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Super Stressful! Great negotiation game and really puts you in the situation of buying and selling and trying to expand business. Great fast pace negotiation game. 2016-06-27 Ok, so after playing this game again. I found this game to be just absolutely great! It can be a bit of a brain burner when trying to find out proper negotiations, and when will be the best time to make buildings. I also love that sometimes the best trades aren't for locations or things to help you, but something to help you trade with someone else later on. 2018-03-22
I like trading games, but this one is random at the beginning and quickly stagnates near the midgame--everyone knows what the expected return will be, so everything gets pretty dull and mathy.
To win without negotiation requires a LOT of luck. Negotiation and bargaining skill -- aided by a sense of what something is REALLY worth in game terms -- is a requirement for winning using skill. Aside from Diplomacy, not many games do this as well as this one does.
Seems to be a mix of luck and negotiation, neither of which I'd have expected to enjoy in a game but this is fun for me. It's a good idea to actually work through what the relative benefits are of any transaction, and don't be generous unless you think it will help in another deal later on.
Chinatown is a super fabulous game about the bare essence of business and negotiation. Chinatown is a prime example of the technical term of "game theory" and waging the decision making questions: What happens if I take this action or make this offer, then what are the consequence? How will the other player react? Chinatown is a great game of the high mindedness of negotiation. Warning: do not play with "sensitive" players that could easily feel cheated during the negotiation play. As of this commentary, the game is not in stock, but is expected to be in print in 2018. Check the publishers website. Beware of the high prices and fakes in the secondary market.
Only one play but I like it very much. Lots of wheelin' and dealin' and I like it better than Traders of Genoa. I am not good at negotiation but I do enjoy it. This game manages to pack the negotiation wallop into a nice 60-75 minute game that is loads of fun. 2016-07-05 - Bought Amazon 2016-07-23 - Rating 7 -> 8; it *really* needs the right crowd. 2016-08-21 - My 9yo nephew loves this game; 8 -> 8.5
A notable exception to my dislike for negotiation-heavy games. Chinatown is the game I desperately wanted Monopoly to be; a mix of chance, positioning, and bartering. The negotiation side of things is prone to math-iness, since players can more or less figure out the value of another properties, which is my biggest complaint. Chinatown doesn't have anything revolutionary in the box, but its a near bulls-eye.