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Scott Roberts
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I just ordered the game and was wondering how easy it is to learn. Are there any good video tutorials or anything? Any good teaching articles or players' aids? Thanks!
 
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scottandkimr wrote:
I just ordered the game and was wondering how easy it is to learn. Are there any good video tutorials or anything? Any good teaching articles or players' aids? Thanks!


I learned this game from someone who only played once before we played.

The rulebook for this game (which can be found here) is rather an easy read.

I'd suggest you sit down with whomever you will be playing against and just read through the rules with possible examples out.

The difficult part to learn - I think - is the debate phase. I had to reread that two or three times before I got the hang of it.

Good Luck.

Great Game.

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Here are a few possibilities:

On Boardgames podcast (audio only), episode 17, from 29:20 (29 min 20 sec) to about 36:30
http://www.onboardgames.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=302566
This is a nice, shorter summary of the game.

Into the Gamescape podcast (audio only), episode 26, from 1:02:00 to 1:26:00
http://www.thegamescape.co.uk/?p=152
This is a longer 2-person discussion of the game, including some comments from regular listeners to the podcast.

And the player aid that comes with the game is really helpful, too; it's on the last page of this PDF:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/file/info/27085

A significant part of the game is getting accustomed to the main deck of cards. If you like to be surprised, then don't check it out at all. If you want to be more prepared, go through the cards and see what's out there.

Good luck!

P.S. There's a new silent video on YouTube about the game, labeled "bestdanggames". It provides an overview, but I wonder if it glosses over too much (and may have some inaccuracies), so I don't think I would recommend it.

Edit: added "(audio only)" to the podcast descriptions.
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Thanks for posting this - I just got this in a Math Trade and can't wait to play it.
 
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I'll second that the debate round is the trickiest part -- both in execution and preparation. Otherwise, the complete summary on the back of the rulebook is pretty darn inclusive.

In any case, it's the sort of game that essentially requires stumbling blindly through the first time -- and that's MUCH better to do with someone else in the same boat, rather than learning with an experienced player.

Fortunately, it's engaging enough that you'll prolly be glad you did!
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1960 isn't difficult to learn. I'd say that Agricola or Race to the Galaxy might be tougher (not that they're difficult either).
 
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Yeah, it is not too difficult to learn from the book. I read it through twice and had about 95 percent down. I had to look a couple of things up and missed one rule (discard excess cards at the end of the campaing phase).
 
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I'm planning to do a video tutorial/review of 1960 at some point, hopefully soon...
 
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