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Serious? Lee
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se·ri·ous·ly - with earnest intent
snap·py - cleverly concise | ru·mi·na·tions - deep or considered thoughts

2 DE MAYO
A great, tense 2-player cat-and-mouse game of trying to outguess your opponent's moves.
One of the most satisfyingly thematic games I've played.

SYNOPSIS
Spanish mob scattered throughout the map of Madrid are surrounded by French troops closing in on their positions. Limited movement recorded in secret and occurring simultaneously each turn leads to possible confrontations when both sides find themselves occupying the same location. Play continues for a possible ten turns or until either the French sustain too many casualties or all Spanish are defeated. Event cards provide opportunity for surprise moves and altered win condition.

COMMENTS
I enjoy introducing friends to this unique game as it quickly builds suspense from the first turn onward with plenty of "Aha!" and "Gotcha!" moments interspersed throughout it's short play time. There's plenty of room for cleverness and second guessing which just makes the experience delightful.

PROS+, CONS- & NOTES*
+ I really enjoy the replay value of switching over to play the opposing side's different objective.
+/- Event cards might mitigate or exacerbate one's situation, leading to moments of surprise or angst. Familiarity with the cards from repeated play helps to anticipate the results of those situations.
* The historical narrative and history of the game's theme is fascinating to read in the included material.
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A quick and correct mini-review.
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I also reviewed its expansion: Serious? Lee Snappy Ruminations on 2 de Mayo: Assault on Palace Grimaldi
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another gem of a game!!
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An OUTSTANDING game, an excellent capsule review...
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I agreed with everyone until I followed a thread that explained a new unbeatable Spanish strategy. I usually find these threads tend to be the result of a rules error. But actually, it proved true. Over and over. To the point where I have shelved (but not sold) the game. The Spanish strategy is so solid that the game boils down to "play this strategy to win, or play sub-par in hopes of a game." We played this scenario out 5 or 6 times before we gave up. The thread seemed to virtually "solve" Dos de Mayo for us.

I have kept the game hoping there was a way to play this game where it wasn't so singular in it's play. Sure, you can handicap the Spanish by specifically not play this strategy, but that's sort of like giving up a piece or two to start a chess game just to make it "fair" vs. a weaker player.

Below is the thread. Give the game a try using this method and see if it doesn't totally kill it. The comeback of, "if you do X, Y, and Z you can stop it" isn't really helpful as it only suggests that the imbalance is real. And the best Spanish strategy is vastly superior to any other. Thus, destroying any diversity in game play.

The game-killing thread is below...

What am I missing - Unbeatable Spanish Strategy?

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