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Adam Deverell
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Mar 2012
Took five months to actually open and play the game, but have really, really enjoyed the games I've played. Always one on the go on ACTS. Two deck definitely the way to go. Perhaps not as dynamic as TS, but engrossing. Games have been close and I enjoy the intelligent theme and approach to a divisive conflict. In many ways it is a reactionary game, you spend your time starting fires (Jihadists) and putting them out (US) - can be particularly frustrating for the US.

As a solo game, it works but I find it a bit dull and repetative. Rated 5 for solo - although using the Python Programme was a good experience and cuts out the spreadsheet.

UPDATE: Keep on playing this, so need to give it a 10 while I'm enjoying it so much. Don't need to think too much. The go-to CDG at the moment.
2012-03-16
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MacGilleEathain
United States
Clinton
Washington
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10
Aug 2012
Excellent solitaire play!
2012-08-24
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Igor Sangulin
Croatia
Zagreb
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10
Dec 2012
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2014-11-06
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10
Nov 2010
Brilliant game. Like Twilight Struggle and Washington's War, it's the perfect mix of engaging theme, reasonable rules complexity, and tough decision-making. Love it...
2010-11-19
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Arturo Siles
Spain
Barcelona
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10
Jan 2011
Incredible game. Real simulation. Perfect Balance.
2011-01-17
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Terence Co
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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10
Jun 2010
Just played this at Monstercon, Excellent game, Very much evokes the war on Terror and the game and topic can be very controversial but it is done in not only a very playable way but also very much reflects reality in real world politics. Very well done.
2010-06-07
Tom Madden
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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10
Sep 2011
It is rare to find a game with excellent rules, excellent bits, rich theme, AND has a solo version that works beautifully. Add to that, this game is fun. I love it.
2011-09-12
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Jason Gavin
United States
Van Nuys
California
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10
Oct 2010
Playtested. Great game! Has all the challenges of Twilight Struggle, but asymmetrical, and enough new gameplay and mechanics to feel fresh. The theme and tension really resonates. I could see some folks getting irked by luck of the dice (this has many more important dice rolls than Twilight Struggle), but half the game is working around bad luck/rolls and events you cannot prevent. I think it tends to even out, based on sheer volume of rolls.
2010-10-27
Humulus Lupulus
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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10
Jun 2014
Such a fun game once you get past the learning curve (which for me is pretty big). This is about the most complexity in a game I want to endure, but it has been very rewarding. The different mechanics for each side's operations are delightful. Almost a different game when playing the other side. There's so much tension as the U.S. player in trying to keep WMDs out of the hands of the terrorists and when making that crucial War of Ideas die roll. The tension for the Jihadist player is in those Plot and Jihad rolls to try to ruin a country's governance. The various events work wonderfully, and really change the game depending on who draws them and when they turn up. "Martyrdom Operation" really causes some problems for the U.S.

Just the right amount of realism/abstract balance. Not too fiddly.

Some notable differences in how the game "feels" compared to Twilight Struggle (which it is unfairly compared to, IMO) are as follows. In L, it is much easier to play your hand of cards in such a way as to avoid triggering opponent's events than in TS. Many of the events have prerequisites that must be met, and oftentimes, they are not. So, the card can be played safely for Ops. In TS, it feels more act/react than in L. Of course, this also occurs at times in L, such as when terrorist cells move to the U.S. and the U.S. player needs to disrupt perhaps, or when the U.S. player foils plots. But, overall I feel less of the need to immediately react to the opponent's previous play--there are no scoring cards as in TS. Finally, a couple things about the card deck. First of all, there is only one set of cards in L. There are not three separate decks that get added sequentially as in TS. Also, the deck in L is much larger. So, even though you know that all cards are in the deck from the beginning of the game, you also know that once they are played, it won't be turning up again for a long time (Oil Price Spike does allow a player to take a card from the discard, however). It also seems that there are fewer events that are 'removed' when played, so the deck stays relatively thick throughout the game.

Rating based on 2-player game only.
2014-08-20
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David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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10
Dec 2010
I'm probably the only guy to play this game while actually participating in one of the simulated events--the "Regime Change" mission in Iraq.

Interestingly enough, while playing my first game, I didn't invade Iraq...

UPDATE: Holy shit, batman. Chuck Norris riding on a robotic T-Rex with Jesus as his copilot into an arena full of Hooters girls while simultaneously punching Osama bin Laden in the face and giving Mr. T a high five would not be cooler than this game.

This is the best two player game I've ever played, bar none.

