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Mottainai

It speaks well of Mottainai (or poorly of me) that I — a player with 75 plays of Glory 2 Rome — consistently lose Mottainai to someone who has never played G2R, despite the fact the games are similar. It’s one of those things where a few small changes ripple out, and my instincts are all wrong.

That, or the Straw card is too powerful (the TaoLing keeps getting it, I need to read it myself, and see if he’s playing it correctly….)

Chudyk’s games are always good for 10-20 plays, even the ones I don’t like. An interesting designer. Given that, Mottainai mini was an easy buy at $15. (I’m told the deluxe game with 4-5 players, isn’t nearly so good.) So far my impression is that the game feels a touch too short, it’s difficult to sell and cover if the other player just focuses on slamming down 5 buildings (especially those with point bonuses). But losing piques my interest.

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Written by taogaming

October 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm

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  1. “Oh, wait, my drawing all the cards in the deck ended the game? Whoops.”

    Frederic Bush

    October 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

  2. Earlier this week, I tried the “slam down 5 buildings” approach and Joe Rushanan beat me by having the right cards in his hand to score.

    Eric Brosius

    October 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm


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