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This game was very surprising. Unlike all the other games, even after two plays I felt I didn't really have a good grasp of how strategy was supposed to work in the game at all. Certainly after a few attack rounds all the cards have gone every which way into other players hands and back. It seems like the first few rounds are most feeling around, trying to get an idea of what cards are in the limited "deck" you're playing with, then strategizing enough to set things up to hit a vulnerable opponent at just the right time. But since all players are trying to do this, there has to be a second-layer of strategy, but what is it? I definitely left the game feeling like I wanted to sit down with a piece of paper and a few hours of spare time and work out a few end-game scenarios.
And yet, ironically, the rules are simple enough that kids can play this game quickly and effortlessly and still have fun.
My old friend Doug Hoylman declared that this was, in his opinion, the best new game he played that weekend (Pickomino and Poison were probably better, but he had played them before). I can easily believe that.
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