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Zach Kessler
United States
ithaca
New York
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9.05
Jan 2011
Supporting Anthony Rubbo by buying this. Even still, top-notch
2011-05-12
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Erik Arneson
United States
Lebanon
Pennsylvania
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9
Jan 2011
Very clever mechanics in this card game.
2010-08-17
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Mik Svellov
Denmark
Copenhagen N
EU
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9
Oct 2010
Interesting card game with poker chips dishes and lots of interaction! Highly recommended!
2010-04-21
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Brian MacDonald
United States
Downingtown
Pennsylvania
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9
Mar 2011
Fast, fun filler with more depth than is immediately obvious.
2011-03-07
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Jay Treat
United States
King of Prussia
Pennsylvania
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9
Oct 2011
This is a clever and fun game best with partners.
2011-10-21
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Todd Geller
United States
Agoura Hills
California
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8.96
Oct 2012
Very Good filler. You gotta think ahead and figure out what to remove. The concept is there. I felt the rule book was a bit unclear. However I watch the video here on BGG which answered some questions I had otherwise pretty straightforward. Bump in rating there is alot more than meets the eye a really good game. Fun for the whole family. There is some luck to the draw. So it may turn some people off.


2012-08-14
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J. Riddell
United States
Webster
New York
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8.5
Feb 2011
So far, so fun. I really like this one. We played with three teams of two, one deck, and eight chips apiece. It worked well. The only adjustment is that teams had to share a single set of bellboys which added a little extra with people trying to read whether their partner played a white card to use themselves in the future or to help set up their partner.
2011-02-06
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Trond Braut
Norway
Stavanger
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8.5
Jul 2011
A really good card game!
2011-07-09
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Kevin Cachia
United States
Springfield
Pennsylvania
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8
Dec 2012
I can't wait to see this in print!
2010-02-18
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Joe Casadonte
United States
Media
Pennsylvania
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The compass always points to Terrapin.
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8
Dec 2010
Played prototype about 10 months ago; one of the best new-to-me games of the 2009 Gathering. Can't wait to see this one in print!
2010-02-19
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Lucas Hedgren
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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8
May 2010
Disclaimer: Anthony is a friend.
Played one partnership game, and really liked it. I think partners is where the game is at. I went with the strategy of making a delivery anytime it was even worth one more chip than the opponents. It was really close at the end, and we pulled it off. The super-elegant and efficient use of cards is to be admired, and Ill be picking up a copy when it comes out.

Edit: Played some more, and I really like the partnership game.
2011-04-29
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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8
Nov 2010
{multiple plays • all 4-player partnership} Very fun... and still fun after many plays. I'm a sucker for partnership games, but even without that predisposition, I'd prolly like this one. There are just enough decisions to feel like you're playing, and just enough luck to not feel (too) bad if you lose. Plus, the whole idea of trying to get rid of your chips is neat - it feels new, even though it's really just a "race" to end. The best thing is that the partnership aspect is really solid (as opposed to feeling like an afterthought), and you are often confronted on your turn with choosing between something that would be good for you, something that would hurt your opponents, *or* something that might not be good for you but would set up your partner. Having to get a sense of what your partner might want/need you to is really great... and then, even if you can figure that out and decide that it might be your best move, you still have to have the cards for it. Very much like Dog, actually. But much faster and a bit lighter.
2010-11-11
Andrew Snyder
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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8
Jan 2011
meaningful choices, a fair amount of luck, a change to try to stop the leader, and a good length. needs tea.
2011-01-27
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Lee Fisher
United States
Downingtown
PA
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8
Feb 2013
Fun to play anytime. Best with partners. You can actually do actions to help your partners or hinder your opponents, which is very nice. Even when you get behind you can work together to at least keep it competitive.

Don't underestimate your busboys and there are strategic decisions in which colors you want to play.

Also don't be afraid to discard and redraw if your cards are not working out.
2011-01-02
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Thanaroj Vanasrisawasd
Thailand
Bangkok
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8
Feb 2011
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2011-01-09
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Eric Paquet
Canada
Thetford Mines
Québec
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8
Aug 2011
Don't be fooled by people saying that it doesn't play well with two. My wife and I really had a good time everytime we played it together.

Don't be fooled by the low ratings here on BGG. This game has got clever and unique mechanics

Okay, the poker chips could have been of better quality, but it doesn't make the game less fun to play.

At that price, it's one of the best game I've bought.

Congratulations Anthony Rubbo, I'm eager to see what your next game will be like.

