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Okay here we go...Lords of Vegas.

Picked it up from my FLGS based off reviews here at BGG, Vassel and Salinas in particular.

I have very eclectic tastes in games but what I'm looking for is to have fun and not play over 2 hours. This game fits the bill for me.

Upon opening the box everything screams Vegas! Very nice components that contribute to theme and are of high quality. I particularly like the board and Casino tiles. As the game progresses I really feel like I'm contributing to the Vegas landscape. Cool. Dice are colorful and easy to distinguish. One minor quibble is the property tokens which are see thru. They can be hard to distinguish, especially the yellow. The insert is not made for this game but it everything fits somewhere without much of a problem. Other than that all the components are very good.

Rule book is easy to read, easy on the eyes, and easy to understand. Plenty of examples.

Gameplay is intuitive and matches the theme well. You're basically claiming property lots and building casinos for points and money. It really is that simple. This can be done in a number of ways which provides plenty of options and depth of strategy. As the board fills up it can get quite competitive and cutthroat with many opportunities for screwage. Adding to the tension and depth is the ability to trade just about anything (except casino tiles, points, and actions).

Luck is heavily involved in which property lots you draw from a deck and dice rolls for influence in casinos/gambling. This luck can be mitigated to some degree with good planning and strategy/tactics. I find that the luck factor fits with the Vegas theme very well and it is not a negative for me.

Re-playability appears to be high so far. Lots are randomly drawn creating different battles for area control each game. Although the battle mechanics are the same each game, they are plenty of variations on the mechanic plus the trading mechanic makes it seem fresh and exciting every time for me.

This game has been a hit with my family. I play mostly with my cousin and my teenage son. We're looking forward to a 4 player game but the 3 player game has been a rich experience for us each time. I have not played a 2 player game yet.

I can't recommend this game enough. It really hits the gaming sweet spot for me. I think about the game played for days after, planning and thinking about options and strategies. The game is very fluid and can change quickly based on some well timed maneuvering which adds to the tension and excitement. Even if your behind a bold move can really make a big difference.

Thank you for reading the rambling review of this brand new reviewer!
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I understand there is trading involved. How big and how fun a factor is trading in the game?

 
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Trading has progressed in stages for me. At first it was simple and straight forward with a minimal amount of trading. The more you trade and see what works the more involved and complex the trades become. Now I find them crucial to game play and hardly a round goes by where at least some form of trade happens.

Trading is great fun!
 
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With the luck factor of drawing cards for your owned lots trading can be very important for you to gain control of lots to build larger casinos in order to advance as the game progresses. The unique point system forces you to go bigger or stall out, so you either get VERY lucky card draws, trade, or sprawl onto spaces next to yours and risk losing them to your opponents if they later draw that card. However it is not too bad to lose it as it still counts in the size of the casino as long as you remain the boss.It can be very expensive to sprawl so trading is a good option but not a mandatory thing. with 3-4 players can be a lot of fun.

My wife loves this game even with 2 of us.
 
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Someone in my gaming group needs to buy this so that I can play it!
I love the theme of Vegas showdown, how does this compre head to head?
 
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stoneart69 wrote:
Someone in my gaming group needs to buy this so that I can play it!
I love the theme of Vegas showdown, how does this compre head to head?


grrr, but there are so many other games I want... People keep mentioning Acquire in the same breath as Lords of Vegas... Must... be... strong... no new games!
 
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pre-ordered, all you have to do is wait. Although if it ends up like Road Kill Rally (unplayed) I'll be sad. Then again I have to make it out to more meetups.
 
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Tim brought it to Saturdays meetup but the 4 player thing hit us squarely in the jaw and it avoided very narrowly getting played.
 
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Agree with your review. I've only played two games so far but I can see this being a keeper (I am notorious at selling games after just a few plays) - the way the game starts slow and builds/develops is great. The trading/negotiating element adds a tremendous amount of fun and played a massive factor in both games so far. There is alot of luck in which lots are drawn, but sprawling still allows casinos to expand regardless - and it's funny when the card is drawn and the rightful owner takes the plot.
 
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