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TOKYO Heartbroken
England
York
North Yorkshire
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10
Jun 2002*
Excellent! Very sweet game and it looks absolutely fantastic when completed. Can be tricky if you don't draw temples and keep drawing volcanoes, but still excellent.
2002-06-03*
Owned
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David Zehder
United States
Rochester
Unspecified
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10
Jun 2002*
Wonderfull game. Good with 2 players.
2002-06-09*
Owned
Andy Hart
United Kingdom
Yelverton,
Devon
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10
Nov 2002*
Excellent game, both to play, and to look at. Good action point movement system, and a chance for some wicked opportunism. There's no room for polite play, as you do whatever is neccesary to discover and improve temples, unearth treasures, and do your damndest to pinch temples from the other players, who are all trying to do the same to you. Someones gonna end up shafted!
I went looking for this game after it had good reviews, and I wasn't dissapointed. It helps that I often win!
On the strength of this, I went looking for Mexica. With the possible exeption of 'Civilization' or 'Settlers of Nurembourg', THIS is the best game that I own.
2002-11-15*
Owned
Tony Barber
England
Aylesford
Kent
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10
Feb 2009*
Just a great game
2003-04-05*
Owned
Frank Wirsch
United States
Oak Hill
Virginia
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10
Apr 2003*
My 10 and 11 year olds LOVE this game. They rank it #1 and I agree with them!
2003-04-06*
Owned
Arthur Field
United States
Greer
South Carolina
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10
Aug 2004*
One of the best games made.
2004-08-10*
Owned
Neo Alirezaei
Germany
Aachen
Unspecified
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10
Dec 2004*
very good game!
2004-12-09*
Owned
Steve Wilson
United States
Aberdeen
South Dakota
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10
Jan 2005*
Yes, we played for a long time, but it sure didn't feel like it. There was some downtime, of course, but with all the planning/strategizing/rethinking after another players turn, it wasn't noticable to me. I love this game!
2005-01-27*
Owned
Paul Jordan
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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10
Jun 2006*
A game that I always enjoy coming back to. The advanced game should be played over the basic. Only a few changes, but make the game more strategic.
2006-06-13*
Owned
D Enevoldsen
United States
Unspecified
Illinois
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10
Feb 2005*
I love this game. You neve know who has truly won until the end.
2005-02-26*
Owned
Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
Mar 2005*
Looks good and plays good. Gamers and non gamers can play.
2005-03-10*
Owned
Randy Schmucker
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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10
Mar 2005*
The artwork is gorgeous and the game play is excellent. Always more to do then the action points that you have.
2005-03-31*
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Garrett Herdter
United States
Strasburg
Pennsylvania
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10
Jun 2005*
This is a great strategy game. I love the point system that you spend to play. It is well thought out and I highly recommend it.
2005-06-08*
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Giorgio Gandolfi
Italy
Modena
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10
Feb 2009*
Beautiful game, a MUST!!!!!!
2008-04-01*
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Jeremy Carlson
United States
Wheaton
Illinois
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10
Aug 2006*
I love action point games. I've been playing this a lot online, and this game amazes me everytime. Brilliant and beautiful to look at. Had to up my rating of it to a 10.
2006-08-17*
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Mark Rollings
United Kingdom
Peterborough
Cambs
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10
Sep 2005*
Absolutely love this game. Probably my second favourite after Ticket To Ride
2005-09-21*
Owned
C C
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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10
Sep 2005*
I really enjoy playing this game and I love the theme. I have only managed to play 2 player games so far though. 22 Sep 05
2005-09-22*
Owned
Vitas Povilaitis
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2005*
A tile-laying exploration game. I find I get into its theme. It makes a nice pattern when the game ends. I don't think the auction variant would be as fun thematically.
2005-10-22*
Owned
Noah Antwiler
United States
Oswego
Illinois
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10
Nov 2005*
Great game with a surprising amount of depth and strategy, and relatively small "luck factor." There are a lot of ways you can play this game, and the auction rules are really the best way to start.
2005-11-19*
Owned
Mario T. Lanza
United States
Camp Hill
Pennsylvania
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10
Dec 2005*
A masterpiece. (Auction version)
2013-11-30
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David Pettit
United States
Dallas
Oregon
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10
Jan 2006*
This one is very fun. Lots to do on a turn.
2006-01-04*
Owned
Zach Drapala
United States
Temecula
California
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10
Jan 2006*
Love it. Love how the board builds itself....one person doesn't seem to pull ahead clearly like in Puerto Rico!
2006-01-08*
Owned
Ed Ostermeyer
United States
Johnson City
Tennessee
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10
Sep 2007*
Great game on an obscure, but interesting subject. Loads of different strategies, coupled with a totally changeable gameboard means loads of fun and a different game every time. Plus, it's a heckuva great piece of eye candy in the bargain! A keeper

