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Subject: Pulled the trigger on Takenoko today. I hope I don't regret it... rss

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Mark Halsey
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Since the Barnes and Noble debacle (yes, I came out empty handed). I've been itching to lick my wounds with the purchase of a new game to fill that hole.

I've been pouring over recommendations, which I just thought it would be cool if there was something that counted how many times a game is mentioned in a forum.

I entertained anything from Yedo to Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar to just buying The Castles of Burgundy that I had hoped to snag and the B&N sale.

I finally settled down with purchasing Takenoko. It hasn't shipped yet because I just now purchased it but already I'm feeling the buyers remorse. Will this be the next thing to gather dust? Is it wrong to start thinking that the only cure to buyers remorse is to buy another game just in case?

Fingers are crossed that I made the right decision. I felt like if I didn't buy Takenoko soon, it would become another Mice and Mystics. All of a sudden the price is crazy and it's impossible to snag.

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I'm growing to really love Takenoko. It's relatively quick to set up & play, just 2 players is still fun and it's simple but not too simple.

I don't know what kind of games you normally enjoy but the sheer uniqueness of this game sold me on it. I tend to also have to consider my non-gamer friends/family when buying games as I don't want to scare them off by pulling out something too heavy, Takenoko fits with this perfectly in my opinion. A solid game for any crowd.
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Bryan Thunkd
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TWrecks wrote:
Is it wrong to start thinking that the only cure to buyers remorse is to buy another game just in case?
It's time to admit you have a problem.
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I feel your pain. I too purchased Takenoko recently but have never played it before. I hope we both enjoy it!!
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Mark Halsey
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bigheyzeus wrote:
I tend to also have to consider my non-gamer friends/family when buying games as I don't want to scare them off by pulling out something too heavy.


This is my thing too. I look at one game and think, "man, this would be awesome to play..." and then it's "hmm...who is going to play it with me?"

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Michael Carter
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I haven't had the chance to play Takenoko yet, but it has to be better than Castles of Burgundy.
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Lionel B.
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I have played Takenoko 3 or 4 times so far, and I must say I enjoyed every single game, be it 2 or 4-players.
The concept is quite unique, also I'd say it can be played by a very wide variety of people (including youngsters).
The art is simply gorgeous, and although I've bought it recently, I have to admit that I'm seriously considering the Collector edition...

There's a good chance you won't regret this one.

[Edit] Typo
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David B
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I personally do not have Takenoko, but have played it several times and enjoy it every time I do. It is a game I may actually end up getting at some point. It was a good purchase. No need for remorse. And despite the above poster, Castles of Burgundy is quite good as well.
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My wife and I play Takenoko about twice a year. Every time we play it, we enjoy it. But for some reason, it rarely comes up in our "what do you want to play?" discussions.

 
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Agree with David that both are excellent games.

Takenoko is a cute game that plays deeper than it looks. Good for sucking in and converting non-gamers.

Castles of Burgundy looks much deeper than it is. A much different aesthetic, but only a moderate step up in complexity from the panda game.
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Relax, man. This is a beautiful game with elegant rules, nice strategy, beautiful components and a lovable, whimsical theme that is married beautifully to the mechanics.

For me it strikes the right balance between gamer's game and gateway game and there is a place for that in everyone's collection. If you enjoy Ticket to Rise or Carcasonne or Catan, you will like Takenoko more.

Just relax and enjoy this like you would enjoy a stroll through a Japanese garden on a beautiful spring day.
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Bart R.
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I'm not writing this to burst the bubble , but Takenoko really fell flat for my gaming group, so much that it's one of the few games I've traded away until now.

I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly why it didn't work for us - I think it's because the amount of decision making in this game belies the cutesy theme. That being said, most people who play it do seem to like it, so I'm quite sure you will too
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We like Takenoko a lot. It's a charming light strategy game. If you're hoping for a deep strategy game, you're going to be disappointed. What we really like is that it's not super long. 30-45 minutes for 4 players. It's a good starter/filler game for game groups.

It really falls down with 2 players, though. There's not enough interaction to make it interesting for 2 players and it feels like a weak solitaire game.
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I know the feeling, most of my gaming is with my children so I have to be very careful.

However this game is on our definite list.

As it stands the only game we have that is over 6 months old not passing my "Value for money test"* is Catan Junior and that is getting close.









*That is I personally have spent at least 1 hour gaming per £1 it cost.
 
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I've often wondered whether people would take the game more seriously if it had a Dungeon Petz vibe to it devil

Building a large dungeon and moving the dungeon master around to build intricate dungeon features; all the while the monster is raging about destroying his work and eating the imps.

Vlaada, Antoine get to work!
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We have it, and we love it. Adults like it, kids like it, and it's a quick set up, quick play. What's not to like?
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I bought it and love it. My gaming group really enjoyed it also. It's light enough children can enjoy it, yet has the depth for a gaming group to enjoy it also. Works well throughout the amount of players. Not a game I'll be trading any time soon.
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I have Takenoko and believe it is just as good as Jaipur, and better than Monopoly Deal or Qwirkle. I have a feeling you will enjoy it.
 
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I must be odd (well, I know I am but, that's beside the point). I played Takenoko a couple times on BGA (so yes, the phsyical experience may be different) but I hated it. It was just boring, it made no sense, the theme was poor in my opinion (i mean, a panda on a farm, really? Give me shipping in the mediterrian over that) and just bleh. Castles of Burgandy is MUCH better in my opinion.

 
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I think you will like it. It has good game play, it's not as fluffy as it looks, as has been pointed out.

There's some gotcha in the game, which makes it competitive. Someone else can snag or destroy what you are going for (goals are hidden, but it can be groanworthy).

My only problem is the bamboo stacks aren't as sturdy as I would like them to be, and it's tough for colorblind people. But those aren't deal breakers.


I am personally regretting pulling the trigger on Village, I hesitated for so long to get it, finally did, and now thinking I won't like it at all.

At least you can trade/resell things you don't like, right?

 
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Its the second game I bought after Settlers of Catan.

Its not something I will likely ask to play often, but sometimes will will get the itch. It has a cool theme, great looking components, and its light enough to play with my non gamer girlfriend and some friends.

Its still in my collection while Settlers is not (seems like everyone has a copy so why do I need one too?)
 
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Really a solid little game, but you have to get into it. We have a house rule, when you eat bamboo if you don't make an 'om nom' noise the bamboo goes back into the box
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Just ordered Takenoko. Been watching the price drop on Amazon for a couple of days but couldn't decide. Then someone used the phrase 'pandered' today, then I saw this thread. Figured they must be signs I should buy it! Then Jaipur somehow slipped in to my cart. Not sure how that happened....
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We all love pandas Good light game thumbsup
 
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I just played Takenoko for the first time this weekend. I loved it. It is simple enough to learn quickly, yet has lots of room for strategy.
 
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