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Please check out my other reviews at:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/145695/item/2728438#it...



Conclusion:

Associates is not the best in the series of expansions that would fall to Power and Influence. This expansion includes new gangsters with a lot of new powers that are unique. It also adds the casino which is a great risk/reward decision.

Associates is not going to change the experience greatly for the players. Instead, it is going to add variety and some unique fun powers. The expansion pushes the others players to whack others and to make a move, which is a good thing. I think a game like this works with more variety and gangsters and just things being screwy. It fits the theme and what sort of game this is. Some cards may be over powered, but it works with the influence system. Or just whack that card out of the game!

Overall, this is a good expansion and one that I will keep. While not a game changer, it is a must have for my taste.


Keeper.




Components:

The components are all cards. The cards match the base game and look fantastic. You get a few different "decks" that sort of work together or just mix everything together with the base game. The art work matches the rest of the series, which I think is the best in the business (if not the best).




Rule Book:

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Flow of the Game:

This expansion adds more gangsters that add a lot more fighting and "moving" The big addition here is the addition of the casinos. One is red and one is black. The black has a smaller reward, but smaller risk also. The red has a large reward, but there are more negative on the card. How much are you willing to gamble?





Should I buy this game?:

This game is a fun expansion, but a step down from Power and Influence. This adds a couple of features and might be a way to add some variety to the game. While not a must buy, it is higher on my list of expansions to add. You can add this with new gamers with no problem.

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*The images posted with this review are not mine and are images I found on BGG. If you click on the image, you can see who posted it to BGG.
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Re: The Purge: # 849 Nothing Personal: Associates: A black and red casino and a bunch of gangsters (including Jayson Gallo...what a stud)
Think something went wrong here. Picture's of El Gaucho?
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Re: The Purge: # 849 Nothing Personal: Associates: A black and red casino and a bunch of gangsters (including Jayson Gallo...what a stud)
Ruud2009 wrote:
Think something went wrong here. Picture's of El Gaucho?


Fixed.
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Seems you play this game a lot Jayson. I got it off Essen Spiel 15 and played just the base game. It felt like it had a lot of luck and a lot of Resource management/Euroish aspects to it and the "Take-That" elements had a lot of strategical perquisites but also a lot of tactical moments. It looks like the game has a lot of depth but then also a lot of randomness and luck.

I wish I had enjoyed it more, but it somehow felt a bit dry. You did not feel like you were controlling gangsters. For instance in La Cosa Nostra it felt much more like being a gang boss:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/151771/la-cosa-nostra
Quined Games will bring that one to KS in English (AFAIK)
 
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ionas wrote:
Seems you play this game a lot Jayson. I got it off Essen Spiel 15 and played just the base game. It felt like it had a lot of luck and a lot of Resource management/Euroish aspects to it and the "Take-That" elements had a lot of strategical perquisites but also a lot of tactical moments. It looks like the game has a lot of depth but then also a lot of randomness and luck.

I wish I had enjoyed it more, but it somehow felt a bit dry. You did not feel like you were controlling gangsters. For instance in La Cosa Nostra it felt much more like being a gang boss:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/151771/la-cosa-nostra
Quined Games will bring that one to KS in English (AFAIK)


This is my go to 5 player game. I can teach new players easily and non-gamers. It takes the right group and you have to Ante. If you don't Ante, it can drag. It has the right mix of luck and strategy to me.
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