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Greg Schloesser
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Of the recent Adlung Spiele card games which I've played (Take Off, Ocean & Dschungel), this one is by far the best and has the most appeal. It is a light and entertaining auction / bidding game with players competing to secure the best routes, preferably those which offer repeated visits to cities already in your possession. The more routes you can capture which visit the same cities, the more points you will score.

Routes come in three varieties - long, medium and short, with each route depicting three cities. Players are dealt bid cards which can each be used to bid on one or two of these types of routes. Thus, players must 'play' to the strength of their hand, bidding on routes which they have the most cards of that type. But there's much more to this game than that. Players must try to acquire routes which offer repeated visits to cities, hopefully at costs which are not to great in terms of quantity of bid cards used. You see, players each have 7 bid cards per round, and cannot refill their hand until ALL players have been reduced to four or fewer cards. So, if you bid early and use most of your bid cards, your opponents may be able to scoop desirable routes for peanuts.

Which brings to the fore another tactic ... trying to force your opponents to bid more cards for a route than they desire to. This depletes their hands, which will allow you to secure routes with fewer bid cards being expended.

Sure, the game is heavily dependent upon the luck of the draw, but there are still enough tactics and strategies to pursue to make it worthwhile and enjoyable.

I was left in the jet fumes on this one as Ted and Tim competed for the victory:

Ted 114, Tim 106, Greg 52

Rankings: All 6's.
 
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