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George Pletz
United States
Elizabethtown
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2004*
Enjoyable tile placement game with a solid puzzle element. Nicely textured with good play mechanics. I could see how some would complain about the solitaire feel of it but our group didn't mind it all. The nature of play lends itself to a casual style of play. To top it off, I like the game's look and the components are good if not incredible.After one play with four players, I looked foward to playing again. And then I played it again. And again. And looked forward to doing so again! Then I calmed down and realized this is a game I will always own and will always play given a chance.
2004-08-10*
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Nataline VF
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Jul 2008*
A classic. Of all the games I own, this is one of my earliest purchases that I am still always willing to play.
2008-07-04*
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Andrew Vecere
United States
Ronkonkoma
New York
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10
Jul 2005*
great game, a must have in any collection.
2005-07-08*
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June King
United States
Unspecified
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10
Sep 2005*
Wonderful game. I'm always a sucker for tile-laying games, and this one has many fun elements: resource management, auction, tile placing. Wonderful components and artwork. Update: this has now become my perennial fave.
2005-09-07*
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Eileen Duffy
United States
Boonton
New Jersey
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10
Oct 2005*
Love this. Love love love it. Doesn't mean I'm good at it....
2005-10-19*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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10
Nov 2005*
We loved this from the very first game. The rules are short, even with lots of examples and illustrations. However, there are always decisions to make. You have to balance between short-term points for set collection and long-term points for tile placement. You have to manage money carefully, as you always need to pay with the correct color of money, and if you pay with exact change you get another turn. We play 2-player, which uses a dummy player. The dummy is well thought out and unobtrusive to gameplay. Although we'd seen alot of pictures of the game, the artwork was much prettier than we expected. In short, this is a wonderful game.
2005-11-04*
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Greg Militello
United States
Buffalo
New York
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10
Feb 2011
Awesome... I LIKE it.
2006-01-03*
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Allen Vailliencourt
United States
Greer
South Carolina
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10
Feb 2008*
Can't believe it took me this long to get this game. Lots of agonizing choices. Great replayability. Fun with 2 or 6 people! Dirk is a beast in 2 player though...
2008-02-18*
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Alessandro Mongelli
United Kingdom
London
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10
Nov 2006*
One of my all-time favorites. I've played more than 300 games on BSW before if was removed and always enjoyed it with any number of players (yes! even with 6).
Deeper than it seems after the first play, it offers difficult choices at every turn without beeing too heavy.
2006-11-07*
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Curtis Mason
United States
Heyburn
Idaho
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10
Aug 2006*
The 10 is my wife's rating. I rate it an 8. This game she wants to play daily, even after owning it for over a year.
2006-08-06*
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Jose Luis Rodriguez Mena
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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10
May 2010
Great game. One of the best tile games. Easy to play, learn and explain. You have to make the longest wall (score points per wall tile) and build the Alhambra with a variety of tiles.
2006-11-27*
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Kathy Wilson
United States
Minnesota
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10
Nov 2006*
We really enjoy this one. Good for kids.
2006-11-29*
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Roy Colver
United States
Ephrata
Washington
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10
May 2008*
This game is underrated. The mechanics are easy and nicely balanced. The spacial aspect of building your Alhambra is challenging and fun, similar to Princes of Florence but even better in that aspect. Just all around a super game.
2008-05-12*
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Neal Ekengren
United States
Longwood
Florida
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10
Dec 2006*
Easy rules. Lots of strategy. Very little luck. Pay attention to the other players and what tiles they might need/play to win this game. Great intro game for nongamers.
2006-12-30*
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Jon Carper
United States
Gretna
Nebraska
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10
Jan 2014
With each expansion my rating goes up. We play this a lot.
2007-03-02*
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Pat OwlOrbs on the head.
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Rub the wizard! You should probably wash your hands.
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10
Aug 2011
Scales nicely from 2-4 people but is really awesome with 3 or more (sorry invisible Dirk). Solid game without any of the expansions but there are some excellent expansions. Upgrade in rating for the gold edition which adds the game board and brings back the tile names. The bigger size box is nice if you want to take some expansions with you on the go. In fact, I stowed away the inserts and boxes and put all 20 expansions in the main box. Some people may balk at the number and 'usefulness' of the expansions but in this case (unlike many over-expanded games) they can tweak the game in all the right ways and even make the 5 and 6 player games excellent.
