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Becca Disney
United States
California
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10
Jan 2010
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Shellie Rose
United States
Vernon
Connecticut
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10
Sep 2010
Owned
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Robin
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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10
Oct 2012
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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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Steve Leach
United States
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9
Jun 2010
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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9
Aug 2010
Owned
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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Blaise Sciurba
United States
Richland
Washington
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8.5
Feb 2010
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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pablo marmol
Spain
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8.25
Mar 2013
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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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Paul Fonstad
United States
Dalton
Georgia
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8
Jun 2010
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Charles Veilleux
Canada
Levis
Quebec
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8
Sep 2010
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Michael Jean
Canada
Québec City
Québec
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8
Sep 2010
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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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Rub the wizard! You should probably wash your hands.
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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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My hands are small, I know, but they're not yours, they are my own
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8
May 2011
Solitaire variant.
2011-04-21
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South Africa
Cape Town
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8
Mar 2011
Hilary Hartman
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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Just your friendly, neighborhood game player and superhero!
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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
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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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