It's thematic, tense, rewards both bold decision making and careful planning. Things that happened in the real world will happen in your game, and you won't even realize what you're doing until after it happened. Your decisions and the pressures you face will force you to act in a manner completely consistent with the actions of major world players, but yet the game itself never gets in the way or makes it feel like you had to make an action just because that's the way it happened.

What about the rules, you say? Well written, but really not that big a deal because the included player aids will let you play without using the rulebook. There's a lot of interconnected things in this game, but the beauty of the game is how simple it really is to play.

It teaches good COIN principles, even, for Chrissakes. An actual quote from the game, for instance: "And I was a dumbass, because I kept trying to fight your cells in the Sudan without affecting positive change--the War was never going to end." Yup, COIN principles in a nutshell.

Go get this game--I can't say it strongly enough.
2010-12-20
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Jacek Malinowski
Poland
Warszawa
Poland (Polska)
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10
Sep 2011
After 10+ plays I must say it's a BRILLIANT game.

Mechanically very different than Twilight Struggle. More complex rules too. But the overall feeling from playing is quite similar to the TS experience...
And that's GOOD.
Because - despite the dice - which can really hurt both sides (much more than in TS), the game is just FUN. Exactly like TS is.

EDIT: Replayability is GREAT. Every game is different and has its own focal points.

EDIT2: ALL '1's given to this game are based on the political ground. That only proves that the design itself is fabulous and if someone does not agree with the political perspective of the designer, one should not play the game and - above all - should not judge it!! Otherwise, it's a JERK behaviour.
2013-06-29
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Warren Davis
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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10
Jun 2011
The pieces are great. The system is great. The double card play is great. The original AI is great. Both sides have it hard. I love this game!
2011-07-21
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Joel Toppen
United States
Gallup
New Mexico
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10
Nov 2010
Disclaimer: I'm the game's developer.

That aside, Labyrinth gets my highest rating for a number of reason. The biggest reason is it is the most fun CDG experience I've had to date. Every game I've played felt packed with excitement and tension. I thoroughly enjoy the puzzle that each game presents to each side.
2010-11-27
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Ananda Gupta
United States
Columbia
MD
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10
Nov 2010
Rated after three plays. A tight, nuanced, clever design that captures an incredibly complex and long-term conflict. The role of dice in the game has a clear logic and makes perfect sense in the game's context. The entire gameplay model is built around a strong, well-articulated set of assumptions about its controversial subject matter. I think this is a home run.
2010-11-30
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Josiah Miller
United States
Arlington
Texas
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10
Oct 2011
This game blazed up my played games once I got independent on the rules. It truly feels like 2 games in one.
2011-10-06
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Larry Carter
United States
Dayton
Oregon
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10
Jan 2011
An absolutely superb asymmetrical CDG.
2011-01-16
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Mike Prentice
United States
Reno
Nevada
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10
Feb 2011
This is truly a great game in so many ways. The mechanics are incredibly elegant and work flawlessly.
2011-02-22
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Mateusz Kudelski
Poland
Pennsylvania
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10
Mar 2011
Great CDG. It is simple to learn and it is very deep. The playing card mechanics is just awesome. Must have!

Edit: Dice rolling can be irritating.
2012-06-01
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Chip Dickerson
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
May 2011
I wish I could give this game higher than a 10. I think it is better than Twilight Struggle (another 10 for me). I enjoy the asymmetrical game play, which makes playing the Jihadists feel like a different game from playing the United States. As an added bonus, the play 2 cards per impulse system makes it much easier to PBEM than Twilight Struggle. Highly recommended.
2011-05-22
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Alessandro Canevese
Italy
Venezia Chirignago
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10
Jan 2013
After several games at the shorter scenario (1 deck game) I have to admit of being really impressed by this game. The subject is thorny as the game speaks about facts and people of our days, the present time. Yet the rules manage to convey a picture that's completely respectful of the different parties involved (at least to my eyes).
What's more important to me is that playing the game I've accrued some insights on what's really going on (at least in the opinion of the game designer).

The aspect that I like most is that the game is asymmetrical: the two players have a different set of rules each (that integrate in a wonderful way…!). So, even if the rules are easy to read, trying to play well is really a challenge. In defining your own strategy (and also in devising how to act/react turn by turn) the knowledge of your part of the game mechanics is not enough: you have to clearly understand what could do the other side, and it bears a completely different logic of actions.

