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Roland Winner
Germany
Frankfurt/Main
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10
Apr 2004*
Owned
Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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10
May 2004*
The best new game I have played in 2004. The blending of resources is sublime.

The immediate view of its quality was to compare this game with Puerto Rico and Princes of Florence, both of which it resembles in various ways.

While there is some solitaire planning, you do need to follow what others are doing and the auctions of course do involve all players.

Even after playing this a few times, there appear to be multiple routes to victory, which suggests the game is as promising as it feels.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is a 10 game for me.
2004-05-01*
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Maja Dorn
Germany
Pfofeld
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10
May 2004*
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Bernd Lautenschlager
Germany
Nürnberg
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10
May 2004*
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Terry Egan
United States
Waltham
MA
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10
Aug 2009*
I'm hooked. Best game of 2004. A big, balanced, challenging game that should appeal to players who like some meat on their game plate. Update: I'm thrilled with the "A New Expedition" release. It implements many of the things we've been fixing via house rules for years!
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Frédéric Meurrens
France
LESQUIN
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10
Jun 2004*
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Alan Kwan
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Jun 2004*
A hobby gamer's game, with Florence's auctions + actions (but with extra actions), Genoa's trading tower (modified), Industrial Waste auctions, Cities & Knights level-up (but without the resource dice). Many different strategy paths.
2004-06-14*
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min hyuck barg
South Korea
korea
Alaska
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10
Jun 2004*
good!
2004-06-21*
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Frank DuFriend
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Jun 2004*
2 player game. WOW! Better than PR? For two players it is!
2004-06-28*
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Matthew Gray
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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10
Sep 2007*
A great game of interlocking systems with many many paths to victory.
2007-09-16*
Owned
Michael Campbell
United States
Excelsior
MN
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10
Aug 2004*
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phil foster
United States
indianapolis
Indiana
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10
Dec 2004*
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Jan Smetsers
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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10
May 2012
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Boban Surbek
Slovenia
ljubljana
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10
Aug 2004*
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Alkis Moraitis
Australia
North Sydney
NSW
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We gotta get out while we 're young, `cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run...
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10
Sep 2004*
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De Xuan Qiu
Taiwan
Taipei
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10
Sep 2004*
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Michael Courtois
United States
La Crescenta
California
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10
Sep 2004*
What can I say, I bought 10 german style games this year and this one stands out in my gaming group heads and shoulders above the rest.

***JediMike***
2004-09-18*
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Kari La Croix
United States
Hayward
California
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10
Sep 2004*
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matthew wickline
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Nov 2004*
Love this game. Just need to figure out how to win at it
2004-11-28*
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Marvin A
United States
Jackson
Wyoming
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10
Dec 2004*
This game is at the top of my list. It's an excellent 2 player game and also scales well to 4 players. My wife likes it which is a plus for me. I also like how close the game scores are at the end, making losing players not think that you creamed them to much. :-) I found this easier to teach than Puerto Rico. You do use the whole 1.5 hrs or more to play, which does not bother me. I highly recommend this game.
2004-12-01*
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Drell Ock
United States
Unspecified
Maine
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10
Dec 2004*
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Lorenzo Mele
Italy
Milano
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10
Dec 2004*
Wonderful and deep game about developing spice trade in east. Auction system is clever for it is fast but need careful judgement about tile values and strategy adopted. Furthermore players can inflate or deflate currency with their actions and this is very important.
Played many times and still evalueting different strategies. Cards can seem too powerful, but my experience is that the game is very well balanced. There is not just one winning path.
Our group record is 51 points using ship/spice strategy. Note that in our latest games all 4 players score well above 40.

2004-12-21*
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Jason Wiebe
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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10
Dec 2004*
A very good game - love burning my brain! This classic needs to come out more!
2004-12-29*
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Gábor Béla Farkas
Hungary
Tököl
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10
Jan 2010*
Reneszánszát éli nálam e játék. És most kipróbáltam két fővel is, nem csalódtam.
Erősen kiegyensúlyozottnak tartom, a játékosok jellemzően elég kis pontkülönbséggel fejezik be a partit.
2005-01-03*
Owned
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Esa Ahtiainen
Finland
Helsinki
Unspecified
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10
Jan 2005*
Owned

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