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Thomas
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How similar are these games?
 
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Rob Rob
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In a sweeping generalization, they are similar games played at different levels. Schotten Totten (and Battleline) has brief tactical skirmishes played out in only three card per side. Each skirmish is scored immediately. Lost Cities has longer strategic battles played up to 13 cards per side. Each battle is only scored at the end.
 
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Mandy Benanav
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I find Schotten Totten to have a lot more tension. There's also a neat thing where even if you don't have a complete set of cards down yet, if you can prove your opponent can't beat what you've got you win the point immediately - so there's an interesting thing where you can sometimes screw yourself over in the long run just to claim a point in the short run. Fun risk management involved. I like Lost Cities, but I really really love this game.
 
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David B
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Battle Line/Schotten Totten has more to consider and is more challenging to play well. I also think Battle Line/Schotten Totten offers more ways to mitigate card draws.
 
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Russ Williams
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There are similarities, but they are indeed nonetheless quite different. FWIW my wife and I own and have logged over 100 plays of Schotten Totten, which she is often the one who proposes playing it, but she was unimpressed by Lost Cities when we played it a few times almost a decade ago.
 
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Darren Belcher
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Cheesechick wrote:
There's also a neat thing where even if you don't have a complete set of cards down yet, if you can prove your opponent can't beat what you've got you win the point immediately.


I thought you still had to have the completed formation on your side?

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On his turn and before drawing his card from the deck, a player may claim one or more
Flags. In order to do so, he must have a completed formation of three cards on his side of
the Flag, and he must be able to prove that Troop cards on the opponent's side of the Flag
cannot beat this formation.


Cheers!
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David B
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dbelcher wrote:
Cheesechick wrote:
There's also a neat thing where even if you don't have a complete set of cards down yet, if you can prove your opponent can't beat what you've got you win the point immediately.


I thought you still had to have the completed formation on your side?

From the rules

Quote:
On his turn and before drawing his card from the deck, a player may claim one or more
Flags. In order to do so, he must have a completed formation of three cards on his side of
the Flag, and he must be able to prove that Troop cards on the opponent's side of the Flag
cannot beat this formation.


Cheers!


Yes, the losing side does not have to have a complete formation. The one who wins a flag must have a completed formation.
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Thomas
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russ wrote:
There are similarities, but they are indeed nonetheless quite different. FWIW my wife and I own and have logged over 100 plays of Schotten Totten, which she is often the one who proposes playing it, but she was unimpressed by Lost Cities when we played it a few times almost a decade ago.


My girlfriend loves lost cities.. worried this would be too close.

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They definitely have some similarities. However, Schotten Totten is a bit more strategic and more reminiscent of Poker. Lost Cities has a nice artistic feel and is a bit less cutthroat, but still uses some of the same strategy. They're both very good games.
 
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