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Eric Smith
United States
Philadelphia
PA
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10
Nov 2010
I love this game! This is the game I use to introduce new people to the hobby. It's fun, fast, and has the best bits ever. Some people knock it for the luck element, but I see it as a benefit because experienced players don't always win. That said, it's also a card counter's paradise. Underated.
2002-05-17*
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William Paris
United Kingdom
Straiton
Midlothian
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10
Mar 2008*
My wife loves this game. She takes pictures of her fave cities! :-)
2008-03-27*
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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10
Nov 2010
Dutch, 999 Games edition (w/plastic buildings). This game keeps getting better and better with each play. There's a great deal of satisfaction when completing an area for a (30 pt) Shopping Mall, considering it's restrictions and limitations for placement. Wonderful production and quality bits! Great game for 2.
2009-09-18
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of.
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10
Dec 2007*
This is a game that always finds its way onto the table. Great for gamers and non-gamers alike. Quite interactive, and beautiful to look at. Luck is what you make it in this game. But even if you lose it is so quick that you aren't waiting for it to end. Plus, at the end of the game it is cool to see the city that you created. Best with three.
2007-12-16*
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old bag
United States
Unspecified
North Carolina
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10
Jan 2006*
Finally played it and LOVED it!! Only played once and a 2 player game, so still got more to get out of it. Dh enjoyed it as much as me, can't wait to get time for more plays despite me beating him!!

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2006-01-21*
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Joe Saul-Sehy
United States
Texarkana
Texas
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10
Sep 2011
My second favorite game. I don't know if I love the game or just love watching the city expand. It's much better with two or three than more people.
2006-03-16*
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Wade Broadhead
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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10
Nov 2009*
Got it at BGG COn 2009!!! Already played 6 times!

The only game I've played twice in a row on game night. This one is just excellent. It looks good, has decent strategy, plays fast, allows you to complete a plan but you must make tough choices about how to maximize each turn, and set up for future turns.
2012-11-29
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Duane VanBuskirk
United States
Rosebush
Michigan
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Feb 2008*
This game is way too much fun, there are endless possibilities for homemade expansions, after just one game play, I've came up with extensions for a Greek Town, 6 Phase Airport, Fast Food Restaurants, and a Museum Mall. This is definitely a game I'm addicted to.
2008-02-11*
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
May 2009*
Amazing game with very fresh mechanisms.
2009-05-18
soda light
Japan
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Feb 2013
I am pleasant the city planning. I always forget scoring.
When another player spoiles my planning, so shocking.
At the end, I want to take photos.
2013-02-10
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Kent Herbert
United States
Canton
Michigan
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Oct 2002*
Nice equipment, board always developes differently, but some of real life principles of real estate development come thru AND it is not a long game, just over 1 hour. Strategy rules, not luck.
2002-10-15*
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Vincent Frattali
United States
Spokane
Washington
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May 2003*
Played once, but loved it.
2003-05-02*
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Sean Carduner
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Aug 2003*
More tough decisions & calculated risks in this game than most people percieve to be the case - makes for a lot of tension, which makes this a very fun game.
2003-08-20*
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Joe Andrews
United States
Birmingham
Michigan
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Feb 2004*
The longer I own this game, the more I appreciate it. There is a nice tension to your moves, and good bit of "screw your neighbor" and not much downtime (you do have to wait for your turn but itpays off to watch your opponents move to see what their development aspirations may be. The last few times we've played, games have come down to the wire. Very enjoyable.
2004-02-27*
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Ray Jankowski
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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9
May 2004*
Cool pieces!
2004-05-10*
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Marvin Schulz
Germany
Münster
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Jul 2004*
Very good game for two players!
2004-07-12*
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jose burdiel
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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9
Aug 2004*
One of my favourites, lovely plastic buildings and clever instructions. I miss some expansions with new buildings
2004-08-26*
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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9
Aug 2012
An awesome game that produces a beautiful board when complete. I tend to spend too much time working up to a mall and missing out on other stuff. Considering painting the buildings.
2012-09-05
Owned
Michael Webb
United States
Western Mitten
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Oct 2010
Big City is a fairly light, best with 2 game that is essentially about collecting cards that correspond to spots on the board, and then using those to plop down various building types to score points.

The game has several hooks present. First, the building pool is shared, and it definitely runs out, particularly the smaller ones (residences and commercial of 1 or 2 plot size), as well as the one plot special buildings which call for specific neighbours (i.e.: 2 residences adjacent, &c.). Second, the street car lines, which are multipliers, can often turn into evil pissing matches as they are frequently used to bisect plots to prevent larger buildings from being placed (they are also often run into dead ends, presuming that one plays with the proper non-branching rules). Third, the board is modular, and because having cards for adjacent plots is a good thing, being able to place neighbourhoods in advantageous ways can greatly aid that cause. But your opponent might not be pleased with where you put that new plot of land. All the better.

The bottom line is that Big City is a lighter game. It is card driven, and getting a good run of cards at the right time will make you win, especially if you can get a majority of the special spoiler pieces (parks, factories) which can be laid down anywhere on the board (with certain restrictions), and which do not require one to have the actual plot cards for the spaces they are being put down on (i.e.: hose city). That said, especially at the two scale, there are a lot of little things that one can do to win at this game, and at that 2 scale, one is often able to KNOW where the other cards for a neighbourhood are, as the decks run out. This, in turn, makes this game much less chaotic (and more interesting). Because the piece pool is shared, and stays the same at all scales, this game is best with only 2, in fact, I exclusively play it with that number. Any more than that, and you have almost no way of knowing where people have pairs or triplicates of cards in a row, and you can inadvertently aid them with placements much too easily. With 2 though, this is one of my favourites. It's light, but it's always a blast.
2007-07-13*
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litho chong
Taiwan
Hsinchu city
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9
Aug 2005*
Got it from German E-bay, Jun 2005!
First play feeling is 7.
After a few plays, it is really fun to play this game. Upgraded to 9. I like to play this game, but i always have problem to build the first shopping center, and this always put me in a very bad position.....
2005-08-17*
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Robert Jones
United States
Germantown
Maryland
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9
Oct 2005*
The game is too short and you can run out of options too early. Needs more neighborhoods, buildings and cards. But what a great time you have while playing. Love this game.
2005-10-07*
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Brian Rowe
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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9
Nov 2005*
I've played the game enough now to say it comes off the shelf often and holds up well with two, three or five players (haven't tried with four.) Great bits, sometimes agonizing choices, sometimes that shopping mall just isn't in the cards...
2005-11-11*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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Nov 2005*
City Hall is where the action is...........beware of the parks and factories though.
2005-11-15*
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Ed Douglass
United States
East Amherst
New York
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9
Apr 2006*
I REALLY like Big City. I agree with the reviewers that say its a better game with 2 or 3 people, but I didnt find 4 players to be too chaotic to play. That being said, I dont think I would ever try this game with 5.
2006-04-19*
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Tim Reddy
United States
Florissant
Missouri
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May 2006*
Simple rules, easy to teach, quick setup. Moves fast, usually takes from 45 minutes to an hour.
2006-05-25*
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