And it turns out to be balanced. Really impressive!
2013-01-16
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Sarinee Achavanuntakul
Thailand
Bangkok
Select a State
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10
Aug 2011
Simply brilliant card-based strategy game that pits the USA against Al Queda. It's thematic, so it's asymmetrical by design and each of the sides has its own very different objectives and ways to achieve them. While playing, you can't help but simulate real-world events without knowing. Awesome, awesome game :-)
2011-08-12
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Patryk Fechna
Germany
Berlin
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10
May 2011
Edit: After 6 months owning and playing still easy the best game I own. Solo is a thriller.

Excellent game that has a little flaw because of excessive dice rolling and the quite high factor of luck involved. But still a fascinating game that is a lot of fun, not too complicated (my first CDG AND non Euro-Game). Critisim about political bias and "accuracy" are ridiciolous IMHO, because ANY board game is. Im a student of history, and history is not "past reality" but the or a way, we perceive political developments. And labyrinth delivers a model of exactly that.

Edit: After few more plays the luck factor doesn´t seem to be as high as I thought. Sometimes it´s just stupid to make some rolls, so you can´t really be dissapointed if you do.... awesome game.
2011-10-07
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Marc Edmondson
United States
Missouri
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10
Jun 2011
Excellent, tense, intriging
2011-06-10
P. Fowler
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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10
May 2015
This is a fantastic game filled with intrigue and suspense. You could almost call this an asymmetrical Twilight Struggle!
2015-05-19
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Benjamin Acker
United States
Texas
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10
Jul 2011
Excellent 1 or 2 player game! One of the aspects that makes this game superior to Twilight Struggle is that it is very much more asymmetrical. One other nice aspect of this game is that it only takes 2-3 hours to play.
2011-07-24
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Bealeton
Virginia
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10
May 2013
Super fun game -- very chaotic, but a truly enjoyable experience, win or lose.
2011-08-11
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Perry Tatman
United Kingdom
Camberley
Surrey
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10
Nov 2011
Very enjoyable game as a solo player.
2011-11-26
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Spain
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10
Jul 2013
Un juego espectacular, en formato scope. Muy divertido.
2013-11-03
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Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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10
Nov 2011
An excellent, modern, shabby-chic, tense but fun game. Solitaire plays very well. With the death of Bin Laden the game can use a "what next" update. Have the mounted board 2011 edition.
2011-11-26
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Jin TS
Malaysia
Petaling Jaya
Selangor
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10
May 2012
What a unique game! It is a highly unpredictable game that relies on lots of dice rolls. The theme is intriguing, the game mechanics is smooth and challenging, bits and board quality is top notch, and the value of gaming experience is high. It is my new obsession in playing board games and it will take a while before i can focus on my other favorite games. It is not a game for people who dislikes lots of dice roll and prefer more control. Also it is not for those light gamer and definitely not for those who dislike to play as the terrorist. But if you purely look at it in game's perspective, it is an outstanding creation that gives you an unforgettable and exciting gaming experience.
2012-04-26
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Stephen Aslett

Houston
Texas
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10
Aug 2012
My favorite game of all time.
2012-12-02
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Jason Sartorial
Canada
Ontario
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10
Mar 2013
Solid impression after one game. Rules aren't difficult but learning how, what and which cards to play will only come with repeat play.
2013-03-29
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Complete & Sufficient Statistician
United States
North Potomac
Maryland
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10
Apr 2013
This is even better than Twilight Struggle (which is quite similar), in my opinion, and that's saying a lot (Twilight Struggle is one of the greatest board games ever). The rules were a bit intimidating for a non-wargamer such as myself, but it was worth it.

1-2 players. Excellent when played solo or with two.

If you haven't played Twilight Struggle, start there. It's easier to learn.
2014-01-17
Phil van Niekerk
United Kingdom
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10
Jul 2013
Very interesting simulation. Also a big nostalgia factor for me as I followed the events of the period very closely.
2013-07-25
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Olavi Lehtola
Finland
Oulu
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10
Apr 2014
So far I like this CDG the most. Asymmetric and very quick playing. The tension is not quite as high as with Twiligth Struggle.
2014-04-17
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Adam Garbett
United Kingdom
Walsall
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10
Feb 2015
Based on solitaire. Excellent game that clicks for me. Long-term and short term strategy required. AI system is easy to get used to and offers a challenge.
2015-02-26
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Joe G
United States
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Indiana
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10
Sep 2014
Outstanding!!! Puts players in role of GW Bush (or Gore) & O BinLaden. Card events push game, can sometimes wreck havoc on one's plans! For more military game try Decision:Iraq or A Distant Plain (theater command games).
2014-09-24
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Adam Le Drew
Canada
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10
Apr 2015
My current go-to solo and overall favorite board game! Interesting theme which is reflected in the gameplay, great component quality, clear concise rules and player aids, and a decent variable game length (I average about 1-3.5 hours for 1-3 deck runthroughs). With over 10 plays in 3 months, the experience has yet to be dull (and I have only been playing with the balanced default scenario!). Labyrinth is a must for any gamers' collection, with an expansion on the way which promises to add even more content!
2015-04-26
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Benny Bosmans
Belgium
Mechelen
Antwerp
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10
Jun 2015
My highest rated game and the only 10.