2012-02-17
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Romain Jacques
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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10
Mar 2006*
As far as I know the best game of the Kramer & Keisling duo.
2006-03-16*
Owned
koen verstraete
Belgium
ruddervoorde
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10
Mar 2006*
This is a top game. Unbelievable exciting, always thrilling (The last counting starts with the last player, good idea). I must commit I'm always play the Profi-version with the bidding. This game has to be in your collection.
2006-03-20*
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Esa Hanka
Finland
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10
Oct 2006*
My dream game. Action points system is great! And theme. And graphics. And gameplay. Etc etc etc...
2006-10-21*
Owned
Dave Lartigue
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2008*
I love this game. The look, the theme, the gameplay, it all just clicks for me. 10 action points per turn seems overly generous until you realize that it's still not enough to acheive your goals. I also like how you can use others to acheive your own goals.
2008-01-30*
Owned
Stephen Meyers
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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10
Nov 2012
1999 Rio Grande/Ravensburger
2007-11-09*
Owned
Dirk Liekens
Belgium
hechtel
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10
Jun 2006*
Finally got a copy of my own. Perfect mix of a family game and a strategy game.
2006-06-08*
Owned
Amy Wiles
United States
Macon
Georgia
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10
Jul 2006*
Cannot play this game enough. Simple yet elegant. Perhaps slightly inflated rating because it was one of the first Euros we owned. I love action point games.
2006-07-30*
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Renato Tavares
Brazil
Goiânia
Goiás
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10
Nov 2006*
Good for newcomers and gamers. Shines with four people. Try it at www.spielbyweb.com
2006-11-15*
Owned
Matt Muller
United States
Holland
Michigan
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10
Nov 2006*
Auction variant is definitely the way to play this game.
2006-11-26*
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Mark Slater
United Kingdom
Newport
Newport, South Wales
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10
Feb 2007*
I think this has to be my current favorite game, though not played as often as I would like. Even the random option for tile draws doesnt make it overly random so that a bad tile messes up your plans.
2007-02-15*
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Ken Dobyns
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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10
Jan 2007*
We love this game. It has a wonderful balance between luck and strategy. The area control mechanism is fun and challenging - using the tablets between tiles to help "fend off" competitors so that you can guard palaces with the fewest men. At times the treasure seems like the key to the game - get the most and you will win - but as soon as you try to rely on that, someone will win handily without much treasure. Tikal plays great with two, three, or four players. WIth two it is more controlled, as you can better understand your opponent's strategy. With four it is more chaotic, as you have folks coming at you from all directions. Overall, we enjoy the game more every time we play it. At least for the time being, we think it is one of the best.
2007-01-04*
Owned
Markku Jaatinen
Finland
Jyväskylä
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10
Jan 2007*
With fast playing gamers this one is just so enjoyable ..
2007-01-08*
Owned
Cody Laux
United States
Sparks
Nevada
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10
Jun 2012
So many tough decisions, no clear best path on any turn.
2007-02-07*
Owned
Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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10
Oct 2013
Excellent exploration game with an interesting mix of action points, tile placement, area majority, and auction mechanisms. Should definitely be played with the auction of the tiles to eliminate the element of luck. Going last in the basic version is very though!
2007-07-15*
Owned
joe ernst
United States
new milford
Connecticut
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10
Jul 2007*
This game has strategy and surprise without being overly technical and needed lots of pieces to keep track of. It's great for a father and his boys ages 11 to hi teens. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for more than just a game of risk or the typical games on the market.
2007-07-09*
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John
United States
Bluffton
South Carolina
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10
Dec 2007*
One of my first German games. Still a favorite.
2010-01-12
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Squeeker
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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10
Jul 2008*
Fantastic medium weight abstract/euro. The components are ascetically extremely appealing. The game can be a little dependent on the luck factor with 2-player games. **My copy of this game didn't have the directions and so when I finally got the directions I found out I had been playing this game incorrectly. These are the 3 differences : When a volcano tile is drawn each player scores. Without the before and after actions. The 2nd difference was unlimited temple guards. 3rd we didn't take explorers out of the game if on the same tile when a temple guard was being placed.** Now that I have the directions I still play the way I used to without the rules listed above.
2008-04-27*
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Karin
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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10
Oct 2007*
Great game, beautiful gameboard that gets prettier as the game moves on. You really get the feeling of 'exploring' and finding treasures on your way. I'd play this any time.
2007-10-19*
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Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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Nov 2007*
If you're playing Tikal, you're playing Kramer game. And if you playing Kramer game, you don't have enough time or resources or whatever to do what you want to do and you have to make choices, hard choices sometimes. The anxiety attacks set in. I don't like these kind of games, when you can't do everything you want to do, yet you must do something. That's why I love these kind of games.