2015-05-04
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Rich Hansen
United States
Elgin
Illinois
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10
Jun 2009*
Great game and works great with 2 people as well. Played over 100 times and still replayable. 10 rating based on 2-3 players. With more this would go down significantly.
2011-08-26
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Alfredo Lorente
United States
Minneapolis
MN
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10
Apr 2008*
The perfect combination of luck and strategy for a beginner's game -- but fun enough that a seasoned gamer won't be disappointed by the game, either.

Location: Living Room (Bookcase)
2008-04-24*
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Pierre Resnel
France
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10
Oct 2007*
you must have it
2007-10-17*
Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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10
Nov 2007*
The thing to love about this game is how it's based on the actual castle of Moorish kings. And you get to build the castle of your own, just like they did years ago. Plus money makes a difference and the walls as well. Just like in the original Alhambra standing in Granada region.

Very enjoyable game. I haven't tried the expansions yet, but I will. But something tells me, the game will be even better...
2009-03-31
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Vaughn Sandor
United States
Eastlake
Ohio
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The BBC series is far better than the excellent NBC one. Now go watch it.
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This is not me but I have been known to dance like David Brent on occasion.
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10
Jun 2008*
I've become more analytical lately with this game. This was one of the first Euros I played and enjoyed and it is still one of my favorites today.
2011-05-12
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Roy Thomson
United States
Weirton
West Virginia
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10
Feb 2009*
After reading the rules I decided that this game did not seem all that fun. After finally playing it (multiple times), this game is awesome!!! This is the wife's favorite game. She wins a lot! That might have something to do with it.
2012-03-04
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Dave Weeks
England
Sudbury
Suffolk
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10
Apr 2009*
A classic building game with money to draft in various currencies. Like 'Carcassonne', the many expansions allow you to tailor-make your favourite twist on the basic engine.
2011-03-03
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Am I having fun yet?
United States
Wisconsin
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10
Jun 2008*
This has become one of our favorites.
2008-06-10*
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Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
Jan 2009*
What stops this getting a 9 or 10 is the amount of luck involved with the money. A nice easy going game which is good for non gamers too. Have now regraded this because we play it so often it must be good!
2008-06-11*
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Howard Wagner
United States
Odenton
Maryland
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10
Aug 2009*
Alhambra is an absolute blast! I am not usually a big fan of lighter games, but for some reason, Alhambra is lots of fun. It is easy to teach and play, and yet there is definitely strategy involved. If you like building games, Alhambra is highly recommended. It is one of the few games my mother actually will play and enjoys. It is also a great two player game with the two player variant. . . . I've played almost all of the expansions (having got the Big Box) and they add a lot of fun and variety to the game. It has taken 89 games for me to burn out a little on this one. I'm going to let it sit for a few months and then bring it out again. A brilliant game.
2010-05-11
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Alessandro RedArrows
Italy
Rome
Italy
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10
Nov 2014
Ottimo titolo, mantiene sempre una buona dose di rigiocabilità, è semplice da insegnare anche ai "non-gamers" (alias "Babbani") grazie ad una meccanica di gioco assai semplice e divertente. Comunque c'è molta tattica nascosta dietro alla apparente semplicità del gioco, strategico da 2 a 4 giocatori, mentre in 5 o in 6 tende ad essere condizionato dalla fortuna. Bisogna sempre ponderare le proprie scelte e cercare di non sperperare quantità abnormi di denaro per costruzioni con troppe mura che poi non possano esser piazzate e così occorre tenere sott'occhio tutte le tessere che escono, razionalizzare i soldi, "affondare" con gli acquisti al momento giusto (non troppo presto), tenere d'occhio le mura... Tanti aspetti, ma tutti gestibili. La tensione rimane alta fino alla fine! Con giocatori esperti si finisce sempre con punteggi molto vicini. Ha dei materiali buoni da un punto di vista qualitativo e dell'impatto grafico… e poi è una gioia per gli occhi veder crescere "sapientemente" la propria Alhambra! Spiel des Jahres... 2003.
