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Very fun relaxing two player game that can cause tension, but not super stressful. At first, can be a little mathy when adding up the scores, but once you get the hang of it can be really fun. Definitely a lighter game that you need to play multiple times in order to build a strategy for the game. love playing this game with my girlfriend who tends to kill me everytime.
Apart from the simple rules I don't understand why this is the "definitive couples game" There is quite a bit of math to work out return on expeditions, you don't really have to talk to your opponent at all, and there is no difficulty in holding back cards you can see your opponent wants simply to make it harder for them.
Just a tremendous two-player game. Easy to teach to nongamers. Nicely strategic. Still an abstract despite the thin theme, which pretty much entirely consists of the (very nice) art.
My wife & I enjoy this game a lot. We have had it for quite awhile & still enjoy it each time we play. We also enjoy playing the partnership game. And we've tried a 3-Player Variant that we also enjoy.
Really solid game. My wife and I really enjoy it. The only problem I have is that the game feels too tense in the beginning. It's a weird problem to have, but I get the feeling every time I play. I feel like I have too much to do at the beginning, and not enough information to know how to do it. Like my success in the game is determined too much by the cards I randomly draw. It's a weird feeling, how it's really tense in the beginning, but lessens as the game goes on, and you know more information about the game state.
Classic 2 player push your luck design that entirely hinges around the decision to commit to a color, or wait till you get better cards before committing. Exquisitely designed, this makes that one simple choice an agonizing decision each and every turn (and you will ALWAYS draw that 7 right after you play your 8)! I prefer Battle Line, but this is pretty damn good too.
My gf loves to play this and I learned to enjoy it, too. It's a quick two player card game, with some strategy and a little more luck involved. The luck aspect is what lowers the rank of this one a little but I'm enjoying this game a lot now.
Best 2v2 card game ever? I like the 2 player, but the 4 player is what earns this such a high score for me. Trading cards with a teammate and trying to work together to efficiently play your cards is a great challenge. Warning: fun to play with spouse teams, but likely to cause strong emotions (+ or -) "GAH I was gonna play there!!! You didn't give me a chance!" "That's cause we were out of time! I can't read your mind!" Excellent.
Some games just don't work. This was a massive disappointment, because all of the hype here on BGG said it would work awesomely for a married couple. It was terrible, stressful, and overly complicated. For better "play with the wife" card games, try En Garde, Battle Line, Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper, Court of the Medici, Triumvirate, Haggis or even Cribbage instead.
This was the game that introduced me to Euro-style games. I loved it right away and still do, although I don't play it as much now. It's a great couples game, one of the few I can get my wife to play regularly. My mom even likes it. Very addictive, not overly complicated, with just the right amount of luck. Play it at flexgames.com before you buy to get a feel for it. I think you'll find that you can't quit playing.
Love the "play or discard" mechanic, and the tension and agony it subjects on to the players. Sometimes its a bit slow when both players are playing conservatively, but aggressive play can really score some huge totals (at the risk of negative points, though). A must-own 2p game for most, and a must-try for all.