So I'm going to call these games a "Kramer", because just like in life you can't have your cake and eat it too. And that's why these games are so good.

This one to boot has amazingly appealing graphics that makes you feel like you're actually exploring the jungle by opening it up parcel by parcel. Very well done. Love it. And you will too.
2009-03-31
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Cast Ll'tor
Canada
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10
Sep 2008*
One of my favourite current games. I carry this with me to every gaming session.
2007-11-19*
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Jake
United States
Brew City
Wisconsin
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10
Dec 2007*
Best Board game ever. My opinion of course.
2007-12-02*
Owned
Play Games - Interact - Have Fun!
United States
California
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10
Feb 2013
2005 Comments:

I remember back in 1999 when Rio Grande Games was still a small fish in a big pond of game manufacturers'. Jay had had a few well recieved games in the previous 2 years with the likes of Samurai, Bohnanza, Kahuna, Mississippi Queen, Canyon and Lowenherz (which are all very good), but in 1999 his list of published games tripled and Rio Grande started to earn the stellar reputation he now has in the gaming world. In those days, you could buy just about ANY RG game and know that you were going to have a good time. Tikal was definately one of those games.

I was very fortunate to hear that Jay was going to be at Match Play in Mountain View during the weekly Wednesday nite game session and I had already heard a little about Tikal at that time on rec.games.board (BGG was not even around at this time). I went to game night and was thrilled to meet Jay and I got to talk with him at length about his games and even bent his ear about my own game I was designing at the time (and still am!).

When it was time to play, I mentioned that I really was interested in trying Tikal and Jay obliged and pulled out his brand spanking new copy of it. He went through the rules in a few minutes and got us up and running as he watched the first few turns to make sure we were ok before teaching another game to the next group.

Tikal was amazing. I had never seen anything like it. The board and artwork were simply stunning, even to this day I would be hard pressed to mention another game with such beautiful components. What really impressed me however, is how involved the game was. EVERY turn was agonizing as you dont have enough action points to do everything that you want to do. There is a brilliant balance of methods to earn victory points and the scoring rounds themselves were unique in that all players took a turn "during" another players turn.

Jay came up at one point when one of the guys was taking a long time to take a move and simply said "This is a fast paced German game". We had no more problems after that and I've used that line every time I've taught the game and our group doesnt suffer from the curse of Analysis Paralysis like others seem to have with Tikal.

The other thing that I love about this is the THEME which is elegantly woven into the gameplay. You really feel like you are Indianna Jones and you are searching for the Ark of the Covenant. I can't see this game using any other setting and still being as big of a success as it is. I will never turn down a game of Tikal.

... Abstract ...__________[]...Themed .....
......... Luck ..._________[]_... Skill ...........
...... Simple ..._______[]___... Complex ...
.. Strategic ..._______[]___... Tactical ....
.... Friendly ..._______[]___... Cutthroat ..
....... Fiddly ...__________[]... Elegant .....

Graphics: 10
Packaging: 10
Components: 10
Rules: 10
Fun Factor: 10

Read my review at:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/19629

OVERALL RATING: 10
Rating Date: 11/19/2005
Rating History/Dates N/A

2004 Comments:

This was the 1st game I played that used action points and I immediately fell in love with the intense gameplay and multitude of options each turn that the game provides. It always seems that I never have enough action points for what I want or need to do - a sign of great game design. This one has beautiful graphics and the theme is integrated into the game nicely.
2008-02-18*
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Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
South Carolina
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10
Feb 2008*
Beautiful game with more theme than most Euros. The only real negative is the potential for Analysis Paralysis. My favorite of the trilogy.

2009-06-28
Owned
Tim Pelletier
United States
Auburn
New Hampshire
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10
Apr 2008*
Great game with a great theme!
2008-04-21*
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sekke
Belgium
Brakel
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10
Jan 2009*
Fantastic!
Can't wait to get my hands on Java and Mexica.
2009-09-24
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Ryan Maesen
United States
Pacifica
California
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10
Jan 2009*
This one has been climbing my charts. The more I play it, the more I love it! I love the detail in the artwork, the ever-changing board and the use of action points makes this game different every time. I love playing online when I can't find anyone to play with face to face.
2008-07-06*
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Roxy Steven
Canada
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Mar 2009*
*Insert Indiana Jones music here*
2008-11-12*
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