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Javier Lam
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Im afraid that this game requires too much mental tracking of cards if I want to bring this into my casual group and it becomes a game of "get the dice I want to the highest score and lower everything else"

(Im deciding between this game and archaeology: the new expedition. Archaeology is definitely lighter but it seems more easy to introduce)
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Barry Churchill
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This game is pretty light and has always gone down well with the casual gamers I have taught it to.

There is no real tracking of cards (well at least we don't play it that way) it is one of them games where you just get a gist of who's got what and there is no real worry/calculation about it.

On paper it probably sounds more thinky than it actually is.

Great, fun, light game
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Alejandro and Inés
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I have both games and Biblios is much more exiting than Archaeology. I like both games but Biblios is better to me. Really easy both games to learn and play but there is more interesting choices in Biblios. Archaeology scales better, Biblios is not that fan with two players.
 
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Bill Eldard
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rexonology wrote:
Im afraid that this game requires too much mental tracking of cards if I want to bring this into my casual group and it becomes a game of "get the dice I want to the highest score and lower everything else"

Well, that is the dominant strategy. How badly one wants to win and how much one wants to think about what he/she is doing is up to the individual. If one doesn't care about winning, or doesn't think about optimum card play, it requires no more mental work than Uno. It's all relative.

I find Biblios very easy to play and teach, and everyone we've taught it to has enjoyed it.
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Travis Morton
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You can also use Herbaceous or For Sale as a stepping stone
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Tomello Visello
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I am disgruntled how new or casual players are put in the position of having to choose cards during the initial phase of "dealing" out the cards, yet have no real basis for evaluating the choices. And that selection process takes up "half" the game time.

 
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Chris Broggi
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TVis wrote:
I am disgruntled how new or casual players are put in the position of having to choose cards during the initial phase of "dealing" out the cards, yet have no real basis for evaluating the choices. And that selection process takes up "half" the game time.



Why do you say they have no real basis for evaluating the choices? The card distribution is listed for the players to see.
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Sarah Kelley
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Biblios is readily available. Last I checked, Archaeology was OOP:/
 
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Biblios is amazing. I would definitely bring it out with casual gamers, with that said it takes a few plays to get the hang of it.
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Tomello Visello
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broggi wrote:
TVis wrote:
I am disgruntled how new or casual players are put in the position of having to choose cards during the initial phase of "dealing" out the cards, yet have no real basis for evaluating the choices. And that selection process takes up "half" the game time.



Why do you say they have no real basis for evaluating the choices? The card distribution is listed for the players to see.

Why would you think that new or casual players would study that ? Even so, they don't have much basis for what they mean for relative values.

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They don't have to study it. Just looking at it tells you that a 2 in this color is a good card while in another color, it is bad. We usually have one person do the math and announce to everyone that if you have x in a color, you've clinched that color.
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Tomello Visello
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broggi wrote:
They don't have to study it. Just looking at it tells you that a 2 in this color is a good card while in another color, it is bad. We usually have one person do the math and announce to everyone that if you have x in a color, you've clinched that color.

I think your example represents a very different category of player from the picture I have of new recruits and casual players.
 
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Very good game for casual players. Esay and fast to teach, understand and start playing but still a lot of strategy and important decisions involved.
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