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Average Rating: 4.7 in 6 reviews
I remember this being one of the first of my real favorite board games - I played it when I was around 8 or 9, and the fact that it wasn't played like the other board games, as well as the theme, piqued my interest. Now, 16 years later I'm searching hell and high water for it, to no avail. It was probebly one of the most though provoking, stimulating board games I've ever played, and I miss it! It's complex, but not overly confusing and has a reasonable playing time. If you like stratigical-type board games, you'll really like this one!
Let me add to these laudatory reviews. 'Conspiracy' is an excellent four-person game -highly original and very entertaining. Though the rules are simple, it nicely simulates the real world of espionage, in which any agent is for sale to the highest bidder. One of the best 'finds' I've ever made at a thrift shop. MB, how about a reissue?
Over the past year, I have become acquainted with many of the classic titles that head this web-sites top 50 games ranking. I have played, and loved, Settlers, El Grande, Acquire, Elfenland, Modern Art, and many more. Over that period of time, I have come to realize, more and more, what makes a great board game, and I have also realized that 'Conspiracy' will always remain one of my all-time favorites.
I disagree with previous posts that call it a mix of luck and skill. There is almost no luck...rather it is a wonderful blend of skill and politics. Beyond that it promotes a communal gaming style that keeps everyone interacting for the full game and keeps everyone guessing as to what the final outcome will be. I think the game only works with four, and is wonderful in a casual gaming environment (yet it posseses enough strategy to make it a 'gamer's game' as well.)
If you can find a copy of this little gem (like I did at a thrift store for $3.95), buy it, you'll be glad you did.
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