By the way, this is the video that convinced me to buy the game :
http://boardgamegeek.com/video/3773/hey-waiter/hey-waiter-de...
2011-08-01
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Blake Crawford
United States
Richardson
Texas
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8
Jan 2012
Really slick partnership game.
2012-01-08
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Mark Lockett
United Kingdom
Fishponds, Bristol
Bristol
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8
Aug 2013
Absolutely love this little game. With you partner your trying to deliver all your dishes and hamper the opposing team as much as possible. It's quick and has a lovely bit of screwage throughout. 12 Plays.
2015-02-01
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Jonathan Franklin
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7.5
Apr 2011
Fun partnership game. Sometimes frustrating when you cannot get the card you want. I wish there were more ways you could sacrifice helping yourself to be able to help your partner.
2011-04-24
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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7.5
May 2011
Only played it with two players so far. Rating might go up if I have a chance to try it with three or four. Plays fast (15-20 minutes with two players). Decent Ärgerfaktor.
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Update: As expected, this is WAY more fun with four players. Decent teamplay, lot's of "take that!". Rating went up to 7.5 (6.5 with two players).
2011-05-21
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James Barnes
United States
Spartanburg
South Carolina
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7.5
Mar 2011
Excellent! This is a nice medium light filler, with a fresh new card mechanic. Combining 2 cards together creates different and strategic options. Splitting your stacks, all-serve, and using your busboy all provide you with a variety of play options...and it's fun! The components are great...from the nice card quality, stacks of food chips, and food covers.

My wife and I created a solo play variant which is quite enjoyable...see at this link:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/633784/solo-player-varia...
2011-03-24
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Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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7
Apr 2010
Cool card game; took a while to understand the rules -- they're a bit unusual -- but really it's not so difficult. The game moves along nicely once you've figured it out.

Each player gets 6 cards in hand, plus 1 card face down ("waiter"); divide "plates" (colored poker chips) randomly and evenly amongst players, each placing them onto their waiter. On your turn, play 2 cards using the right side of one to select the action (red = place stop a colored pawn on someone's stack; blue = split stack just below a colored chip; white = move colored busboy; green = discard top plates, all stacks, of a color), and the left side of the other to specify the color on which the action is occurring. If you split a stack, place one of your cards face down (= new waiter), pick one of your stacks, and split it just below a chip of the specified color; move top chips to new waiter. Your turn ends by drawing 2 cards. There is a bit more -- something to mitigate having someone play a busboy on top of your stack -- but that's the gist of it. The first player to get rid of all their chips wins.

You can also play it with partners: a more strategic game, but for me a bit too long; based on 1 play each with/without partners, I prefer the quick solo game.
2011-10-03
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Juuso Mattila
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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7
Oct 2010
There probably should be more variation on cards as now the situation is often such that there is a maximum of one good combination of cards to play on your turn. A nice mechanic though and the game is probably much better with more than two players. Partnership game could be interesting.
2010-10-24
Mikko Karvonen
Finland
Tampere
Tampere
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7
Nov 2010
After you figure out the rules, you get a fun, original, quick card game. It's not perfect, as it's bit chaotic and the end game of placing and dodging lids while setting up your busboys can get bit silly, but original gameplay, nice theme and quick playing time make it one that I'd definitely enjoy playing in the future as well.
2010-11-14
John Mitchell
United Kingdom
Enfield
Middlesex
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7
Oct 2010
Played twice at Essen 2010, once two-player, once four-player team rules. Both games ended on a knife-edge: there seems no equivalent of calling Tichu here. Fun, with an interesting mechanism.
2010-10-27
Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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7
Oct 2010
Funny game, even with some tactics. Though not for serious play.
2010-10-28
Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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7
Nov 2010
Clever card design lifts what work otherwise fairly straightforward card game. Not quite sure why you can't play straight 3p or 4p; I'm sure that will become clear as we explore further.
2010-11-27
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Your Friendly Neighborhood Hairfarmer
United States
Edmonds
Washington
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7
Jun 2011
Great game for the price! Best with teams. The random draw get you every now and then, but a fun game none the less.
2011-06-12
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Andrew
United States
San Francisco
California
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7
Sep 2012
The direct attacks are surprisingly important, but the game is about positive interaction and incentive manipulation. There's a surprising amount of depth in there, though I think the variety is limited.

