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Leonard Scott
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Razzia Review

What's in the box

The compact box holds a large deck of small cards, cardboard checks, and a small superfluous board showing where on the table to place the cards and checks. The cards are thin, but should last, since the cards are not handled very much. The rules book is in German only.

How do you play

Players receive a set of checks. On a players turn, he either flips up a card from the draw deck or calls an auction. The cards show different types of mafia loot (bodyguards, cars, illicit businesses, jewelry, etc) or police raids. The police cards act as a timer, causing automatic auctions when flipped, and determine the end of rounds for scoring (every 7 police cards).

An auction is once-around and players bid one of their checks. The winning check becomes part of the next auction.

Each type of loot is scored differently. Some goods are scored points for each card, others goods score only for players with the most cards of that good, and still other goods are scored by how many different cards one has of that good.

What's it like to play

First off, the rules and board are in German. If you don't read German, you will need a translation of the rules. There are no player aids, but they are essential because players need to remember the scoring rules in order to bid appropriately. The English rules available on BGG are clear and concise and the fan-made player aids are wonderful.

The fun comes in deciding when to call an auction early and how to get what you need cheaply while ensuring your opponents pay dearly for what they need. It plays quickly with little downtime. The game play is simple enough that even first time players can evaluate when to call an auction and how to appraise the loot. After a couple of games, newcomers should be able to play as competitively as anyone.


Razzia plays well during a lunch time, with a few minutes left over to talk about the game. The theme doesn't interfere with the game play, but doesn't add much either. It plays well with 3 through 5 players. Although it is an auction game, one's ability to interfere with another player's score is limited. This is definitely light strategy. Razzia doesn't come to the table as often as other games, but it's dependable.
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Frank Luithle
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There are five player aid cards included (showing the scoring), and they are language independent.
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