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Martin Butler
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This game was one of the big surprises for me at Essen this year. I've now played it with a variety of groups at all player counts and it just keeps getting better.

It actually reminds me of the experience I had with Splendor:

- It's super easy to teach (most people are familiar with the concept of dominoes)
- It's very quick
- It has great components and colorful artwork
- It has a catchy name
- It appeals to a huge variety of players (including families)
- It's very affordable
- It's addictive and very fun! (everyone who I've played it with immediately liked it).

This is when I realized that this game could definitely fight for next year's Spiel des Jahres. Or am I missing something? What does this game lack that the SdJ winners have had?
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Florian Hanke
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Yes - this mirrors my thoughts as well.

+ it's published by Pegasus in Germany and games by German publishers are always favoured by the SDJ jury...
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Thoryana wrote:
This game was one of the big surprises for me at Essen this year. I've now played it with a variety of groups at all player counts and it just keeps getting better.

It actually reminds me of the experience I had with Splendor:

- It's super easy to teach (most people are familiar with the concept of dominoes)
- It's very quick
- It has great components and colorful artwork
- It has a catchy name
- It appeals to a huge variety of players (including families)
- It's very affordable
- It's addictive and very fun! (everyone who I've played it with immediately liked it).

This is when I realized that this game could definitely fight for next year's Spiel des Jahres. Or am I missing something? What does this game lack that the SdJ winners have had?


I think it's too light for the award.
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Yes, deffo up for Spiel - Cathala is like the Sensible Software of game design. He prefers speed and simplicity over Bitmap Brothers-like graphics that will only serve to slow proceedings down. Feld and Knizia are ice cold numbers men with little to no understanding of art or music whereas you only have to look at Cathala's face to see a charismatic master composer and beautiful all-rounder. This guy is simply streets ahead of the rest: 7 wonders was good enough on its own, but 5 tribes too? And this? Other designers might as well give up right now as they'll never get even close.
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canadiankorean wrote:
I think it's too light for the award.


You could be right about that. Camel Up was very light though.
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I hope this game is nominated. So far every single person (around 20 so far) I've shown this to and have played with loved this game. Many of them ask where they can buy it and are surprised at how inexpensive it is.

It's quite a nice filler but with meat.



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willsargent wrote:
This guy is simply streets ahead of the rest: 7 wonders was good enough on its own, but 5 tribes too?
7 Wonders is a masterpiece, yep. But it was designed by Antoine Bauza. 7 Wonders Duel though is a co-design by Bauza and Cathala.
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Yep, that was my immediate thought on finishing my first play – a shoo-in for the Spiel. The other players agreed. I'd be very surprised if it's not on the Spiel list for this year and expect it to do well.
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games can not be too light for the red spiel des jahres award!

This has spiel des jahres written all over it.
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First thing I said after playing this game for the first time.
 
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There's the nomination!
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I could see that and I would support that. Excellent game, a great fit for SDJ
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Horror Leader wrote:
I could see that and I would support that. Excellent game, a great fit for SDJ


I'm glad I was wrong.
This game is great.
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