At the Gates of Loyang Board Game

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What’s Cool:

  • Great Production Quality.
  • Everyone has their own playing area.
  • Nice rulebook with good examples in it.
  • Very colorful and nice artwork.
  • Easy to teach and fairly fast paced.

What’s Not:

  • Little player interaction.
  • The game becomes repetitive after playing a couple of times.

Neutral Information:

  • Can be played alone.
  • Comes with many zip lock bags to store each piece.

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    • Tarno on May 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I have finally picked up this title. I will say it has topped Agricola in our household for a couple reasons:

    1) Faster Setup
    2) Less downtime as both players sort our their action at the same time (You always feel like you are doing something instead of waiting for decisions to be made)
    3) Shorter overall game

    I find for more than two players Agricola can be worth the setup however for a two player (one game session) it sometimes feels like a lot.

    We do play the two player games with the solo rules for the card phase. It seems to be more fun and less technical. The solo game is solid and i actually prefer it over agricola. You don’t get that feeling mid game that you made that disasterous error that forces you to fold.

    Only minor gripe i have is the cards should have been LAMINATED! they feel like they were made on recycled rice paper. The artwork is nice and holds the theme together well. If it was another company i’d let it pass but i expected a little more from this game producer. It’s not enough to say don’t pick this one up but is worth mentioning.

    I have not tried the third game in this serier “Le Havre”. Perhaps that will change my opinion again. We’ll see if it gets a review down the road :)

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  1. Thanks for the review. The mechanism is good. The meeples are wonderful and attractive. I certainly will buy it but wait for the big discount of my local board games store.

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    • The Duke on April 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    This is a great review. I love how this game looks, really on the fence about it before, but now it looks like I’ll be adding it to my wish-list right below Le Havre. Now…. if only the postman would hurry up and deliver Agricola!

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  2. Great Review and I’ll put it in my wish list.

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  3. I’ve had my eye on this one off and on over the last few months. Uwe Rosenberg is one of my favorite designers — I absolutely love both Agricola and Le Havre — so I thought I would enjoy this one too.
    My worry has been, and I think you guys confirmed it, that the game is not all that deep and can become repetitive. Furthermore, in some ways (in its resource management and card play – not its interaction) it seems like a beefed-up version of Jambo, which is much cheaper and simpler to set up (and really fun for that matter).
    With that said, I still have an interest in playing and owning this game if only because I appreciate Rosenberg’s other work. It’s a beautiful game; I’m just not completely sold on it yet.

    Thanks for the review guys!! Good as always!

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  4. This is like an offline version of Farmville from Facebook, just minus the player interaction.

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  5. Well Alyssonlago,
    The solo version is ok for this game, but if you’re into fantasy, the solo version of TOMB was really fun.
    Thanks for the support and comments!

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    • geekhype on April 19, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Good review as usual guys! I really want to try this game out now! I enjoyed Agricola and it seems like this has a similar quality to that game.

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    • Tarno on April 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Nice Review, after watching this i can see the game has a lot more merit that other people have given it. The components are very nice and the sequence of play does not seem that difficult.

    Thanks again!

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  6. I like games with more interaction between players, but this one is worth a check. The solo version of this game is recommended? I’m having a hard time trying to find some time to gather my friends around the table ;)

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