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Played Whistle Mountain

Played with 2 players.

Played Praga Caput Regni

Played with 2 players.

Played Praga Caput Regni

Played with 2 players.

Played Yukon Airways

Played with 2 players.

Played Yukon Airways

Played with 2 players.

Played Dune: Imperium

Played with 2 players.

Played Underwater Cities

Played with 2 players.

Played with 2 players.

Susanne lost tie because I had researched higher.

1 and 2 are very good but both beaten by beyond the sun. That game has been sadly neglected. 

We found this game supremely overrated, like 7 wonders duel. As for two player games that blow targi out of the water, play watergate, or Babylonia. My wife couldn't care less about the Nixon era but loves the game. 

We didn't like this one at all. Great theme, (the cards) but it's very random. We went into this as two people who enjoyed downton abbey and even my wife was bored. The set up is a total pain with the removal of certain tiles and is not explained well. Rule book needs a complete rewrite. Excess information, Wrongly placed information. I had first edition and this was a common complaint. 

The massive amount of user 'variants' trying to fix the random luck of draw tiles as well as other faults points to the main problem: it's built by a one man team and one man cannot do everything. I talked to Dan quite a bit and he's a great guy but the game is half baked, If you go heavy in theme, you sacrifice gameplay. We also found the theme completely lacking on the tiles as they had no illustrations, yet a few like 'boar's head trophy' still do. Very inconsistent. The marriage or dating mechanic was also poor. We always tied. Variants released to fix that as well. Needs to be worked on by a decent developer to iron out the sheer amount of randomness and luck for a game of this length that mostly revolves around repetitive and boring worker placement. It seems to be in a third edition rewrite at this point, so you can see it's a work in progress. I cannot understand the high ratings this gets. We just played 8 games vastly superior to this in every way: dune imperium, lost ruins of arnak, beyond the sun, Babylonia, Caylus 1303, brass Lancashire, watergate, underwater cities. Most of these are also very thematic, but also excellent games that work very well two player. 

Played Brass: Lancashire

Played with 2 players.

We played it again and it went a bit better. Started to enjoy it more. However, the battles are definitely a point of contention if you don't like confrontation. My wife said it best: "They make me nervous." If you like this kind of nervous, fine, but she still prefers the low aggression in games like Arnak. I noticed that with dune, one game to the next can swing wildly as far as card draws. One game I never saw my alliance symbol cards, while my wife is climbing up all four allegiance tracks. The next game I had too many in hand and could not get rid of them. Be prepared for completely different games that can either go your way or completely the opposite. The app for the ai is fun to use. Thanks for mentat clues, I finally did figure out what the mentat was also good for: going last in the turn to see what opponents commit to in battle. Well, she still likes dune better than Brass, which we played last night. We made so many major mistakes in that first game, it was a total write off. 

Played Dune: Imperium

Played with 2 players.

Wow. Didn't even notice this on the conflict cards, and this was a two player game. Thanks! 

Played this last night two player. It's very luck driven and has aggressive confrontation in battles. I can't remember the last time I swore at a game while playing but this one riled me like no other. I lost at least 3 battles after heavy commitment, losing to either AI's lucky draw or opponent's lucky draw. This is not fun. After this happens a few times you start to over commit in battles, and they are not cheap. 

It's disappointing to see this game use the extremely tired dominion deck building mechanics from the last century without adding anything new. At least ruins of arnak (played a day before) does something slightly different. The card art and theme did nothing for us in this game as we couldn't care less about dune. I did like how you can almost come back from 10 point game end by making that person lose a point by stealing their allegiance token, forcing the game to go another round, but you have to be ready for a lot of card draw luck and surprise intrigue cards.  I also didn't like the 'these two cards work together' mechanic. I bought two of these early in the game, second round, and did not see them appear once together so I would never buy them again. 

Our verdict: It's okay but in no way beats ruins of arnak or beyond the sun which is my game of the year. 

Can someone explain the point of the mentat? Why rent it when you trade a worker for a worker? You gain nothing amd actually lose 2 solari. Some cards let you take the mentat for free but I see no point in taking it any other way, 

Played Dune: Imperium

Played with 2 players.

Played Lost Ruins of Arnak

Played with 2 players.

Will be playing ruins of Arnak today first time. Picking up box from post office after 1pm.  In that box I also got brass Lancashire and dune imperium. My plays this week have been beyond the sun (best game of the year so far), underwater cities (renewed my faith in Suchy after very disappointing pulsar), caylus 1303. (epitome of streamlined easy set up and simple rules that still holds up 15 years later) and abomination. (Igor variant) 

My next purchase will definitely be Praga kaput Regni on preorder. Watched a play through and it looks like Suchy has another good one, though not sure about the need for 3D stands or the messy color palette. 

Played Caylus 1303

Played with 2 players.

Played Underwater Cities

Played with 2 players.

Normal start player board, no specialists.

Played with 2 players.

Normal start player board, no specialists.

Played with 2 players.

Igor variant
Played Pan Am

Played with 2 players.

Played AuZtralia

Played at Home with 3 players.

Sorry, can't sell you on this game. Would not recommend, even if you love the cute animal art, which is a major draw for a lot of people. 
- The game is far too random with card appearance.
- The symbology can be confusing, A lot of card interactions are not easy to understand (and I play Magic the gathering)

- The tree is a gimmick, and gets in the way.
- the changing season idea is ridiculous as it occurs at different times for each player.

- pieces roll around the table.

The game is all bling and no blam.

There are a lot better card tableau games out there. Like beyond the sun for example. That one has no art, but it doesn't matter because the gameplay is far superior and more enjoyable. 

Played Beyond the Sun

Played at Home with 2 players.

If I look under 'beyond the sun', it shows zero reviews amd zero ratings. I reviewed and rated it, andthere is still nothing there. 

Played Beyond the Sun

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played AuZtralia

Played at Home with 3 players.

Played AuZtralia

Played at Home with 3 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

Played at Home with 2 players.

There isn't one game on this list  I still own. Played most, sold them all. Most of the gems are way down the list. Games like watergate for example. It's far more interesting than 7 wonders duel. Babylonia is far better than anything in this list and it resides at a rank around 2000. You cannot follow these top 100 lists for anything other than hype. 

It's the reason I'm here. Also got banned there after being a member since 2002. Have been looking for an alternative site for a long time. Bgg' s problem is it has no competition. I would like to know how to import my 400 game reviews over without re writing everything. 

Played SpaceCorp
Played Pan Am
Played Trains: Rising Sun
Played Crystal Palace
Played Crystal Palace
Played Homesteaders
Played Homesteaders
Played Homesteaders
Played Caylus 1303
Played Watergate
Played Watergate
Played Nagaraja
Played Nagaraja
Played Nagaraja
Played Maracaibo
Played Maracaibo
Played Lorenzo il Magnifico
Played Troyes
Played Troyes
Played Troyes
Played Magic: The Gathering
Played Nagaraja
Played Macao
Played Jaipur
Played Horrified
Played Res Arcana
Played Barenpark
Played Haven