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Rich Charters
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We played our 1st ever game of Hanabi last night. Me, my wife, and 3 of our 4 kids played a 5P game....my oldest daughter is away college.

We scored 15 points before we got the 3rd strike.....and we had just drawn the last card from the deck at that point.

It was a very entertaining game. We were all playing for the first time. I had read through the rules twice. When we started playing the game, my kids didn't know the victory conditions (didn't understand the 5 sets-of-five thing) or even know the 3 things they could do on their turn. So the first round around the table was all about re-explaining how the game worked. It would be someone's turn and they would ask: "What can I do again??"

Also, because we were a bunch of newbies, we had a bit of conversation as we played the game.....I suspect more conversation than the game designer had intended. But we needed to make sure we were all on the same page in regards to some things. Example, once we had all five 1s on the table. I pointed out that someone had two ones in their hand. Then I asked the question: "Do you know what that means?"....and stared at them until they got it. Although it was obvious....it's not so obvious for an 11-year-old kid!

But we had a lot of fun......there was more laughing and bonding in this game than in any game I have played of late.....that what was most valuable to me as a dad. It was a challenge....and all of us contributed to our success (if you can call 15 point success. )

I can see that the most fun part of this game would be learning it. I don't see a ton of replay value once you've 'mastered' the game. But I'm looking forward to the first 15 or 20 plays. I'm afraid that as you play more than that, you will start to employ "rules of thumb", like if someone has three 2s in their hand, the order I reveal them could be the best order to play them, etc.... Stuff that like would take the challenge (and fun) out of the game IMO.

At any rate, we had a great time playing our first game, and I would recommend this game.....especially for families.
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Peter Hendee
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I do not think it means what you think it means.
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richcharters wrote:
I'm afraid that as you play more than that, you will start to employ "rules of thumb", like if someone has three 2s in their hand, the order I reveal them could be the best order to play them, etc.... Stuff that like would take the challenge (and fun) out of the game IMO.


I would consider it outside the spirit/intent of the game to include information in the order of touching multiple cards. But I would not consider conventions established before the game to be cheating, such as playing the card closest to your discard position when multiple cards are identified. Or even establishing that new cards are added to the back of your hand and you discard from the front of your hand - the discard position.

This game seems very replayable to me. Especially since I don't play with the same people consistently.
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Cameron Chien
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It's like bidding for the contract in Bridge. Intonation of voice, winking, anything outside of predetermined conventions is frowned upon.

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Lee Fisher
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Yeah I don't think you ever "master" it or at least not for quite awhile.
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richcharters wrote:
I don't see a ton of replay value once you've 'mastered' the game. But I'm looking forward to the first 15 or 20 plays.


What I can say, after approx 10 games is that every game makes you discover new ways to guess (during the first games, you just use what the other players said, then you also use what you see on the table, then you will use what you know about the cards present in the game, then you will begin to use statistics...)

I've not reached the 15 or 20 plays you are talking about but I think that the game has a great replay value. I also think that the more you play, the less you will want to "cheat".
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