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  • For 2-4 players
  • Takes about 90 minutes to play
  • Contains: Full color mounted map board. Three rule sets English, German, French. Player Aid card for French and German player. 110 player cards. die cut counter sheets. Plastic money. Wooden cubes and discs.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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London lies devastated after the Great Fire of 1666. This is your opportunity to build a new city on the ashes of the old. It is up to you how you employ the talents of the people of London to this end. Will you favor the business classes, who will earn you money? Or would you prefer to spend more money than you can rightly afford on grand monuments and sumptuous palaces? You must also deal with the problem of rising poverty and the how to employ the many paupers of the city. Throughout the game you will be forced to make tough decisions. To achieve one aim you must sacrifice another, which may open an opportunity for a competitor. Almost 250 years of the city's history is recreated in this game. Many of the most famous buildings and monuments are captured in detail on illustrated cards. These elements are presented in a relatively simple game that can be played easily within ninety minutes.

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London lies devastated after the Great Fire of 1666. This is your opportunity to build new city on the ashes of the old. It is up to you how you employ the talents of the people of London to this end. Will you favor the business classes, who will earn you money? Or would you prefer to spend more money than you can rightly afford on grand monuments and sumptuous palaces? You must also deal with the problem of rising poverty and the how to employ the many paupers of the city. Throughout the game you will be forced to make tough decisions. To achieve one aim you must sacrifice another, which may open an opportunity for competitor. Almost 250 years of the city's history is recreated in this game. Many of the most famous buildings and monuments are captured in detail on illustrated cards. These elements are presented in relatively simple game that can be played easily within ninety minutes.

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Product Dimensions 12.4 x 8.9 x 1.9 inches
Item Weight 2.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
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ASIN B004BKREQI
Item model number MFG5862
Manufacturer recommended age 13 - 17 years
Best Sellers Rank #403,775 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Designed by Martin Wallace, one of the best designers in modern board gaming, London is a terrific 2-4 player game that tells the story of the rebuilding of the city of London after the Great Fire of 1666. It's a superb example of a contemporary strategy game that rewards skillful choices, without becoming bogged down by excessive complexity.

London is ultimately a card driven game, in which you rebuild various boroughs of the city, and populate them with some of the landmarks and buildings that London is still famous for today - all beautifully portrayed on attractive cards. All the while, however, you're going to have to balance your desire to build majestic boroughs with the tough challenges of finance, overcrowding and poverty. It's this wonderful blend of simultaneously managing your money, your victory points, and your poverty points, while at the same time exercising clever hand management, that makes the game so superb. The player who most successfully walks the tightrope created by these various tensions, will earn the most points at the end of the game, and be declared the winner.

Sound good? Oh it is - the heights of euro-gaming goodness type good - as much as that's possible in a card game! The simple rules of London make it quick to teach, and means its possible for new players to be up and running in no time. Yet despite the readily accessible rule-set, there is a real level of skill involved in playing the game well. It plays cleanly and smoothly, and proves eminently satisfying even after many plays - in fact it becomes arguably more challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding after multiple games, when you discover different strategies to pursue based on the cards that you draw and buildings that you choose to build.
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I am going to skip the "board game geek" version of this review and just give you the lowdown on the worthiness of this game if you're just looking for a game and are not an expert who actually knows the names of designers and tactical systems and the like. You don't need to know to enjoy the game! It is basically a card-based board game in which you are rebuilding London over the several centuries following the Great London Fire of 1666. You play by having a map of old London and you place cards and tokens strategically to gain the most points and win. Simple!

Pros:
1. Educational: you learn a little bit about the history of the building of London.
2. Strategic: you really have to think and plan ahead to make the best decisions to help increase your point value. The most recently placed cards are not actually applied until later. So you have to pay attention to what is available and when it will be available to utilize.
3. A large variety of possible actions based on which cards are placed and when you decide to place your markers.
4. High quality board with high quality materials, and the card designs are well-drawn and pleasant to look at.
5. Just enough luck to make it so that you don't have to worry about the one really smart board game genius always winning. He or she will just win MOST of the time. LOL! Seriously, you never know what cards will be drawn, so there is always an element of luck involved, but not so much as to make your decisions worthless. Those are my favorite kinds of games, personally.

Cons:
Lots of tiny, little cubes that are kind of hard to deal with and easily lost. I wish they had come up with some more practical tokens to represent everything.

Overall, I highly recommend this game. It is fun for pretty much all ages from 12 years and up. Takes about an hour to play once you get the hang of it. And it's London! Who doesn't love London? :-D
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I bought this game because I love London. Yes, that was my true motivation. I love seeing "London" all over the beautiful board and cards! lol.

More seriously though, London is a very fun game!! One of our favorites. My nerdy husband and I (I'm not very nerdy) have been pretty into playing these brain-busting board games for about 6 months. Ever since he got back from Afghanistan. We have taken our collection from 1 or 2 board games to over 30. A few of our favorites are Castles of Burgundy, Rialto, Tzolk'in, Dominion, Bora Bora, Thurn and Taxis, Legacy, Seasons, 7 Wonders, Village, Keyflower, Le Havre...(ok, we have a lot of favorites!)...and London. We adore this game. It's fun and engaging for both of us. Pretty easy to learn compared to some of our other favorites. (Please note that it still takes some time to learn just like any of these more in depth board games do!).

We have only played 2 player but it is in our constant rotation. Takes roughly 1.5-2 hours. We always thoroughly enjoy it (even with my husband almost always winning). 100% recommend!!
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A fun game. My non-game-loving significant other will play this with me, and said of it: "we played for almost two hours, and it felt like only 30 minutes!" (and we weren't playing the "two player" variant which goes even faster, either). This is a quick-moving game which has plenty of strategy but doesn't lend itself to over-analysis. It's more of a tableau-building economic card game than a board game; yes, there's a board, and a few other pieces, but you don't ever truly get "blocked" until all of London is purchased.

I don't even like card games that much (except for CDG's, card-driven board games) and I think this one's fun. Some may find it to be a little dry, and there are indeed cubes to push around (just one type, poverty), but this is as solid a title as any to branch out into modern gaming from a more 'well-known' collection.
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