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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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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*
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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*
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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*
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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
Chile
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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
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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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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*
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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*
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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
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Javi Santos
Spain
sevilla
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9.5
Jun 2015
Very good game. I find it similar to King of Siam (or viceversa) in the sense that it is difficult to make majorities in the colors you want to be powerful. An original majority game. Played only once with four(2-2) it is easy to understand, and quite deep. Pieces are ok, box too big.
2008-03-17*
kat costa
United States
Santa Rosa
California
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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
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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
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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*
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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*
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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*
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Steve Hancock
United States
Washougal
Washington
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9
Jan 2010*
I love small games of this. One on One is excellent strategy blended with a bit of luck. I play where you decide for your first replacement cube, then roll for the rest, preventing bad dice rolls from completely screwing up the game.
2003-02-13*
Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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9
May 2003*
Great game, but having the dice determine which paladins you get every turn often makes it impossible to pursue a directed strategy. The chance element is still needed to keep the game balanced, but we toned it down a bit by having players roll one less die, replacing the missing die with a free choice (as if it were an automatic crown)
2003-05-02*
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Eddie Campisano
United States
Norwood
Massachusetts
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9
Aug 2003*
An excellent game that has received some bad press from players who should know better! There's no end game problem; you just roll the color dice and deal with it! Beautiful components. A game requiring careful thought.
2003-08-02*
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D H
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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9
Nov 2003*
A nice abstract strategy game with a theme to make it seem less abstract.
2003-11-27*
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András Szabados
(Fue)
Hungary
Budakalász
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9
Apr 2004*
Very few games are as much fun with a low number of players (2 or 3) as this one. The dice add a substantial element of randomness, but a good player will always be able to adapt his/her strategy so as to make the most out of it, even if it means having to completely change plans. Highly addictive and super replay value. A game with a difference.
2004-04-19*
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Matthew Arrington
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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9
May 2004*
Excellent game! It has just enough uncertainty to add tension, with plenty of room for tactical play. A minor league brain-burner that's excellent with 2, 3, or 4 players. However, why is that box SO big?
2004-05-26*
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Jeno Szabo
Hungary
Budapest
Budapest
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9
Jun 2004*
another very good game from leo colovini. i tried it with four, three and two players, and all works pretty well. in this game you really have to plan ahead. and its nice pieces perfectly fit into the two bags attached to the game. thanks.
2004-06-10*
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Paul Gelder
United Kingdom
Leeds
West Yorkshire
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9
Aug 2004*
Played twice with 3 players & really enjoyed it. Gone straight on to my want list. Ok, the dice can let you down but it's the same for everyone. And when you start seeding other peoples regions with "your" knights I loved watching their thought process. Ejoyed the "If they don't realise & I get to go first" thought. :-)
2004-08-16*
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Larry Winckles
Hungary
Budapest
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9
Aug 2004*
Works exceptionally well as a 2-player game.
2004-08-24*
Sami Hangaslammi
Finland
Tampere
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9
Sep 2004*
Played three times so far. Seems to have a pretty big luck factor, but very addicting and fun nevertheless. Instantly became one of my favorite games.
2004-09-02*
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Becky Zamborsky
United States
Berea
Ohio
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9
Sep 2004*
Another abstract that has me hooked!
2004-09-29*
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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9
Oct 2004*
Wonderful bits, elegant design. Lots of back and forth, and it's always a nail-biter till the end. There can be big swings of who is the leader.
2012-09-06
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Matt Hearst
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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9
Dec 2004*
Somewhat abstract, but very well designed. Good amount of tactics and enough luck to keep it exciting without ruining it. I love it with 2 and 3 players, have not played with 4.
2004-12-09*
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Mike Doberenz
United States
Dallas
Texas
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9
Dec 2004*
I love this game. I can't get enough.
2004-12-23*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Feb 2005*
This is a very interesting game. Great mechanics, well balanced, scales well, and you can come from behind to win.
2005-02-25*
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Stefano Sorbara
Italy
Venaria Reale
(TO)
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9
Mar 2005*
Elegant mechanics, nice components, well-pasted theme (underline the "pasted" word, because in the end it's an abstract game), great strategies, fast to play, addictive (oh my delight, when my players say "One more before I leave!").
UPDATE: played again after 4 years, this time we were four and played in couples. Still a great abstract game, my pleasure is intact!
2009-08-26
Owned
Andrew Vecere
United States
Ronkonkoma
New York
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9
Jul 2005*
My wife loves this game.
2005-07-08*
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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9
Jul 2009*
An elegant and very compelling game of difficult decisions to be made in terms of 'paladin' placement to ones court or various territories or both. Tensions rise going into the end-game as color influences pass between players and territories merge. We prefer the 2-3 player games.
2005-10-30*
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Jay Manetz
United States
Howell
Michigan
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9
Nov 2005*
Can't wait to play. Although I haven't even opened it yet, it's a keeper (it's my type of game). Finally played this game and it's everything I thought it would be. The mechanics of this game are simple but there is lots of strategy involved. Excellent!
2005-11-23*
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Kendahl Johnson
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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9
Dec 2009*
Really like this game, and appreciate it a little more every time I play it. Easy to learn and play, with plenty of strategy and choices. Not sure about the four player partnership game, but this is a great three player games and a really, really good two player game. It's a real abstract though...just call the cubes "armies" when explaining as it makes things easier to comprehend for beginners.
2009-12-09
Owned
Ripkil
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Jun 2006*
Very well balanced and elegant. I've never seen a landslide in this game and I'd imagine that is a very rare situation. I like how there are two different paths to gaining power, and how power can shift many times throughout the game. Also, TONS OF WOODEN CUBES!!!
2006-06-10*
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Paul Goudeau
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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9
Dec 2005*
My very first game. Won it at a train game convention. Love to play it, will keep it around for many years.
2005-12-28*
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Jerry Haerle
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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9
Jan 2006*
Good strategy game. Well put together. We don't get around to playing this as often as I'd like.
2006-01-13*
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Ken Shogren
United States
Rochester
Michigan
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9
Apr 2006*
Great abstract influence game. A nice balance between board positioning and future influence. Plays very well with 3. [GTI Code: AGSD]
2006-04-05*
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