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Dawne

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Carcassonne

49 out of 67 gamers thought this was helpful

We love this game!! … although… playing with all the expansions at the same time can be very confusing for people.

We like to speed up the game by pre-picking our next tile immediately after our current turn ends. This way, we can pre-plan our move while the other players are taking their turn. Otherwise, the game can drag out and other players get bored when it’s not their turn…. gives people something to do other than staring at your wall color and wondering what other color might be better in its place.

I would have given it a better score for “easy to learn”, but scoring the cities can be complicated for some people. To this day, my father-in-law still can’t grasp the concept.

We love the game because it’s kind of like making a puzzle. Each piece can only fit a certain way onto the board.

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San Juan

96 out of 144 gamers thought this was helpful

I’ve never played Puerto Rico yet, but I’ve played San Juan MANY times. It’s a lot of fun! It’s one of our favorites.

In order to speed up the game, we like to do some of the jobs simultaneously (at least the ones that can be like builder, trader). .. especially for builder. Instead of waiting for each person to build in turn, everyone can build at the same time. We call it “speed San Juan”.

We’ve taught this to a few people too and they seem to catch on rather well. At first, the cards do take a bit of explaining to “newbies”, but we all play fair and unbiasedly help anyone who needs it. It’s easy to catch on after a few times of playing.

Great game to travel with too as the components are just cards and a few thick cardboard cards. Personally, they should have omitted the scoring pad and charged less for the game. The scoring can be done on paper following the scoring order that is in the manual.

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