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Andrew Zimdahl
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In a market built increasingly upon instant gratification, convincing game players to wait six months for a Kickstarter game to be delivered can be challenging. Following the first playthrough this week here at You Won’t Be Board Games, we are happy to report that Stonemaier Games have exceeded our high expectations for Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia.

Euphoria balances strategic depth, high degree of decision making freedom, and intuitive gameplay all while maintaining a darkly humorous theme that appeals equally to preppers, libertarians, and sci-fi geeks.

The game follows basic worker placement principles, but incorporates a unique dice roll system that represents the intelligence of a player’s workers. As one might expect from the dystopian future, intelligent workers represent a challenge to your despotic bureaucrat regime and they will defect if your society becomes too wise.

Euphoria manages to avoid analysis paralysis by keeping the basic eight different action options simple and strategic option paths apparent. Replayability is enhance by variable player powers through “Recruit” cards that remind one of Occupations in Agricola and variable game objectives set by 6 randomly selected Markets.

The artwork elegantly depicts a post-industrial landscape in a style reminiscent of WWII propaganda and retro sci-fi. While the board offers easily identifiable symbols, the Occupation card text is dense, which might challenge non-English speakers. Also, while it’s amusing to see the images of some of Stonemaier’s Kickstarter supporters on the Recruiters cards, some of the bodies were awkwardly scaled to their faces. Despite this, the art is stellar and displays the designers’ wit with locations such as the “Disassemble a Teddy Bear Shop” and “Lounge of Opulent Frugality”.

Given its depth, replayability, and intuitive rules, Euphoria now takes its place as a key staple for board game connoisseurs to pick up in 2014.

-Andrew Zimdahl, You Won't Be Board Games
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Because of the name of your group, I thought you were making the statement that Euphoria would not be board game of the year! You may want to rethink the name of this award! Ha!
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davethevenerable wrote:
Because of the name of your group, I thought you were making the statement that Euphoria would not be board game of the year! You may want to rethink the name of this award! Ha!


Thought the exact same thing.
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Edward J Grug III wrote:
davethevenerable wrote:
Because of the name of your group, I thought you were making the statement that Euphoria would not be board game of the year! You may want to rethink the name of this award! Ha!


Thought the exact same thing.


Same. Maybe some quotes around "You Won't Be Board" in the title?
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JBMoby wrote:
Edward J Grug III wrote:
davethevenerable wrote:
Because of the name of your group, I thought you were making the statement that Euphoria would not be board game of the year! You may want to rethink the name of this award! Ha!


Thought the exact same thing.


Same. Maybe some quotes around "You Won't Be Board" in the title?


Haha! And so did I! And I thought ... 'Really? Have you not played the game?'.
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I thought this was a negative review too from the title
Happily it wasn't!
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Michael S
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Haha I agree, I thought it was going to be a negative review as well.
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Mark O'Reilly
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The title actually draws people in, brilliant!, very pleasant surprise to find it another very positive review for this game :-)
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JBMoby wrote:
Edward J Grug III wrote:
davethevenerable wrote:
Because of the name of your group, I thought you were making the statement that Euphoria would not be board game of the year! You may want to rethink the name of this award! Ha!


Thought the exact same thing.


Same. Maybe some quotes around "You Won't Be Board" in the title?


The group call themselves You Won't Be Board Games.

I therefore believe that the title is informing us that Euphoria is the You Won't Be Board Games' Game of the Year, 2013.
 
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I came to read this wondering what on earth would be the content of the negative review. Happy to realise I misunderstood too.
 
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