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It would be nearly impossible for us to play this more often than we already do.,
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This review is from: Rivals for Catan (Toy)
We received this as a gift while we were waiting for our kids to be old enough for Settlers. We've had it for about a year now and we've easily played at least 3-5 times a week in that year. So it suffices to say that we like Rivals.
Is the gameplay really that spectacular? I don't know, but it is terribly addictive. It is kind of an anomaly that we play this game almost every night and have yet to get tired of it. I think it might be because of the head-to-head nature, because it always leaves one of us thirsting for a re-match. Or maybe because every time you play you're dealt a different hand and have to use a different strategy. There's an essentially unlimited amount of replay value.
We also love that it's so easy to set up. We try for a nightly game of something together after our kids go to bed but we're usually pretty tired. Setting up something like Dominion (much as we love it) just isn't very appealing. I should note that after learning all the rules for Rivals and separating all the crescent cards and dealing the six back in (if it even is six - can't remember), we eventually just quit and now we just shuffle the cards, deal them out, and play with them all at once, so now it's REALLY easy to set up.
The durability seems pretty good. It's mostly been adults handling the cards, but our toddler has definitely gotten in on it from time to time. There are scratches that show when the light hits the cards, but they're not scuffed or peeling or anything. They're still just cards, but not flimsy at all, in my opinion.
If I had one complaint to make about Rivals (aside from the weirdness of seeing Gwyneth Paltrow), it's just the stupid box. It would've been so easy to just make a box with two (or four) identical spaces to hold the cards. No, you get this weird rectangle that really doesn't contain them well at all. It's silly, but it kind of irritates me every time I put it away.