lead suit. You must follow the suit led, which means if 2 stars are lead you must play a card with two stars on it if you have it. Good balance of luck and strategy in this as you must evaluate your hand, what others are playing and make your bid. I%u2019d recommend giving this a game play, especially if you like trick taking games. Give this consideration of purchase and defiantly play if you know someone who has it.
2008-06-03*
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Joe Pastuzyn
United States
Midland
Michigan
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7
Jan 2010*
Purchased this game and didn't play it for awhile. When it did get ot the table I liked it a bunch. The fact that each card has three different suits made for an interesting game play. It is a good game for those gamers who like card games where they can set up their hands for a final play. Not unlike setting up a Bridge hand where you have to lose a few tricks to then take your own.
2010-01-11
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Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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7
Apr 2010
Owie! Brain Pain!

This is one of those exact-bid trick-taking games like Wizard. I usually find it near-impossible to predict exactly how many bids I will take in these kinds of games. However, this seemed to be better than Wizard; at least you don't have Wizards and Fools totally screwing with your predictions!

Play 8 hands, 8 cards/hand. Make bids first, ending with dealer (who may not bid a number that would make the total bids exactly 8). Fortunately, there's a cheat sheet included which shows you the exact card distribution. You'll need it, 'cause there are 12 suits in the game! The cards each show 4 suits (1, 2, or 3 x cubes, cones, balls or stars) -- the person leading the trick picks one for that card. Players following must follow suit if able. Cards are also numbered 1-12; highest card in the suit led (if multiple played, last one is strongest) wins the trick and leads next. Everyone who bid correctly scores their bid in VP; others lose the difference between bid and actual tricks taken. The player with the most points after 8 rounds wins!
2010-04-15
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Iggy
United States
Michigan
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7
Jan 2011
The game is quick and random, so it's great when you want a quick and random game topped off with a dash of thinking. You still need to pay attention to what cards are played, and since there are 12 possible suits to choose from, it can be a little tricky. The problem is that with only a few players, you are always taking a risk when playing cards because so many are still in the deck. With a lot of players, you are even more at the mercy of what cards you are delt, and you would be lucky to win any tricks at all (or to loose your tricks, depending on which of the three variation you choose). So, not a perfect game, but serves it's function well when you want a light game that can play up to 10 players (which, by the way, is not a common number to find a game for).
2011-01-09
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Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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7
May 2011
A trick-taking card game with a bidding mechanism similar to Wizard. Each card has 4 "suits", with 1 to 3 images per suit. The total number of images on the card is the total value of the card (for example, a card with 3 spheres, 2 cubes, 1 cone, and 1 star has a total value of 7). When a player leads, that player also names a suit. The other players must follow suit, if able, by playing a card with the same number of images in the named suit (for example, if I lead the above card and name cubes, the other players must play cards with 2 cubes, if able). The trick is won by the card which followed suit and that has highest total value, ties going to the card played last.
2011-05-29
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Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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7
Nov 2013
--Nov2013-- Cool. It's not quite compelling without reference to the card chart; but pretty interesting with. I imagine that one would eventually remember the distributions - but the split between will-win-if-lead and might-never-be-relevant is cool.
2013-11-29
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Ray Geroski
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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6.75
Nov 2007*
Another decent trick-taking game with a new twist to complicate the challenge--the person who leads announces trump based on the symbols that appear on the card. Cards will have differing numbers of symbols based on their rank. To really play the game well, you need to have a mathematical mind and be able to pay attention to what's been played. I won our first play of this by a tiny margin of one point, but I can't say that I really completely understand it. I know I could have played better, and I know that I made terrible mistakes. If I'd been playing with an experienced group, I would've been trounced. It just so happened that we were all learning the game. I would play this again, but I think I enjoy other trick-taking games better, such as Sticheln and Rage.
2007-11-07*
Charles Bahl
United States
San Jose
California
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6.5
Mar 2003*
This is a surprisingly good variant on the "Oh, Hell" genre of card games. The card distribution and the fact that each card is simultaneously a member of four different suits makes this unique. Have only played a few times, but definitely want to play more. Much better than Rage, IMHO.
2003-03-09*
Don Bone
Australia
Wentworth Falls
NSW
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6.5
Jul 2003*
An OK game. Not sure that it is particularly better than the card game "Up the Creek, Down the Creek" on which it is clearly based. The unusual distribution of cards that results from having all of the suits on each card certainly adds a twist, but not a particularly exciting one IMO.
2003-07-01*
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William Lindsey
United States
Greentown
Indiana
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6.5
Feb 2011
The only thing I don't like is the pure randomness of the last card. I try to ensure that I do not need to win the second to last trick so that I don't get stuck with calling the suit on the last card. Besides that, this is a really fun trick taking game.
2011-02-10
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Kenichi Gomi
Japan
Shizuoka
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6.2
Mar 2015
エグザクティカ
Web版をプレイ。3種類のゲームがある。「トリックを多くとる」ゲームはできるだけ大きな数で少ない図形を選べ、「ビットする」ゲームはだいたい9以上の数の枚数をビットするとヒントがルールにあるのでそれを参考にするといい。それを前提にしてこのカードで勝ちに行ってこのカードで負けるのを、相手のビットを参考に決める。意外に簡単で気楽にできるトリックテイキング。
Amazonで購入できるが、ちょっと高すぎないかな?
2014-09-13
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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6
Jul 2009*
From what I recall, this is fairly decent.
2006-08-07*
Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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6
Jan 2004*
I didn't expect much out of this game and I still think the scoring mechanism leaves something to be desired, but any game that puts four out of twelve suits on each card can't be all bad. There's still a lot here to explore, particularly if you enjoy combinatorial puzzles.
2004-01-04*
Jack Guritza
United States
South Euclid
Ohio
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6
Sep 2010
A good card game for a group
2007-07-21*
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Mike Summers
United States
Ammon
Idaho
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6
Jan 2007*
Trick taking game. You have to refer to the reference card for probability. If you go more than a couple months between plays, it will take you 20 minutes to remember what the graph on the reference card means
2007-01-22*
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Daniel Sarasio Meyer
United States
Forest City
Iowa
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6
May 2006*
Pretty fun bidding, rummy type game.
2006-05-08*
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Bryan Johnson
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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6
Aug 2006*
A neat trick-taking game with harsh.... I mean HARSH scoring penalties if you are not psychic enough to guess exactly how many tricks you will take each round.
2006-08-05*
Jolene L
United States
San Diego
California
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Sep 2006*
This is a wacky trick-taking game in which each card has four different "suits;" the player who leads gets to pick one of the four suits to lead. I find the bidding on this to be hard and somewhat random. If many of your cards will definitely take tricks or definitely duck tricks, bidding isn't too bad. But since each card represents *four* different suits, you might get forced to play cards that are low for the suit that's led in order to follow suit--possibly wasting that card's potential to be high in a different suit. How well one does depends a lot on what other people lead (if one doesn't get to lead the very first trick).

