Macao Board Game Video Review

Rio Grande Games

What’s Cool:

  • Nice production quality.
  • Many ways of getting victory points.
  • Turn order changes often.
  • Great player boards with summaries.
  • Good rulebook.

What’s Not:

  • Some cards need to be better explained.
  • Can take a while to teach new players.

Neutral Information:

  • Not a very long game, depending on the group.
  • Strategy and luck are well combined.
  • Can take up a lot of room.

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    • Coppy on April 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I have a Question, how does the “Councilman” card work?
    Does it mean 6 points per type of office cards with a minimum of 3 types required?
    Or must all the cards be activated by 3 action cubes?

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  1. I played Macao today. It is a really interesting game. The key to victory is to create as many combos with the cards as you can.
    During my first play I was a little confused about the mechanics, but I got the idea around turn 8. In my opinion, as you mentioned in the review, it takes time to teach new players, and this makes this game not a good option to newcomers.
    It is certainly a game that I’ll try to play one more time.

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  2. Great review as always!
    I was on the fence about this one, but now I see Macao as a game I would really enjoy. Lots of decisions with some randomness thrown in to make each game different.

    (You’ve also sucked another donation out of me. Keep up the great work.)

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  3. Interesting game with great dice mechanic. As the game progresses you feel like you’re doing very little and then it suddenly snowballs in the end. I really like the game but I disagree with BTD that it is short depending on group.
    I’d give it a 8 out of 10

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  4. I love these Euro style games. One that I played recently is Power Struggle and I really recommend it.

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  1. […] games offers great strategic depth and multiple paths to victory. Board to Death TV have a great video review of the game and Jeremy Yoder has written an excellent review on Boardgamegeek if you’d like […]

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