The poker chips are a bit embarrassing, but the fact that 4p uses partnerships indicates the game's solidity.
2010-11-21
Ian Wright
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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7
Nov 2010
Clever card game with an interesting mix between helping others and screwing them. The partnership game would probably be better. Suffers a bit from a lack of variety.
2010-11-22
Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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7
Dec 2010
A fast playing filler where you're trying to be the first to get rid of your 12 chips. Chips come in 4 different colours, same as the cards, and you start with the chips all in one stack. Each of the 4 card colours are not only associated with the chip colours, but indicate a different type of action you can do, so you play them in pairs - the first one indicates which action you're taking (eg split your stack, remove a chip, move a blocker, etc) and the second indicates (usually) which colour chip you want to action. So turns are easy and quick ... play a pair, do the action, refill your hand. Despite only having 5 or so cards in your hand (it changes depending on how many stacks you have) there's nearly always something useful you can do. The stack split function allows you to do multichip one turn discards to get a step ahead, and this function provides some scope for clever play using the cards you have to best advantage rather than just straight-forwardly trying to remove each chip in turn from top to bottom, where the colour cards you need next may not have magically appeared in your hand. There's some blocking on leaders you can do which can drag out the end game unfortunately, but otherwise it works fine for the 20-30 minute niche.
2010-12-16
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Kosit Phanthanusorn
United States
Simi Valley
California
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7
Jun 2011
Won in BGG contest!
2011-03-02
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Jonathan Kift
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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7
Jan 2011
I won this in a contest, but it's actually a pretty neat little game. The mechanics are unlike anything I've come across before. The card play is a bit opaque at first, but it's actually surprisingly thematic once you get into it.
UPDATE (July '11): I've played it 4-player partnership, as I believe it was designed to be played, and it definitely was my best experience of the game so far. If you're on the fence about this one, try it this way!
2011-07-25
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Duncan Gibson
Lesotho
Maseru
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7
Jan 2011
Quick and entertaining, but way better as a partnership game with 4 players than with only 3. I like the hand and stack management aspect of this game where you can split stacks to provide more options on the table, but then you have fewer cards in hand to do stuff. This, combined with needing two cards (action + colour) to do anything, allows for some tricky plays and good planning.
2011-01-26
David Gatheral
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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7
Mar 2011
Nice partnership game.
2011-05-16
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Rick Stonebraker
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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7
Jul 2011
The game is good with four. Partners is the way to go.
2011-07-04
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Marco Marandola
Canada
Mirabel
Quebec
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7
Aug 2011
Bought On http://Germangames.com on June 30 2011 For 14.95$
2011-06-30
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Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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Jul 2012
Fun! Clever! Simple gameplay is slightly clunky until you get used to it, and then the games become quick. Game endings come in very close. This game is good with kids and adults, nongamers and gamers. Don't play this with just 2 players.

The rulebook examples answer many questions about the rules. The cards are quality, and the graphics are cartoonish. The meal covers are clever and thematic.

The coarse dishes on poker chips have a good feel yet can be clunky especially during setup, but I think it's forgivable. The player help cards are cryptic and confusing. And thematically, blueberry pie nor soup doesn't do well with pizza.

Though I enjoy playing, this isn't a game I crave. Perhaps a reprint which can bring the graphics and pieces together with tighter coherency and style might sway me. This good game could be better.
2012-07-22
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Guido Van Horn
United States
Othello
Washington
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7
Nov 2011
I thought this was an interesting game. The poker chip stacks and their manipulation to create beneficial plays was interesting. I would play it again.
2012-12-28
Juan Medina
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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7
Nov 2013
Rulebook is a bit of an issue for a really simple game. Pick actions that allow you to server quicker. Try and mooch off others. The cards drawn dictate a lot of what you can do, but with the average hand size there seems to always be something decent to perform.
2013-11-16
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JC
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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7
Jun 2013
Cute and quite a good short game
2013-06-24
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Hoyle A
United States
fiskdale
Massachusetts
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6.8
Jun 2011
first play: Cute light filler game. clever. enjoyed it and would play again
2011-06-27
Melissa
Australia
Parkville
Vic
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6.5
Jun 2012
Nice light little filler that can be played partnership-style. Had wishlisted after Essen 2010; finally tried (and bought) at Bordercon in June 2012 - at the Bigster's insistence. This will eventually make a nice family game but I think the food covers might be a bit too directly confrontational for Otto.
2012-06-11
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Simon Neale
United Kingdom
Suffolk
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6.5
Oct 2010
A reasonably quick, light filler that should appeal to family gamers.
2010-10-24
Sarinee Achavanuntakul
Thailand
Bangkok
Select a State
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6.5
Aug 2011
Fun little game about waiting tables. Has more than meets the eye, but after playing a few turns it feels repetitive for some reason. I'd play it if someone wants to, but wouldn't suggest it. The novelty wears off pretty quickly for me.
2011-08-11
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James Fehr
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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6.5
Sep 2011
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A cute, tactical and somewhat unique game where players are racing to serve all of their 12 dishes before anyone else. It's light, but it offers some meaningful decisions, and plays very well as a team game with 4 players. The dish components are just poker chips with stickers on them, but they're actually pretty cool.
2011-09-06
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amurobo
Canada
Markham
ON
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6.5
Feb 2012
*2-4 Players

The game looks great, plays fine.

One thing I didn't like "so far" is that at the end of the game, I only feel that it's about the card you get and you keep trying to block your opponent and unblock yourself to win, it keeps going and going until one side give up. I think this will get better in a game with more players.
2012-02-22
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Joseph Peterson
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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6.5
Jan 2015
This is a fun little card game that can be played in 10 - 20 minutes. Learning the game took us a bit but, once you learn the mechanics of using two cards as one action, it's quite simple. As most card games, you're dealing with a lot of luck but, there's a good amount of strategy with when and if you should go after other players by covering their meals or if you should serve a meal with a busboy or just serve it straight out and risk allowing another player to serve as well. Very enjoyable.
2014-06-29
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Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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6.3
Jul 2014
--Jun2014-- It's cute; amusing; fairly random. I'd be totally content to play again - but it's not really aimed at me.
2014-06-02
Needle
Australia
NSW
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Jun 2011
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