Thursday, November 03, 2005

#91: Chinatown

One of the first in Alea's prestigious line of strategy games, Chinatown is a negotiation free-for-all designed by Karsten Hartwig. Players trade for plots and businesses in order to secure the highest profits. It's a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch your back" kind of game...

Ben Baldanza: "Negotiation at its finest!"

4 Comments:

Blogger La Aubergine said...

This would be much, much higher on my list. But I'm glad it was included nonetheless.

Much as I like Mamma Mia, it deserves a little more upward distance from it in the rankings!

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Robert Jones (Ipecac) said...

It would also be higher on my list. Just a fun, fun game.

6:32 AM  
Blogger David Fair said...

I can't remember where i ranked this when we did those original rankings so long ago, but this game is great, possibly the best negotiation game ever. I wish it were higher on the list...

7:27 AM  
Blogger huzonfirst said...

I agree with David. As a pure negotiation game, it's hard to top Chinatown. Traders of Genoa has deeper game play, but it can be fragile and its much longer duration limits its table time (at least for us). With Chinatown, it's all boiled down to who is the best and most imaginative negotiator.

8:46 AM  

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