Starting my 4t play within a week. It has been a long time since a game grabbed me like this.

Oh and btw. This is very much a politcial WARGAME in all of its playing mechanics. No discussion about that. It is just an adapted version of present day world war conflicts and how it is politically and military handled.

I even think these kinds of NEW thematic games will further delve the graves of abstract Euro games for a LOT of people.

I even thought this game was made by a twisted mind ... until I saw the designer works as an analist for the CIA...

No wonder this all makes sense. Actually compared to those 300 other games in my collection it needs a rating of 10.5...

Also: the majority of typical "down voters" claim mostly politically incorrect elements as the reasons why they dislike the game. Certainly the 2010/2011 comments are a laugh these days (of the "good" intentions of the Jyhad and the "bad" West etc ...). If anything this game was boosted back up in 2014 by the recent (terrible) events. Some card text makes me even shrudder. Brilliant game.
2015-06-22
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Joe Bloggs
United States
California
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9.8
Jan 2011
This game is near perfect. I didn't think I could find a game that would take my attention away from Twilight Struggle, but this is it. Visually, technically, thematically, the game is perfect. The only criticism I have is that playing with the Solitaire card can be a little cumbersome and some cards need clearer language to avoid rules conflicts, but still a wonderful game that is what every game should aspire to be like.
2011-01-04
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Left Hand Reviews
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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9.6
Nov 2011
Great game but the only thing keeping it from a 10 is the frustratingly randomness inherit in the Jihadist actions.
2011-11-16
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John Smith
Germany
Hamburg
Hamburg
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9.6
Aug 2014
One of the best solitaire games out there!
2014-08-09
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Piero Feltrinelli
Italy
Roma
Rome
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9.6
Mar 2015
Deep strategy.
2015-03-18
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Charles F.
Germany
Berlin
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9.5
Sep 2010
[12/12/2009] Having played a couple of games, I have little doubt Labyrinth shall be the next CDG smash-hit and make it into the BGG Top5. It's on track to becoming my favourite CDG. Very accessible, juicy gameplay full of difficult trade-offs and a nuanced model of the "Global War on Terrorism".

The design really drives home some valuable geopolitical lessons and hence strikes me as most educational. I'm impressed how well the game's mechanisms are tailored to the subject at hand. The highly asymmetrical and multi-faceted nature of this conflict is done full justice.

[11/9/2010] The game has changed quite a bit since 2009. While I'd have done things differently in a number of respects, there's no doubt this is an instant classic.
2010-09-11
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Scott Hinze
United States
Fort Worth
Texas
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9.5
Mar 2013
Taught Matt @ Thanksgiving 2012 - three turns of back-to-back game-winning rolls between US-Jihadist-US late in the 2nd deck made it an exciting one... but still looooong when teaching strategy.
2012-11-26
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Wei Jen Seah
Singapore
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9.5
Nov 2010
2 solo half-sessions so far to get a feel for the rules, and already this is looking like a 10. 9.5 until I get in a 2-player game, but already one of my top solitaire games.
2010-11-29
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Dec 2010
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2011-07-26
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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9.5
Dec 2010
Cutting edge issues and events worked into a game about what will remain the greatest conflict of the next 100 years.
2010-12-08
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Calvo Calvo
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9.5
Jan 2014
Impresionante. Juego, para dos, con una estética similar a Twilight Struggle y mecánica de motor de cartas con puntos de operaciones y eventos, pero hasta ahí las similitudes.
Los bandos tienen objetivos muy diferentes, con operaciones contrapuestas.
No obstante, tanto el "ajedrez" que se genera como el "alma del tema" me generan un sensación de juego imprescindible y muchas ganas de rejugarlo.

Y, no puedo dejar de comentarlo: la tensión de controlar al bando yihaidista solo es comparable a comenzar a recibir correos electrónicos sobre el islamismo despues de hacer consultas a través de google sobre "war on terror" (verídico).
2011-01-20
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Stephen Slotten
United States
Saint Charles
Missouri
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9.5
Oct 2012
Really cool asymetrical gameplay. Plus it has a solitaire system which is a plus.
2014-01-21
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