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passtally

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Zombie Dice

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Xenoshyft: Onslaught

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World's Fair 1893

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Unfair

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Tiny Epic Galaxies

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Tigris & Euphrates

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T.I.M.E. Stories

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Splendor

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Spirit Island

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Scythe

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Queendomino

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Puerto Rico

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Pixie Queen

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P.I.

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No Thanks!

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1/28/2020

Nine Tiles

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Love Letter

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Libertalia Board Game

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Kingsburg

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King of New York

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Irish Gauge

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Imperial Board Game

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Heaven & Ale

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Hansa Teutonica

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Hanabi

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Galaxy Trucker

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Dungeon Fighter

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Dragon Slayer

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1/28/2020

Downforce

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1/28/2020

Dice Forge

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1/28/2020

Diamant/Incan Gold

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Century: Spice Road

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Boss Monster

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Blood Rage

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Bang!: The Dice Game

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1/28/2020

Alchemists

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1/28/2020

Acquire

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1/28/2020

1848: Australia

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3/2/2019

MetroX

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Deep Sea Adventure

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3/2/2019

Russian Railroads

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (8.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY FUN (7.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (7.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (7.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (10.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: PURE SKILLS (7.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (8.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: INFINITE (10.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (7.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (10.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: ATTRACTIVE (8.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (8.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (8.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (8.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ZERO (8.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (9.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL =398/50 =7.96[/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Train theme ++ Scales well, plays good at all player counts. ++ Lots of different strategies to explore, especially with expansions. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] -- Nothing new about the worker placement mechanic. --

3/2/2019

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (7.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: REALLY FUN (7.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (4.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (7.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (5.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: PURE SKILLS (7.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (10.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: INFINITE (8.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (5.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (8.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ATTRACTIVE (5.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (8.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (8.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (8.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ZERO (7.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (8.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL = 352.0/50 = 7.04 [/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Amazing replayabilty with the differing combinations of heroes, villains and environments. ++ Really easy to teach, but not easy to win. ++ I like the superhero theme. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] --Fiddly, lots of components and modifiers to keep track of. The digital implementation is better in this regard. --With all expansions it is unweildy to travel with, especially with the big box to hold everything. --Downtime can be an issue at higher player counts. --The art is...something.

3/2/2019

Reef Encounter

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Roll Player

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3/2/2019

Root

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (9.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: REALLY FUN (8.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (8.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (8.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ZERO (8.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: PURE SKILLS (8.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (9.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: INFINITE (7.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (7.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (8.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ATTRACTIVE (8.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (8.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (8.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (8.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ZERO (8.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (6.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL = 415/50 =8.3[/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Asymmetric factions makes the gameplay very interesting, and highly replayable. ++ The theme is interesting and the art is fantastic. The meeples are amazing. ++ Fairly quick and easy to get into for a psuedo-wargame. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] -- Aysmmetry can make learning difficult. Teaching new players requires teaching all the factions in play. -- Kingmaking can be an issue. There is definitly a lot of "attack the leader" mentality required. -- Doesn't play well at lower player counts.

3/2/2019

Pax Renaissance

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Liberte

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Great Western Trail

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Gloomhaven

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Game of Trains

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Concordia

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Chicago Express

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3/2/2019

The Colonists

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Churchill

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Codenames: Duet

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3/2/2019

Through the Desert

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3/1/2019

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New Frontiers

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3/1/2019

Le Havre

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3/1/2019

Wildcatters

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Ticket to Ride: Europe

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3/1/2019

Terraforming Mars

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (7.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: REALLY FUN (7.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (7.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (6.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (5.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: PURE SKILLS (7.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (9.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: INFINITE (8.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (6.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (7.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ATTRACTIVE (7.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (7.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (8.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (7.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (6.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (8.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL =357/50 =7.14[/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Strong tactical play with lots of decision space, while also allowing for long term strategies. ++ Multiple paths to victory. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] -- The game often goes on way longer than it should if no one is pushing terraforming

3/1/2019

Terra Mystica

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (9.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: REALLY FUN (10.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (8.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (8.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: ZERO (10.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: PURE SKILLS (9.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (9.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: INFINITE (5.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (8.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (7.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ATTRACTIVE (8.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (9.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (9.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (7.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (8.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (6.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL = 425.0/50 =8.50[/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Highly interactive, very tight map can lead to a lot of "f**k you" moments. ++ Every faction is unique and requires it's own strategy. ++ Wood components are fantastic. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] -- Some of the rules are not intuitive for new players, the teach can take some time. -- Opening strategies for the factions are fairly rote. -- Theme is uninteresting.

3/1/2019

Star Realms

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[b] :STAR: COMPLETE RATING: [/b] [c] [b]SCORE CRITERIA WEIGHTING ------- STAR RATING SCALE -------[/b] (7.0) FUN (x15): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: REALLY FUN (7.0) GAMEPLAY (x5): NO DEPTH :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: LOT OF DEPTH (FOR THE WEIGHT) (7.0) GAME FLOW (x5): FIDDLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: SILKY SMOOTH (7.0) DOWNTIMES (x2): LOT OF :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (5.0) RANDOMNESS (x2): PURE LUCK :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: PURE SKILLS (6.0) MECHANICS (x2): BORING :star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: INTERESTING / INNOVATIVE (9.0) REPLAYABILITY (x5): ZERO :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar: INFINITE (5.0) SCALABILITY (x3): POOR :star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar: GREAT AT ALL PLAYER COUNTS (10.0) PORTABILITY (x1): BULKY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: SUPER EASY TO PLAY ANYWHERE (7.0) THEME (x1): UNATTRACTIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ATTRACTIVE (7.0) AESTHETICS (x1): UGLY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: GORGEOUS (7.0) COMPONENTS (x1): LOW QUALITY :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: HIGH QUALITY (8.0) VALUE (x2): TOO EXPENSIVE :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: REALLY CHEAP(LOW COST FOR WHAT WE GET) (7.0) SETUP TIME (x2): LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: ZERO (7.0) GAME LENGTH (x2): TOO SHORT/LONG :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar: JUST PERFECT (8.0) RULES COMPLEXITY (x1): COMPLEX :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::nostar::nostar: SIMPLE [/c] [b]TOTAL = 354.0/50 =7.08[/b] :thumbsup: [b]POSITIVE POINTS:[/b] ++ Quick to set up and easy to teach. ++ Expansions add a lot of good content. :thumbsdown: [b]NEGATIVE POINTS:[/b] -- Randomness can be an issue. -- Not a fan of the 3+ player variants.

3/1/2019

Suburbia

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3/1/2019

Startups

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