Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#60: Basari (Mark's 100 - 2012)


Mark's Ranking
  • 2012: 60th
  • 2010: 48th
  • 2005: 48th
  • appeared on all three lists


  • rank: 620
  • rating: 6.80

Print Status

  • OOP

Why It's On The List

  • A negotiation game - well, actually a bartering game - with multiple ways to enhance your score... and the dice add a nice helping of uncertainty & tension.

Tips & Tricks:

    • It plays best with 4 players.
    • While I've been warned that there was/is a potential kingmaker problem, it's never been an issue for me.


    • The game was reimagined as Edel, Stein & Reich (published by Alea but never in English)... while that's a fine game that will allow five people to play, I like Basari better.
    • It's almost themeless - though someone once suggested it's about young Arab merchants trying to prove their worth as potential husbands to a caliph in fame [vp's], wealth [gems], and physical process [circling the board]... but it's nowhere in the rules themselves!
    • Here's what I wrote about Basari for The One Hundred.

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