Reviews written by Gregarius
A deck of cards with unique artwork of creepy-crawlies and friends who like to bluff and call bluffs are all you need to have a great time. Perfect to throw in a bag to take to the local pub/brewery.
Knizia reshapes his classic, Tigris & Euphrates, to good effect. Even though there are more little rules and more options for tile placement, Y&Y manages to come across as faster and more accessible. There also aren't the huge point swings which can alienate some people in T&E.
A board game masterpiece that belongs in every collection. But which version?
--Classic Avalon Hill Bookcase (1968-1976) - This is my favorite edition. The black tiles on the yellow (or brown) board offer a stark contrast for easy understanding of the board. Plus, the box is nicely compact.
--New Avalon Hill Edition (1999) - This one is highly sought-after, but I don't think it's worth the cost. The little buildings are nice, as are the much bigger board and tiles, but that means it also takes up a lot more space.
--Hasbro/Avalon Hill edition (2008) - A bare bones printing where they substituted cardboard chits for plastic tiles. The game is still playable, but you lose that tactile feel.
--Newest Hasbro/Avalon edition (2016) - Similar production to the previous entry, but with a changed board (10x10 instead of 9x12) and other minor rule changes. Avoid.