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Ok, so this is a list of all the reviews I wrote. In each one, I begin with a smallish disclaimer (underneath too).

This is so people can subscribe and see when I write a new review if they are interested.

Any comment is appreciated.

Disclaimer

Ok, just so you know where I come from and how the review will go. I'll start by an introduction so you know how I came to know the game and what my expectations of it were, then a little summary of how the game plays and what it looks like, you can skip that part if you're already familiar with it and the rules as I won't go much into detail here. I'll finish by my own opinion and my rating of the game. After that, I'll summarize what my playing group feels about the game.

About me, I love tense decisions. There are many ways a game can present tough decisions. These can come in rather simple games such as Lost Cities or heavier games such as Imperial.

- Luck: I tend to dislike ex post luck in games. Ex post luck is when players pick an action and the outcome of that action is chosen by a luck mechanism such as rolling dice to know whether you've conquered a region in Risk. A contrario, ex ante luck is when there is a random mechanism which modify your choices before hand but the resolution of actions is entirely deterministic. The typical case is card-games where your options are limited to the cards in your hand but once you play your card, there is no more luck involved. Ex ante luck I usually appreciate very much as it provides a way to force the players to adapt their strategy without seeming to be too unfair. This is obviously a broad compass as I've liked games like Twilight Struggle or Serenissima (first edition) which both provide a decent amount of ex post luck. Likewise, it may happen that ex ante luck bothers me such as in Tarot where the better your cards, the better your options and the more points you get (this is the exact contrary to what should happen!).

- Length: I enjoy games of all length. I love some very short games such as The Battle for Hill 218 and some longer games such as Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. I would say however that 4h is my limit but that's mostly because I don't have opportunities playing such long games...

- Theme: I usually don't care. I don't play combinatorial abstracts much but don't care about theme at all in short card games such as Battle Line. For longer games, I do like when there is at least a modicum of theme. Tigris & Euphrates for example is good. Luna not at all. Although theme is therefore not usually a selling point for me, it does become more important the longer the games run and it can happen that the theme is the reason I'd play a game like for Twilight Struggle.

- Interaction: I'm absolutely fine with many games that are multi-player solitaire such as Race for the Galaxy or Agricola. Then again, I'd disagree with those games being labeled multi-player solitaire. I feel like there are confrontational games which are much less interactive than others. Because I can attack you and make you lose stuff directly does not make a game interactive in my mind. For example Jambo is to me a much less interactive game than Race for the Galaxy despite the fact that some cards can make you directly attack your opponent. Mainly because the choice to play those cards is usually obvious and depends very little on your opponent's position.

- Designers: My favourite designers are Vlaada Chvátil and Reiner Knizia. I love how involved Vlaada's games are and how maximalistic/funny these are. On the other hand I love Reiner's games for their elegance and trimmed down mechanics. Although I have not tried many of their games, I dislike Stefan Feld point-salad games where everything I do seems like the same.

- Top ten: Imperial, Caylus, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, Galaxy Trucker, Race for the Galaxy, Lost Cities, Blue Moon, Dungeon Twister, Monster Mash and Time's Up!.
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An interesting abstract, but prone to mexican standoff and bugs down quite fast among experienced players.

The discovery part of the game is interesting.

 
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Another interesting abstract which simulates a sports game.

Probably not the best abstract out there though.
 
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My first review in the usual format.

A beautiful game which lacks tension (at least in a 2p game which is the only configuration I tried it in).

Rated 5.
 
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A game I really love to play even though I have a hard time convincing my partners. A real brain burner with tons of options, specially once you add 1 or 2 expansions.

Rated 9
 
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Ok, the review's title is a bit silly but this is my favourite game and my only perfect 10 as I find it pretty counter intuitive and I love that.

My favourite configuration is with the investor card and 3 players.
 
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Beautiful game with beautiul components that comes in a small box. The gameplay is also very nice and intense with lots of difficult decisions, even though there are no real long-term strategy and the game might be a bit too long for what it is. This drags my rating down to 6.5.
 
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Very interesting mechanic but feels like there should be more.

Rated 5.5
 
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My favourite civ game so far.

A bit longish which keeps it from being a perfect 10. This is a 9.5 for me. My favourite configuration is for 2p.
 
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Rated an 8.

Gorgeous and fast little card game with difficult to master and counter-intuitive gameplay.
 
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Great game that has been a hit for almost all my game group.

Rated 8.5.
 
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Great game, one of my favourite and my most played game with 130+ plays.

Gives a very deep sense of long-term strategic planning in just 20 minutes!

Rated 9,5
 
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Way too random, and way too long for something that random.

IMO an inferior version of Caylus.

Rated 4.
 
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A lot more than just rock-paper-scissors.

Loads of fun and some very nice "take-that" and "screw-you" moments.

Rated 8.
 
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This is more of a game than I would have thought...

Big thumbs up!
 
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A clever design that doesn't really click with me. It is however a game that is a favourite of several of my friends.

I would still recommend the game to anyone as I'm yet to find someone that wouldn't enjoy the game.

Rated 7
 
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A gift to my parents that I didn't expect to love myself...

I was right to think it would appeal to my parents, they loved it. I was wrong for the other part though, I loved it too!

Rated 8.
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A game I enjoy deeply of length and weight similat to Puerto Rico and one I would choose over Puerto Rico most of the time.

Rated 8.
 
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A great game that I can't seem to play enough.

Second only to Race For The Galaxy as long as short 2 player card games go!

Rated 8.5

The people decks expansions bring great replayability.

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Very good filler. Satisfies both gamers and non-gamers. The huge portability and short play time will keep this one hitting the table in the future.

Rated 7.5
 
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I have not been so excited about a game in long time. A civ game that plays under 90m that has everything a civ game should.

I am impressed by how the game scales from 2 to 4.

The game does not disappoint me yet, but I am not sure how deep it will prove to be. On Caylus-Pillars scale, I hope it will be close to Caylus, but a Pillar-deep game is still possible.
 
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A soon-to-be published push your luck game by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Barbe with variable player powers.

A nice filler albeit a bit too long. Some characters seem more interesting to play than others.

Not rated as it was a prototype subject to changes. Already beautiful art though!
 
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My favourite children's game for adults, inebriated or not.

Rated 9.9
 
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