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Valdir Jorge
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Date: September 2nd, 2004

Game: Duell

Players: Ivan (my son) and Valdir (myself)

A few months ago I concocted a home made version of En Garde: I printed a playing mat similar to the one available here at the Geek ( and used the pentagonal cards that I had created for one of my own games (WARNING: shameless plug ahead!) (see This page is written in Brazilian Portuguese, but you just have to click on the links and you will get to see the cards). I also use Chess pawns to mark the score and to represent the two fencers.

A few days ago I read here in the BGG about the new version of En Garde called Duell. From what I read it seems that the only changes were the elimination of the "advanced rules" (which I used only once and didn’t like, anyway; I always play the Standard version) and the addition of eight "event" cards.

I printed the new cards from the BGG ( and tonight Ivan (my son) and I played two games with them. I must say we like these new cards very much. Not that the original rules for En Garde were not good enough, but with these cards each round is a little different from the other. When having only three cards in hand, attacks are harder to accomplish; when playing with 10 cards and no replenishing, you’re more concerned about not having enough cards; when playing without retreat each card counts and the round ends quickly and brutally; etc…

Ivan won the first game 5 vs 2, I won the second 5 vs 3, he won the "double rounds" in both games. We liked the different feeling the cards bring and I think we’ll always use them from now on.
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