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Yiorgos Golfinopoulos
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I am on the fence about buying this game. I watched the video at Tric Trac and those guys seemed to have fun with it ( don't speak French though).

After reading the rules, this seemed to me like a simple rules game. So, what I am asking:

Is the decision-making in this game interesting enough to bring it back to the table after a few plays?

Is there tension?

Do you feel like you can plan something or do you roll with the waves, making obvious moves?

In other words, where does the fun lie in Intrigo?
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Yiorgos Golfinopoulos
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I am going to answer my own question for anyone who might find it useful in the future.

I 've bought the game and played it four times now, three of them with 4 players.

I prefer the full 4-player game. The absence of a player in the 3-player game makes it simpler/easier and less interesting.

There is a lot of depth and strategy here but it is really, really subtle. I have only scratched the surface so far. In that aspect it reminds me of Chicago Express where anyone can understand the rules and play in 5 minutes, but to really grasp the game and play it well will take some time.

There is a lot of tension especially towards the end when everyone tries to keep the others from winning. A minor issue here can be that a player not focused enough can be an unwilling kingmaker since everyone will have almost equal shots at winning.

Make no mistake, this is not a light filler. It is a little brainburner and a great game for competitive players. It is one of those game where you will want to discuss the moves made when it ends and set up for another right after.
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Jennifer Schlickbernd
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Thanks for coming back and letting us know!
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Chicago Express happens to be one of my favorite games! I'll have to check it out!
 
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