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Café International

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Rudi Hoffman

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

Café International is a meeting place where guests from many different nations get together. Here, guests may have a nice chat with others while enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and some pie. That is why you will often find guests from different nations sitting at one table. If there is no seat available at the tables, guests may also sit at the bar. The purpose of the game is to bring as many people into the Café International as possible, according to these rules and by placing your small guests at the tables or at the bar in a clever way. Player score each round by seating guests at tables as allowed by these rules. They “record” their scores by taking the different colored chips (black=1 point, red=5 points, and blue=10 points). Players may also lose points when seating guests at the bar or having un-seated guests at the end of the game. Players make “make change” with their chips at any time when they earn or lose points so that the amount matches their gain or loss.

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Average Rating: 4.4 in 9 reviews

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Best For First Game
May 30, 2016

Im in love with this! i cant imagine that this would be so cool game! Easy to learn, but have enough deepness, perfect to teach first game for parents! Highly recommend this! Fast to play, and very cute design!

Waiter. Take my order. One Cafe International please.
February 15, 2003

Great game for gamers or newbies.

Easy to learn and play the first time out of the box.

And it's fun. And the theme fits the game play.

This one will make new players want to try more German type games.

Not quite a filler, but a relatively short game to play when you want something more.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Fun, light game.
April 08, 2001

This is an enjoyable game to play with my kids, and I think therefore a good one to begin getting children away from Candy Land and into strategy gaming. My 6-year-old daughter understands the game and enjoys it.

PLEASE NOTE: The English rules that Americans are using have a significant error (now confirmed by Amigo and Rudy Hoffman).

Namely, if you initiate a new table with a same-nation pair, you get FOUR points, not two (the English rules say two). And if someone then adds another same-nation guest to that table, they score SIX points, not three (the English rules say three). And if you finish a same-nation table, you get (logically) eight points (the English rules do get this part right, saying eight).

If you look at page 5 of the colorful German-language rulebook, you'll see a chart showing the different scoring counts, same-nation tables vs. international tables. The former score double the latter. Why the English rules fail to note this quite obvious illustration is a mystery to me. (And no, I can't read German.)

Thus, anyone playing Cafe International using the English rules translation by Jeff Goldsmith isn't scoring the game right.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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