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Josh Adelson
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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Well, I see the otherness of being other is otherwise contraindicated
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Who cares where it came from or whether it's correct or not? Certainly not me
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10
Aug 2002*
Well, sure it's just a BETTER version of Maginor, but that doesn't stop me from loving this one immediately.... Just kidding, this game is beyond fantastic. Only played two player, and not too often yet at that, but I had DREAMS about this game the night after I first played it, and that's GOOD.
2002-08-22*
Owned
Ed Martindale
United States
Livonia
Michigan
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10
Jun 2003*
This is the perfect 3 player game. I have loved this game from the first time I played it and I still love it. We don't break it out as often as I would like, but have enjoyed every game (even the ones I have lost!)
2003-06-19*
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Scott Nelson
United States
Idaho Falls
Idaho
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10
Aug 2005*
One of the best influence games I've played. Slight more luck in obtaining the bits to place than El Grande, but it has its own unique creative nature to make it different than El Grande, and a fun lighter game. The combatic theme has little combat that can't be known before you start your turn. No wargame feeling when you take over an area.
2005-08-03*
Owned
Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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10
Aug 2005*
I was a little intimidated by all the bits in this game before we got it, but I'm not sorry we did. This is one of the most original and interesting games we have played. Although there are alot of bits, most of them are of the same type. These same bits have more than one use, which forces you to decide where they will be most valuable to you, both now and later in the game. This game always keeps us on our toes, without being stressful to play. It works very well for 2 players. We played once with 3, and that seemed to work fine too.
2005-08-05*
Owned
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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10
Jan 2015
Best when played with 3 (give it a 10 for 3 players), but 4 doesn't look to be a good game. 9 is my overall feel for this game. Raised my rating recently...
2005-12-27*
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Vern Ryan
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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10
Jan 2007*

This is a great game. A real brain burner like chess. You constantly have to be considering your move, your opponents moves, your next move, the numbers on the board, the numbers in your court, the numbers in your opponent court and in his hand. Lots of details to keep track of or you'll slip up and give away the game.

2007-01-13*
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Juan José Fernández Quiroga
United States
Miami
Florida
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10
Sep 2013
Brutal, intense, awesome.
2013-09-12
John
United States
Bluffton
South Carolina
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10
Dec 2007*
Probably my favorite 3-player game.
2010-01-12
Owned
Fab'
France
France
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10
Jul 2011
Fab'
May 2007
1 plays
2011-12-19
Owned
Want To Play
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10
Nov 2011
Mostly played online, this game has almost everything. Tactical play, risk-taking, strategical placement,.... Fast too. Only 2p for me (that will change f2f I guess)
2011-11-12
Festival of Song Birds, Flaming Sudoku, Spirit of Christmas, and Cardboard Perfume Aficionado
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10
Aug 2013
Fun with two.
2013-07-05
Owned
Seok-Yong Moon
South Korea
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10
Oct 2013
Almost perfect game to 2 players who want to enjoy influence game. Very simple and good mechanism and hard to win, much to think. Because the situation is changing every turn, if you feel relaxed, you will lose the game.
2013-10-21
Owned
Brent Mair
United States
Roy
Utah
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BGGCon 2014 or Bust
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10
Jul 2014
Amazing Game.
2014-07-10
neil wallace
United Kingdom
guildford
surrey
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9.5
May 2003*
3 player is definately the way to play this, i really like the way the number choosing works - similar to el caballero but it also affects the number choosing for the next round making the game completly circular and forcing some of the most agonizing decisions ive ever had to make!
2 and 4 player games are good but nowhere near as tense as the 3 player game
2003-05-01*
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Dirk Chegigo
United States
Dingle
Idaho
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9.5
Aug 2003*
The first time I played this game I loved it. It plays pretty quickly and is a great 3 player game. If you play with four you play in partnerships. Makes me take a closer look at Leo Colvini's games.
2003-08-22*
Gábor MÁTHÉ
Hungary
Budapest
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9.5
Mar 2006*
it's my case...
2006-03-14*
Owned
Melissa Curcio
United States
Blacksburg
Virginia
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9.5
Nov 2006*
This is another one of my favorite games, being fairly heavy, with pretty pieces. Most fun with three players.
2006-11-14*
Carlo Rossi
Italy
Carpi
Modena
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9.5
Oct 2007*
The masterpiece of Colovini
2007-10-12*
Owned
Álex Ramos
Spain
Torreperogil
Jaén
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9.5
Oct 2009*
[ES] Regalo del Amigo Invisible 2007 de la BSK.

[EN] Spanish BSK's Secret Santa 2007 present.
2007-12-26*
Owned
Want To Play
kat costa
United States
Santa Rosa
California
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Who dares disturb the Hobnob Goblin?
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9.5
Feb 2015
2014.04.21 It's enjoyable and there's a lot of room for strategy and plotting. There's a definite social reading / theory of mind aspect involved in the selecting of the number discs at the beginning of a round. The turns move quickly: all you do is place three cubes and move the emperor token. But within that quick turn, you've got a great deal of swaying power. The area control battles feel Tigris & Euphrates-y, only more streamlined. The pacing feels right in that the game speeds up when things start getting dicey: since the 15 territories merge, near the end of the game you might have only 5 territories, meaning the emperor moves around them much more speedily. Really fun. (Based on a two-player session.)

2014.05.03 Upping the rating. This is the Ticket to Ride of area control games.

2015.02.22 Had to up it even more. It's just that good. Gets more fun with every play.
2015-02-22
Owned
Konstantin Gorbunov
Russia
Moscow
Unspecified
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9.3
Jan 2013
Играли вчетвером 2х2. Мы с сыном против Коли и Сергея. Выиграли с камбэком.
Требуется поиграть в других форматах. Судя по всему игры вдвоем, втроем и вчетвером - совершенно разные философии.

...Попробовали... Да, на троих - резко иная игра.
2010-05-17
Owned
Want To Play
Yours Truly,
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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9.2
Jan 2012
If you like lightly themed abstracts like King of Siam and Medina, then this game is for you. Those are two of my favorite games, and I was immediately enraptured by this one. Very spatial game involving "investing" in colors to compete for control of islands that can then merge together. Another twist on this one is that it has a bit of luck in the form of dice. I suppose you could do a diceless variant for those who prefer no-luck games, I think it would still hold up well.
Played it 2-player, I think it would be even more interesting with 3.
2011-12-05
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Harry Reimer
United States
NY
New York
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9
Aug 2001*
The best three player game I own.
2001-08-22*
Owned
Ron
United States
Unspecified
New Jersey
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9
Feb 2002*
I love this as a two player game. Not sure how a 3 or 4 player game will play out.
2002-02-12*
Owned
Bernard Kiel
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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9
Jan 2003*
I really like this game. Two or three players. I never play it enough.
2003-01-17*
Owned

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