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Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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"... whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!" cried the Toad in ecstasy, running round and round the room, and jumping over the chairs.
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The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings ... of the purring of contented cats...
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9
May 2010
Good, solid, fun game! Although I usually prefer prefer Advanced rules to Basic rules, that's not true here. We enjoy the Basic Game (with the addition of the optional Event cards) more than the Advanced.

I own the expansion, but have yet to try it. As a thought experiment, the game should work superbly with three players, and probably very well with four. I'm doubtful about five players, to be honest - I suspect down-time might be an issue.
2010-05-01
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A Brave New Geek
United Kingdom
London
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9
Dec 2012
Da da dada dada da da da da........
2013-05-13
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William (Andy) Anderson
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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8.5
Aug 2010
Have the expansion also. Plays well with 4 or 5 players. Rules well written and the game is enjoyable. Cards are of very thin card stock but with some lamination they are just fine. I'm very glad it part of my game collection.
2010-08-01
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Kevin Payne
United States
Quincy
Illinois
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8
Feb 2010
My only real complaint at this point is that it's only 2-player or solitaire. I understand there will be an expansion that will qallow up to 4 players--the sooner the better.

Overall, quite playable. The rules seem a bit wordy for a game that purports to be a Euro.

A must if you are a circus fan. Less so for train gamers.
2010-02-02
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Jeff Grossman
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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8
Feb 2010
How could a game with clowns be evil? How could a game with clowns NOT be evil??? A wonderful little game of circus management.
2011-05-19
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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8
May 2011
I like. Love the theme and the gameplay. It's sort of a pick up and deliver but in the early game you are really looking to build yourself up in the spring/summer to rake in the big performances in the fall, which is where the points are. Scores are high and it remains to be seen (need a second play) if we avoid the runaway leader we had (I honestly expect we will). Sometimes it takes a first play to see that type of stuff.

Quick update. Played the scoring completely wrong. It's no wonder the scores were freakishly high. We played the rest of the game correctly and looking forward to playing again.

I can be old school and enjoy the look of the well designed chits in the game. Also had to play the Doors to get some kind of carnival music theme going.

Update: Raised to an 8. Played with the correct rules and the only thing I added from the expansion was the extra stuff to play with more than two. Went alot quicker and definately some different ways to go. I thought the game was better the second time I played.

Update: Finally got tabled again. Basic game with four. Man, a tight game. Some very interesting moves and will benefit with more play.
2014-01-20
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Charles Simon
United States
Ashley
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2010
Circus Train is a great game that is surprisingly brutal for what one might expect when they start a game with a Clown. The Advanced Game's rules are complicated a bit by the inclusion of the Basic rules (intended to make it easier), but ultimately it doesn't take much to get them to a fluid understanding. The game plays well enough as a solitaire game, but really shines with more players. That being said, the game does not play with more players unless the expansion kit is purchased. Despite the circus theme, the game really is a great, tight game that relies on strong strategic planning with a bit of luck that your opponents don't steal your shows or talent while hoping for a little bit of luck that the right show demand will pop up near your location. The production values of the game might not be the greatest, but it is fully functional and does not detract from the interesting game play and options. The game gives a lot of options and paths to victory, while at the same time gives plenty of opportunity to cripple an opponent's circus. It truly is a great game that needs to be picked up and reissued to clean it up a little bit, but also to include the expansion kit as one package. If you are going to purchase this game, make sure you also pick up the expansion kit to get the complete game.

Full review at: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/535538/
2010-06-18
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Frank Strauss
Germany
Berlin
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8
Jul 2010
There´s only one thing I didn´t like about this game................it´s to short !
2010-07-29
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Tom Ballou
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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8
Oct 2010
Fun to play and fairly fast. Hand management is really a trick, and decided what acts to try to collect.

You only have a small set of preform cards, getting all your cards in the right place at the right time is hard. If you get stuck in a corner of the map, it can be bad news if the performance demand shows up across the map. Also there is some weirdness in the track layouts, making some cities black holes of movement.
2010-10-03
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Paul Lister
United Kingdom
London
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8
Sep 2010
Oh my! Feels a little like Colosseum but much more fun
2010-09-30
Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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8
Mar 2013
I've only played solitaire.

And now a couple 2 player games. Solid game. I've always liked chit pull mechanisms. Looking forward to trying it with more players.

