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Bleicher
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Someone was selling it with a nice price. Checked BGG and saw that it was from the same guy who designed Carcassonne. Reviews were so-so. Ok, let's give it a try.

I arranged another edition of Bleicher's Casino (that's how my friends call my house when everybody goes there to play) and asked someone to print the rules in english for me (they were in German, and I can't read much more than "Ich möchte ein Kartoffelsalat").

At first, I was a bit scared. After reading the rules two or three times, I still had that feeling that we would have to play it three or four times to finally get it. That's what happened with Tigris and Euphrates - the first time was ok, but it took some time to figure out what we were doing wrong and then finally playing it correctly.

Then we just said "Nevermind, let's start playing and see what happens". And we found out that it was really much easier to play than what we expected. Since there were eight people there, we arranged two people for each color, which was an interesting idea, because each couple kept discussing about what to do next.

Impressions were mixed. One of the guys (who became a fan of Tigris & Euphrates from the first play) said he "just didn't like it", to which other people replied that it was a nice game (including one girl who's also a fan of T&E), and others didn't have a strong opinion about it. That's my case - I think I have to play it a few more to have an opinion, but I already think it's a very interesting game to play when looking for something different - its mechanics is really unusual. However, I would not tag it as a "dexterity" game, and that situation on which someone thinks that one expedition marker will lead to a treasure or camp and finds out it won't when trying to do it is definitely not frequent.

As others have already said, game components are really nice, and it's definitely fun to look at the setup. Since it takes some minutes to arrange it, when you finally do it there's a strong desire to take a picture of the table

I'll post another review when we play it again more times, since we'll already understand it better to develop strategies (in this first game it was really just "let's get all treasures steal from others everytime we can").
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This seems like more of a sketchy session report than a review...
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Well, after a few more plays with different people, I gave up. Main reason: if a game takes so much time to set up, it has to be really good. It isn't.
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