Flashback Friday - El Grande - Love it or hate it? Do you still play it?

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08 Feb 2019 01:13 #291824 by ubarose
It's been almost 25 years since El Grande was published....

 “It’s hard to overstate the significance of El Grande’s publication. It basically established a new kind of board game, one in which players strove to have the majority of pieces in different geographical areas of the board.”  - Larry Levy

 

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08 Feb 2019 02:23 #291825 by davebliz
Oh yes I still play El Grande whenever I have a chance. I remember I wasn't too impressed with the base game, felt it was too random with the event cards showing up BUT when they added the Konig & Intrigant expansion, it became a classic. You got a lot more control over what was happening.
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08 Feb 2019 07:03 #291828 by repoman
A great game. Play it whenever I get the chance.
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08 Feb 2019 07:12 #291829 by Sagrilarus
I just played it this past Monday and it is still exquisite. With five players there is nothing to compare with it. The base game is all you need.
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08 Feb 2019 08:03 #291833 by Jexik
In 1995 I was still playing Battle Masters and then repurposing the figs for WHFB, so I missed out on this when it was new. But, I did get a chance to play it about a year ago based on all the praise here, and it did not disappoint. I'd gladly play it again.
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08 Feb 2019 08:11 #291835 by southernman
I played it in the early 2000s when 'German' games were the thing (and yes, they are different to the 'euros' that followed for the next 15 years) but then all the FFG and similar AT/thematic games starting coming out mid-2000s onwards and I have never played it since. I remember it being pretty good but I doubt I would play it in place of anything else in my top 100 these days, if it was on the table when I arrived I would play it though even if just to see how it (or I) had aged/evolved. The tower was pretty cool back then.
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08 Feb 2019 08:18 #291838 by Shellhead
I have only played El Grande once, back around '99. It is a mechanically sound game that is almost entirely divorced from any sense of theme or setting. So I find it too dry to be enjoyable, and there is nothing to talk about once the game is over.
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08 Feb 2019 08:29 #291841 by Michael Barnes
One of a very select few perfect games- still a masterpiece, and it is the first game I Reach for when I’ve got a table of five. I bought the game first in 1996- it was one of those really early Rio Grande releases where they just put an inkjet sticker on the German box and shrink-wrapped some printed out English translations onto it. I did go through a period where I thought it was “dry”, but it is yet another German game where coming back to it with fresh eyes revealed how timeless it is.

Dave, that is the first time I think I’ve heard anyone say that it needs the expansion! I have had the Decennial Edition since it came out and I still have never once played with the additions.

Also great but very unsung- El Caballero.
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08 Feb 2019 08:37 #291843 by Black Barney
I like the sound the captains make when they get dropped in the Castillo

I like pronouncing every province with a noticeable lisp
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08 Feb 2019 08:46 #291846 by southernman

Black Barney wrote: I like the sound the captains make when they get dropped in the Castillo

I like pronouncing every province with a noticeable lisp


Bullshit - you don't play games !
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08 Feb 2019 09:01 #291848 by Legomancer
Absolutely love this game and it irks me that the version I have is the newest "Big Box" version with its meeples instead of cubes, crappy castillo, and useless expansions. Plus, because it's "big box" the box is even bigger than it needs to be, making it a pain in the ass to tote around. I'd love to trade it for an older version.
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08 Feb 2019 09:19 #291852 by GorillaGrody
This will probably be the last game to leave my collection. Love it.
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08 Feb 2019 16:24 #291902 by Josh Look
I’ve never played it! Somebody fix this for me!
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08 Feb 2019 18:50 #291916 by mc

Michael Barnes wrote:
Also great but very unsung- El Caballero.


Yes!

I have only played El Grande once or twice, and enjoyed it. I might have bought it if it were available, but all that you can find here is the big box at the hundred dollar mark.

I own El Caballero because I found it in a bargain bin. The tile placement aspect of it is appealing to me and ties in really well with the area control aspects. And boy is the game mean. There's a lot to it. I think I wrote about it in the "what are you playing" thread, but I think if this game had meeples or cubes instead of the kind of rotating tiles, (i recognise you'd lose one of the tactical aspects of it though, but, just saying), it would be a lot more well regarded.

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08 Feb 2019 19:01 #291918 by SaMoKo
I love this game, and the box has signs of obvious wear. Sadly, we haven’t pulled it out in about four years. It’s likely time we pull it out again!

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