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David Tolin
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I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere, but which version is superior?

The AH version seems readily available by trade, but the Alea box would be nice to continue the Alea trend on one of my game shelves. And then there's Hoity Toity. I'm looking for the version with the best 'look' and play.

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Shannon Appelcline
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Re:Which version?
DavidTolin (#53961),

Hoity Toity supports one extra player. I expect that alone would make it "best".

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Re:Which version?
DavidTolin (#53961),

I agree with Shannon. This is a good couples game, so the 6 player capability makes it a better choice. This marginally outweighs the stupid name (Hoity Toity, indeed).
 
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Re:Which version?
havoc110 (#55525),
There is a version in existence though not, I think, in English-speaking countries, which uses a spying theme. This sounds much more fun than the 'eccentric lords' theme we're familiar with.

See it here:
http://globetrotter.crosswinds.net/index.htm?E&game/eUnionP....
 
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Re:Which version?
rplea (#55923),

I think you meant:

http://globetrotter.crosswinds.net/index.htm?E&game/eSpion.h...
 
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Re:Which version?
havoc110 wrote:
DavidTolin (#53961),

... This marginally outweighs the stupid name (Hoity Toity, indeed).


I agree, it's a bad name. I think the best (English) name for this game was By Hook or by Crook, especially when you consider the more modern connotations of the word crook. Some interesting history about the meaning of this phrase can be found here:

http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010418

By Fair Means or Foul is also a good name, but it would be much too "british" for the American market, imo.
 
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Re:Which version?
DavidTolin (#53961),

I haven't played the other versions, but I own the Gibson Games (British) version - By Fair Means Or Foul. The production quality is good - mounted board, large and attractive antiques cards, small and servicable action cards.

The rules are fairly clear, except perhaps for the jail rules.

I taught it to a group of players recently, and it always seems to go down well.

Regards,

David
 
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