492Re: Chinatown/Negotiation Games
- Aug 1, 2000Dave Bernazzani <dber@g...> wrote:
> Speaking of Funagain reviews - I just read the 6th review forDavid and I played Chinatown a few times in Munich when it was new.
> Anyone out
> here played it more than once know what's what with the game?
I liked it the first time (we were all newbies to the game), but the
other times really turned me off of it. I always mosey-ed on over to
another table when it was pulled out at the gaming group on Long
It's just one of those games that can bring out the worst in
negotiating and negotiators. The problem is, as Craig said I think,
that if you can't get in on trades, you can really be shut out of a
game entirely. Additionally, it is possible to calculate almost
exactly how much each side will benefit from a trade, which can make
the scheming really evil. Those last two times I played it was with
players who always need to win and who were merciless with their deal-
making. A la: "Yeah, yeah you're only going to make 2,000 while I
make 15,000 from this deal, but without this you're hosed for the
rest of the game! Come on, come on, you have no choice." or "If I
trade with you, I make 8 and you make 4, or I trade with him and he
makes 3 and I make 7, or with her and then I'm still 4 points up on
everybody, so it doesn't matter."
This once again proves Jenn's theory that it's not just the game, but
also who you're playing it with! I still want to believe, however,
that there are some negotiating games out there where this kind of
thing doesn't or possibly even can't happen and that Chinatown is a
little weak in this regard (but perhaps they're all like this and
they're just not for me). What say you negotiator types out there???
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