Twilight Struggle vs Watergate – Play This, Not That


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Twilight Struggle dominated the number game of all time for years before finally being upended by Pandemic Legacy and then Gloomhaven after that. An incredible tug of war of a game, it was then followed up by 1960: The Making of the President, and most recently Watergate, a game that captures the essence of Twilight Struggle but in a fraction of the playing time. But is it a fraction of the experience as well? Which one is a better game and why?

0:00:00 – Introduction
0:01:01 – A Word of Warning
0:01:20 – Why These Games Are Worth Comparing
0:05:40 – Price
0:06:20 – Theme
0:09:40 – Art & Components
0:13:10 – Mechanics
0:34:30 – Play This, Not That

5.0 – My absolutely favorite games. You can pry them out of my cold dead hands.
4.5 – Love this game! At the same time missing something that would make it a 5. Could be hard to table, lacking variability, a little light, etc.
4.0 – Really great game, almost always keeping, although has meaningful complaints as to what takes away from the experience.
3.5 – Really enjoyed, don’t love it, may lose out to better games but the idea of never playing again is a bit sad.
3.0 – A good game, would play and suggest with the right people, if I never played it again wouldn’t lose any sleep.
2.5 – A game I’d play again , but will never suggest it myself
2.0 – A game I don’t want to play again
1.5 – A game I can’t find any reason to recommend
1.0 – A game that is just bad.

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