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Direct Link here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK8Mtr2MCco
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Sir, I respect your daughter's clear reluctance to throw out a game.
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This is one of the few games on BGG that seems to get a decent amount of love (in all its forms) and I just don't see the good. I think the fact that a "random player" can be competitive with a "thinking player" is why I don't like it. I'm okay with some luck in games, but this one seems to be just a small step up from War.
 
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Nice review, as always. I had this version of the game but I got the German "6 Nimmt" to replace it because I couldn't stand how the cheap paper cards felt. And I never even tried to play "Cheater."

And as a nitpick, in your review you played a "6" but called it a "9." Didn't affect your gameplay though.

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My mum loves 6 Nimmt although she's pretty bad at it. She was asking to play it all the time while I was back in England recently though.

With regards to luck vs skill - we played a few ten player games over an evening and my brother won two of them with ridiculously low scores after using lots of thought and tactical play. My father in law just turned cards over randomly and lost horribly. I tend to play the game through gut instinct unless I have an obvious next card (though I try not to play the card that would come after the lowest of the four cards as the game goes on as folk tend to have to play lower and take the "hit" which then screws up playing such a card). I came third, fifth, seventh I think so my gut worked pretty average.

So yeah, loads of luck but there does seem to be enough skill for a short card game.
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This game is brilliant. The Slide 5 edition, however, it's really poor in quality.
 
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Great review Tom. Your introduction to the game gave me a good chuckle this morning.
 
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loved the comedy in the beginning! lol

Great review as always... i want to pick this up now
 
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Great game, and great review (as usual).

I didn't know they had a new tin box version... I guess it costs a bit more? I got my Category 5 some years back for 5 dollars, a real bargain.

Now, let me tell you that with 10 players it's a blast. We played at my wife's grandmother house on New Year's Eve a couple years back; and I don't know if it was the wine and beer, or the great ambience, or what have you... but people actually stood in line to get to play this one (there were more than 10 people present, so we took turns), and everyone had a blast.
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Good review, now, how does everyone prepare for the next round after your 10 cards are played? Tom notes writing down the points and shuffling the cards. How about any left on the 4 rows? Shuffle those also and start with 4 new cards on the table?
 
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bnordeng wrote:
This is one of the few games on BGG that seems to get a decent amount of love (in all its forms) and I just don't see the good. I think the fact that a "random player" can be competitive with a "thinking player" is why I don't like it.

Random play can win and the great thinker can come in last, but the thinker has a big advantage here.
 
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You should post this same video as a review of Cheater.

The 6 is upsidedown.
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jefftang wrote:
Good review, now, how does everyone prepare for the next round after your 10 cards are played? Tom notes writing down the points and shuffling the cards. How about any left on the 4 rows? Shuffle those also and start with 4 new cards on the table?


We always start fresh with a full shuffle and 4 new cards.

Tom Vasel wrote:
If there are 4 cards in a row and the last one's a 44, and you have the 45, you probably shouldn't play the 45...


Actually, you SHOULD almost always play the 45. As a row can hold 5 cards you are guaranteed to slide into the row (unless another player plays low and takes the row with the 44). The only time I wouldn't immediately play the 45 was if I also had the 46 (or some other close card) because you would then be increasing the chance that you will take the row.

I introduced Category 5 at work quite successfully. We usually played with 4 - 6. We played over 40 times before my co-workers tired of it. Frankly I wasn't expecting it to last quite that long, what with the lack of strategy.

One of my co-workers then went out and bought Take 5!. Despite its more strategic card play I actually didn't enjoy that game as much as Category 5 / Slide 5. I enjoy the double-thinking and simulanteous play of the original.
 
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Gyges wrote:
Sir, I respect your daughter's clear reluctance to throw out a game.


Tom:

Did you have multiple copies of this game, or did you have to dig Cheater out of the trash to throw the cards at the camera?? laugh
 
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Just one copy. What I did is anyone's guess.
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I have to agree that the card quality is just plain bad considering that they use a metal tin for storage.

It was also nice of the company to give Kramer credit and the name of the original game on the cover of the tin.

I received this one in the Origins Math Trade and hope to get it to the table with my lunchtime game group at work.
 
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jimmcmahon wrote:
And as a nitpick, in your review you played a "6" but called it a "9."


Actually, I wouldn't call it a nitpick, because it points out my primary complaint of an otherwise good game, and something which I'm surprised that Tom didn't bring up in his review.

The font used on these cards is needlessly confusing. Many of the numbers are hard to read. As a result, even after playing several times, people still get confused as to whether you're holding an 86 or a 98, for example. Tom demonstrated this by his 9/6 error.

As a result, I find myself ignoring the big bold numbers and trying to focus on the small index number, but even this isn't always readily evident. A different font would have made a huge positive difference.
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Not a smart move, teaching your daughter that games should be thrown into the trash. Next week she may try it with your stack of Dominion or Thunderstone cards
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