Since there are so many cards in the deck, card-counting doesn't help in a smaller game, which adds to the wacky sense of randomness. I *am* interested in playing a bigger game of this, with 6++ players.
2006-09-14*
Michael Kandrac
United States
Grand Prairie
TX
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Oct 2009*
I've played 2 player and 4 player sessions of Xactika and they've been enjoyable affairs. Not as good as Ninety-Nine, however.
2006-12-05*
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Randy Brown
United States
Manchester
New Hampshire
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6
Feb 2007*
Another trick taking game, how mind-numbingly original! I hope they make this into a CCG, I mean no one's ever done that before.

Actually not a bad game, just hard to get on the table (unless you spill your beer and need something to sop it up).
2007-02-28*
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Mike Cooper
United States
Lewisville
Texas
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6
Apr 2007*
Purchased after playing the online puzzle at http://www.setgame.com. I'm not real good at trick-taking games, but I'm willing to try them until I can figure out how to bid. I won't play 42, though. Ugh.
2007-04-21*
Tony Linan
United States
Denver
Colorado
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Aug 2007*
Enjoyed the ability to change the value of cards depending on the shapes you could choose from as the winner of the trick.
I would like to play this game again now that I know the strategy of it.
2007-08-19*
Chief EGG Head
United States
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6
Sep 2007*
Bidding variation on a bidding trick taking game in that each card can represent several "suites." Overly complex cards and distribution sucked all the fun out of this one and I usually like tric taking games.
2007-09-23*
R. N. Dominick
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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6
Jan 2008*
Pretty interesting trick-taker-with-a-twist. Not apparent how to play well at all at the beginning. I think maybe the scoring should be "one point per trick minus one point for every trick you missed your bid by".
2008-01-06*
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Gary Milante
United States
Dist of Columbia
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6
Dec 2007*
Dear Xactika, I wish I'd gotten to know you better. You seem like an interesting game, but I just can't bring myself to learn you, it isn't you, it's me. Maybe some day down the road I'll take you off the shelf, dust you off and figure you out, but until then, have a good summer!
2007-12-24*
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Calm Fluffy Bunnies
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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6
Dec 2007*
fun with 4... a bit tedious with 8 players... Dan4th got for SS2007
2010-04-10
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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6
Jan 2008*
I would possibly be interested in this game solely to fill the X spot in my games list, if I didn't already like the game. The game itself is an odd take on the whole trick-taking genre. Since I tend to like these kind of games, it should be no wonder that this game is of interest to me. Still, I never really played it enough to say that I understood the game, which may be a shame. My gut feeling always was that the game was pretty random, even more so than one would reasonably expect from it being a card game. My hope is that feeling is incorrect. [08/14/2007]
2008-01-01*
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