2012-11-09
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Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
May 2011
Solitaire variant.
2011-04-21
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Hilary Hartman
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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8
Mar 2011
Ranked as an 8 after one play only. Could go much higher. Great game with more theme than Big Bertha has weight!
2011-03-05
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Sarinee Achavanuntakul
Thailand
Bangkok
Select a State
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8
May 2011
Awesome game of circus management. Money is very tight in this one, so you have to try to plan carefully and hope that lots of people would want to come to your show in the fall near where you are. The theme is unique, it works, and it's a lot of fun solo (haven't played multiplayer yet).
2011-08-22
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Warren Smith
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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8
Jul 2011
This is such a great game. I really love the feeling when your 'renown' grows and grows as you get into the mid and end month performances. Scoring those big ticket shows feels good and makes me want to play again. That sense of reward is part of the excellent game design of CT.

Excellent for solitaire.
2011-09-01
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午餐先生
United States
San Mateo
California
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8
Jun 2011
Fun game! I like it a lot. The hand management and the need to balance the circus performers with finding enough performances is great. Very cleverly put together as far as theme and all the little things it needs to succeed.

Yes, the components are hand made. Since this is my first VPG title, I was a tad wary, however there is good quality here. The game is the thing and this has a great game inside an unassuming package. Plus, I think it lends to the charm.
2011-06-27
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Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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7.5
Jun 2011
One go at the solo game at the moment, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I did rather poorly, but still was not at the bottom score. Need to make sure I got all the solo rules correct. Also three player, and that was quite a cut-throat game.
2011-06-28
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Hayden Miles

California
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7.5
Jun 2013
new version looks sweet
2013-06-27
Chris Montgomery
United States
Joliet
Illinois
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The Coat of Arms of Clan Montgomery - Scotland. Yes, that's a woman with the head of a savage in her hand, and an anchor. No clue what it means, but it's cool.
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7.2
Sep 2014
Played two games of this at BGG Con 2013. Had a great time with the game, and love the deluxe treatment that VPG has given it with the puzzle piece board, the art work, and the whole flavor of the game.
2014-09-28
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Marc Frank
United States
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
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7
Mar 2010
One 2-player game with advanced rules and some rules mistakes during the game, and one solitaire basic game.

Can't decide between a 6 and a 7 on this one--I like the game, but there's quite a bit of upkeep, and it feels like the decisions-made-to-upkeep ratio is tilted a bit towards upkeep. Need to play a few more games to see if the upkeep feels less cumbersome over time.

Feels like a somewhat heavier version of Bombay.
2010-03-21
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Richard Pardoe
United States
San Ramon
California
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Nov 2010
Interesting game where one is running a train trying to gain income for shows performed and picking up available talent. If nothing else, made me delve a little bit into the history of circuses in America and how they used to be the big show if not the only show in town.
2010-11-27
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Chief EGG Head
United States
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7
Jul 2010
Played once so far 2 player game. Basically a pick up and deliver game. Interested in trying again soon. I think will play pretty quickly now that we have the rules down. First play took a little over an hour including going thru the rules.
2010-03-21
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Gerald Gan
Philippines
Quezon City
NCR
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7
Jul 2010
The game has a good feel to it, flows very well and plays quite fast. The circus theme is also adequately integrated. A good two-player game that I don't regret owning. The first VPG game I've played... definitely won't be the last.

Do I wish the components were better? Well, yes. Will better components mean better gameplay? Likely not.
2010-08-08
Todd Redden
United States
Manchester
Connecticut
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7
Jul 2010
Shellie taught Circus Train, what a great game. It's a train game with a Circus theme, really works well. Lots of choices and player interaction. Want to try the advanced level.

Finally tried the advanced level, and it has some problems. If you drop below the other players you have no options to attack their performs. I think I like the basic game better.
2011-06-18
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Joerg Schaefer
Germany
Frankfurt
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Mar 2012
(Two-player comment only) - Circus Train was ahead of its time by one year. It already presented the topic of putting on a show in 2010 which became the big thing in Essen 2011 with games such as Drum Roll which even featured a similar circus theme. Circus Train basically is a twist the pickup-and-deliver genre changing the delivery part to delivering a show with artists picked up before at different locations and implementing a solid economical challenge with the periodic need to pay wages for artists.
For a DTP-based small publisher like VPG it's a charming effort and minor flaws such as some fiddlyness in handling the components, the lack of player aids or a perceived lack of polish in regard to game balance (e.g. decisive performance markers popping up right for the turn of one player and not reachable for the other) are acceptable and compensated for by the thematic experience and the challenge of scraping together enough money to keep your circus crew in pay. It will be interesting to see if it has the staying power to succeed as a major release by GMT where it's currently on the P500.
2012-03-28
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