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Robert Helwig
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This game has definitely piqued my interest-- and I have and love other dice games like Grand Austria Hotel, Troyes, and Castles of Burgundy. How is this after a couple of plays? I've heard people complain that it starts to feel pretty samey and play options are limited. What do people think, is it worth the money or would I be better off with another dice euro?
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Brian Long
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I like Marco Polo better. This game felt too abstract to me. Too many things, none of which really meant much to me.

You can try the game out on Yucata and see what you think.
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Michael Andersch
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I also like Marco Polo better, but this is because I consider MP to be absolutely outstanding - so there's not many games I like more than MP.

I consider Rajas a very good game, would play it any time. And I'd absolutely prefer it to Grand Austria Hotel (hate the downtime there), Troyes (ugly) and Castles of Burgundy (which is also a very good game).

I can absolutely recommend Rajas, but if you look for another dice euro, you might also have a look at Pulsar 2849.
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Jérôme
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Rajas is a great game, but if you want to invest I’d recommend to start a solar farm.
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Stuart Hollister
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The variant included with the base game make a lot of the complaints meaningless.IMHO
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Robert Helwig
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goatboy666 wrote:
The variant included with the base game make a lot of the complaints meaningless.IMHO
The variance changed up that much?
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Ian Bennetts
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goatboy666 wrote:
The variant included with the base game make a lot of the complaints meaningless.IMHO
Really I feel that the 'variants' ought to be the base game, it certainly is very samey without the variable setups.
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I've only played the "advanced" variant, which isn't thatadvanced.

I'm quite surprised by how much I enjoy this one. I thought it might feel a bit samey but I've played games with people "crossing over" all over the place on the tracks.

There are definitely some hotly contested spots that can hand someone an easy victory if you aren't actively competing for them. It's been fun to watch our house meta evolve over time.

Solid game. Lots of choices, gorgeous art and multiple paths to victory. I'm 16 games in and still not tired of it.
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clovis chan
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if i want intense planning, I play Marco Polo (or Concordia). If I want light planning, I play Ganges.

There's fewer strategies in Ganges (you basically get 1 of each market then either build a lot of 1 market or upgrade monument multiplier and build 2 types of monuments) but the fun lies in tactically outmaneuvering similarly skilled opponents.
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I enjoy this one a lot, been playing quite a bit on Yucata. Playing the "advanced" version Navaratnas takes away the complaint I've seen a lot (mixed market space too strong) and feels like what should be the base game.

Mango Village expansion changes things up even betterer, as it provides another option besides the Mixed Market (less money but also dice) and allows for fun mix-and-match shenanigans (free river moves, upgrades on demand), but it comes at a steep cost early on (2 matching number dice). I've won both with and without mango villages.

River expansion is great but not required.
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Robert Helwig
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Micha wrote:
I also like Marco Polo better, but this is because I consider MP to be absolutely outstanding - so there's not many games I like more than MP.

I consider Rajas a very good game, would play it any time. And I'd absolutely prefer it to Grand Austria Hotel (hate the downtime there), Troyes (ugly) and Castles of Burgundy (which is also a very good game).

I can absolutely recommend Rajas, but if you look for another dice euro, you might also have a look at Pulsar 2849.

I typically prefer a little bit of a heavier game-- how does this compare to La Granja (another one I'm looking at)?
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Damien Cosgrove
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The variant (board B sides) and a much more interesting use for the tokens from the 2 pip actions are described as a variant in the english rule,s but my understanding is that they're meant to be the main game rules and it;s much more interesting with that. The Mango farm promo also makes the early to mid game speed up a bit also, which is really nice.

I think the "base game" (board A sides) is actually something I'd have given up with after a couple of plays, as it;s very boring and doesn't reward any specialisation. I actually like the variant/main game better than Marco Polo, as MP is very clear that if you don;t focus on maximising your player power, you have little chance of winning. And some are very dependant on how other people play. Whereas in Rajas it's a focus to late game scoring, not "everything"
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Doug Richardson
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You can hear our take here:

http://thespiel.net/node/1184

The Spiel is one of the longest-running podcasts around. We specialize in long form reviews and recommendations. Stephen also gives some historical background to give context to the game.

Thanks for listening!
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