Very intense strategy game. Despite the fact that it plays quickly and is only a deck of cards with a few pawns, this game presents you with more tense decisions and tricky puzzles than many larger and more complicated games. Update -- this game has become a huge hit with a bunch of people at the office; the cards are becoming worn from frequent play.
Another excellent Martin Wallace game. This may be the high point of the meaty Euro genre in terms of density of decisions and plenitude of options per turn. Very satisfying but it can be frustrating when one has a hand of nearly useless cards (admittedly this may occur because of a lack of strategic forethought). This game plays very differently as the skill of the players increases.
Very interesting card game in which one builds a deck while the game is in progress. I love the challenge of trying to build the most efficient engine to power purchases. Further play with different card combinations has shown that this game has legs. Five player with 12 kingdom cards played until 4 piles run out works fairly well.
This is an excellent game with an elegant system that constantly forces you to make tough choices to balance the distribution of caballeros and thus maximize your victory points. This is clearly among the best Euro games I have ever played.
I have long heard this game praised as the best card driven war game. As far as my limited experience goes, I can say that I agree. It manages to provide an abundance of period flavor while still retaining an elegant system. I personally like the battle card system very much as it seems to lend the game a little more tension compared to the typical roll your dice and check the CRT format. Tension, agonizingly difficult decisions, historical flavor and the ability to control well-balanced asymmetrical powers, this game falls nicely into my wargaming sweet spot.
Although I have come to this game after it had ceased production of any new units, I have quickly become a huge fan. The theme is not a selling point for me but I really enjoy the game play. I am an avid (although not particularly good) chess player and this game scratches that itch very nicely. While it lacks the austere beauty of chess, the special powers of the pieces and the multiple routes to victory go a long way towards making up for some of that loss. Being able to play this on Vassal as well as face to face means that I should be able to enjoy this one quite a bit.
No Limit Hold Em is my favorite poker variant although more experience with other types would likely improve my opinions of those as well. Poker makes me tense in the same way as a very tense boardgame. Dan Harrington's three book series really helped my appreciation of tournament hold'em (although I'm still not particularly good). Although I love trick-taking card games and rank Bridge, Spades and Euchre among my favorite past-times, Poker is probably my favorite traditional card game and the only game other than chess that I currently rank a 10.
Very well designed and interesting civilization game. This sits at my upper limit for epic games in terms of length and it is not a game I would like to play often because of its length. That said, I respect the design and enjoy playing it when I can get the chance. My favorite part is managing resource production, population etc. I especially like how technological innovation allows you to use resources more efficiently.
Excellent game! I have yet to try it with 2 players, but it is an outstanding classic of modern game design. I wish I could convince others to play this more often. I have found that I prefer conflict heavy games of T&E with a great deal of interaction to more passive games so I now greatly prefer playing with 4 players.
A deck of cards has a lot of virtues. It can be used to play hundreds of games that range from fun games for kids to complicated and satisfying games of strategy, it is small enough to fit in one's pocket, readily available and very cheap. How would I rate it? I have decided to give it only my second rating of 10 (out of almost 650 rated games) because I see myself playing card games happily until I die.
I am incredibly impressed with this game. Excellent combination of historical feel and playability -- maybe the best I've seen in this regard. Like the Cold War itself it is not a war in any conventional sense but rather a unique strategic undertaking. This takes its place at the top of its class (along with We the People and Hannibal) for me.