2015-03-30
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Marianna Ferreira-Aulu
Finland
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10
Sep 2008*
My all-times favourite game. Don't know why, but I simply love it. (04.06.11)
2011-06-04
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Yeah, that's me. Handsome devil, I know.
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10
Dec 2009*
I like the upgraded components. Makes the whole presentation much nicer.
2009-03-20
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Scott Myers
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Dec 2008*
tile placing game that doesn't fFeel like a tile placing game.
2008-12-26*
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Bruno Arvidsson
Sweden
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10
Jan 2009*
This is great! I love this game and most of its expansions.
It's a tilelaying game where you buy your tiles with lots of different currencies. It's quite easy to learn and it feels good to play all the way.
Definitely one of the best games ever and if you throw in some of the expansions it's getting even better. A must have for everyone!
2009-01-04*
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Matt
United Kingdom
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That's my perp! Futsie, all right - crazy as a coot! He's got to be stopped!
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10
Jan 2010*
Excellent tile laying game with an added financial element
2009-09-02
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Robyn Miller
United States
Bartlett
Tennessee
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10
Feb 2010
Big Box edition
2009-07-06
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Tom Anderson
United States
Waxahachie
Texas
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10
Nov 2009*
Big Box with all expansions; signed by Dirk Henn (designer)
2009-12-01
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Howie Dawson
United States
Grosse Pointe Woods
Michigan
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10
Jan 2010
Great game. Great fun. Gotta' build those walls.
2010-01-26
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Shona Shorten
Australia
Ballarat
Victoria
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10
May 2010
Fantastic game!!
2010-05-01
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dran pencil
Taiwan
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10
Jan 2011
it's like a game combined carcassonne and ticket to ride.
its gameplay time is a little bit long.
but still enjoy the game.
good for family members.
2011-11-06
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Eric Smith
United States
Philadelphia
PA
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10
Jul 2010
Alhambra is a wonderful game and it's my wife's favorite. It's a good gateway game too: fast, easy, colorful, with enough skill to make it interesting and enough luck so that beginners still have a chance. Highly recommended.
2010-07-03
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Trent Hopkins
United States
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10
Jul 2010
One of my favorite multiplayer games. I remember staying up into the wee hours of the night at my camp playing this with my cousin and dad. Great stuff.
2010-07-16
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Grant Shearer
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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10
Jul 2010
My wife beats me every time, but it's still fun.
2010-07-09
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Stephen Meyers
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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10
Dec 2013
just want the simple basic game

just got it in a trade 10/2010
2010-11-17
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Kristin Crane
Canada
Nova Scotia
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10
Jun 2011
A favorite of mine. It amazes me how competitive my group gets with this game, yet at the end of the game everyone is still in good spirits.
2011-06-12
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Caren Losiewicz
United States
Clinton Twp.
Michigan
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10
Jul 2011
Great even with only 2 players. Not to mention awesome instruction packets for those of you who are bi,tri,quad, or quinti-lingual....
2011-07-03
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Frank Stevens
United States
New Hampshire
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10
Dec 2011
Love tile games, and this is one of the best.
2011-12-07
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Chris Talmadge
United States
Clinton
CT
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10
Dec 2014
I learned how to play this at DEXCON 15 by entering a tournament. I got lucky and finished 2nd in the qualifier. Played a few times since. I love this game and the "city planning" tile placement can be VERY tricky.

Played with 2, 3, 4 and 5 players. Each was great, but I think maybe 4 was the sweetest spot.
2013-04-05
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Dwayne Wood
United States
Ozark
Missouri
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10
May 2012
Clearance at B&N.
2012-04-20
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jane Fidman
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Feb 2015
Tile laying mechanic really works here. I love this game! Many interesting choices, simple rules and pleasing artwork.
2012-10-21
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Jason Zinschlag
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Dec 2012
My favorite. Simple set-up and play with a subtle complexity to winning. Plays well as a two-player or more.
2012-09-14
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David Clasby
United Kingdom
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10
Nov 2012
This if pushed is my favourite game and I play heavy weight games but this is great with new players and experienced players. Simple rules, scales up really well, in fact even better with more. Lots of interaction and keeping an eye on others but also you are doing your own thing too, doesn't take to long to learn or play, fab.
2012-11-30
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Maciek Kolasa
Poland
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10
Dec 2012
SDJ 2003
2012-11-27
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