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Corey Butler
United States
Marshall
Minnesota
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Dec 2014
Played a few times now, and I really like it. A bit like Hearts but much more interesting. The implementation of theme is cool, comparable to The Bottle Imp. There is a fairly high luck (bad luck!) factor but I think skillful play matters more. The play is fast and fun.
2015-01-08
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R. N. Dominick
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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7
Jun 2011
Preordered from designer.
2010-03-17
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Hank Panethiere
United States
Festus
Missouri
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7
May 2010
Really like this game. Well integrated theme and some very unique mechanics. Recommended. Rating will likely go up with more plays.
2010-05-15
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Lucas Hedgren
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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7
Sep 2010
A clever twist on trick taking, with some room for maneuvering. Learning definitely occurred several hands in. Much better with 3 than with 4. Just more control.
2010-09-07
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Dave
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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7
Feb 2011
elusive strategy. very clever, fun trick taking game.
2011-02-13
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Chris R.
United States
Unspecified
Missouri
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6.787
Mar 2011
I couldn't get my mind wrapped around this one, but I think my rating my improve in future attempts.

It seems to work quite well with three players.
2011-03-06
Edwin Nealley
United States
Ardmore
Pennsylvania
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6.75
Jun 2012
The Crow & The Pitcher is an intriguing card game where players attempt to capture Water (Blue), without getting Stones or Pitchers (Black).

Each hand is played with a Pitcher card as a Point marker, Lead determines suit for the Trick, and if the total points of Lead suit cards with values less than the Pitcher's is also less than the Pitcher, low card of suit takes the trick and the Pitcher. Otherwise the high card of suit takes the Trick alone. If Black (Stones) are led then high card takes the Trick, but not the Pitcher.

Higher value cards are lower in Water value, but less likely to capture the Pitcher, Lower value cards are far more likely to capture Pitchers but have more Water to offset that.

It makes for an interesting game, which does reward those who remember cards already played somewhat, but it rewards good hand management more, and avoiding big negatives.

The theme matches the artwork and cards nicely.

On a 1st solo play for basic mechanics I am starting this at a 6.75. I like trick taking games with a twist, and this is a nicely designed one. With more plays this may go up from here; it's a card game with some merit.
2012-06-12
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That is not Depeche but rather
United States
Grandville
Michigan
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6
Jul 2010
I'm not entirely sure if it's a good game or merely okay. I need to play a few more hands to get a better handle on it.
2010-08-12
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Chris Darden
United States
Lake Saint Louis
Missouri
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6
Jul 2010
I like the theme and liked the art as well, but this was a fairly uninspired trick taking game that I think most people could do without. There's so many better games out there that do the same kind of thing.
2010-07-09
Young-Hyun Joo
South Korea
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6
Oct 2012
DIY. based on a story from Aesop's tales. thematic & nice trick taking game.
2011-06-08
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Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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Apr 2012
First impression is a bit jaded yet due to having only played one time with someone who never grasped how to play well. Concept is quite interesting; not sure if one really wants to lead too often unless you incentivize opponents by playing a low value, high point card. Odd twist to the game with the pitcher cards providing the goal to be reached in the color led (if the goal is not reached, the lowest card of the suit led gets all the cards and the pitcher card as well which is -5 points!). Game has some similarities to Hearts.
2012-04-13
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Juan Medina
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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Board games rule my life, and my wife's. That is a good thing, believe it or not ;)
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Nov 2014
Decent trick taking game, but not as intuitive as I would expect a trick taking game to be. Would play it but given the chance to play a trick taking game I would probably go for a different choice.
2014-11-09
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Kwang Il Kim
South Korea
Seoul
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Apr 2015
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2015-04-13
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Jason Koskey
United States
Kahului
Hawaii
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5
Mar 2014
Kickstarter
2014-03-18
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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3
Sep 2010
Somewhat like a more complicated version of Hearts. The theme didn't make any particular connection with me.
2010-09-06
sunday silence
United States
Maryland
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Oct 2014
convuluted and clunky, I give them credit for trying to make a playable 3 player card game. It's playable. Card games where every card has a pt. value different than it's rank just annoy me, isnt there a cleaner way to do this? Especially when with all the penalty pts and positive pts and the lack of control they mostly wind up cancelling each other, wish this could be more elegant. Turning over a pitcher card every trick is also clunky and having to work out the rules for the trick taking where kind of convuluted, although this would probably get better with more plays. Rating may go up with time, but it'd be hard to get me to play this again as the lack of elegant design will probably always hold this back.
2014-10-17
K S
United States
Roseville
Minnesota
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Feb 2014
Ok Trick taker just seems to fall flat with my group.
2014-02-20
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Claudine Finlay
United States
Herriman
Utah
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Jan 2015
I love trick-taking games, this game is just plain horrible.
2015-01-24
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Glenn Ironhat
United States
Syracuse
Utah
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I have played this game with the designer. This is a nice Trick taking game. There is a counter-intuitive twist to it because the best card may not win if the pitcher gets broken. Also, the lower "power" cards are worth more points.

Not every card is dealt as well, so you are not sure what value pitchers are left to play.

I have played several times and still don't quite have the hang of it. I still want to play it.
2010-02-06
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Alf Seegert
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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Beautiful artwork. Created by a talented designer. Looking forward to playing this!
2010-02-06
Steve Hughes
United States
Orlando
Florida
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The Crow and the Pitcher --

"The Crow & The Pitcher – Tricky Trick-Taking from Sean MacDonald" by W. Eric Martin • Mar 16, 2010, 02:00 AM
2014-01-02
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Mike Adams
United States
Brigham City
Utah
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New. Have not played yet, but since I like Bottle Imp it seemed like a no brainer to pick it up after seeing it.
2012-12-30
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Brett
United States
Santa Clara
CA
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Need to play by April 2012
2011-04-25
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A. Rich
United States
Beverly
Massachusetts
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unplayed
2013-02-02
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Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
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[5th Street Games 2012 edition] {Aesop; trick-taking; optimal 4p} Added it to my trick-taking games collection because it has an unusual theme.
2013-05-29
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