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Flashback Friday - Alhambra - Love It of Hate It?
Alhambra, winner of the Spiel des Jahres 2003, is considered by some to be one of the "Big Three" German style family games that propelled Eurogames to the forefront of hobby gaming. The other two being Settlers of Catan and Carcassone.
It’s a good game, it has that vintage Sackson/Randolph kind of feeling. Not sure if it was really SDJ material and in retrospect it seems like one of the lesser SDJ titles. Never played any of the expansions.
The expansions just add glop to the mix, a bunch of additional options that take the edge off the game. Unfortunately the only way to buy it now is the "Big Box" version which means everyone is paying double what they should be.
This was an early Tanga buy for me. Remember Tanga? It's what everyone hated before there was Kickstarter.
Yo Sagrilarus, Oct 16, 2006 at 10:47 PM
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I paid $15.99 for this game. Those were the days.
Over the years I've come to appreciate it though. It's far from my favourite game but I'm happy enough to play it. It's a tight little system - exact money, playing for the majorities. I've looked at the expansions and most seem to dilute it, although with the kids we play with a "Vizier's purchase" house rule so once a game they can reserve a tile and save the despair, but that's as far as you'd want to go, I think.
Granada, with it's less set scoring has always interested me but I've got no desire to chase it up.