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So Keith loaned me Confusion to try out with Kathy, who played a couple of games of it with me earlier this week. I think she appreciated the deduction and tactical elements of the game, but she came away lukewarm about it. She felt that there is a "spatial intuition" aspect of the game that isn't as strong for her as it is for me, with the result that the game is imbalanced between us. We agreed that for us, the most fun games are those in which we are fairly evenly matched and either of us can win on any given afternoon. Jaipur and Citadels come immediately to mind.
Before I return the game to Keith, though, I think I'll try to get my 18- and 13-year-old sons to play it. I think they might like the game, and the 13-year-old has a particular knack for spatial problem-solving (as well as chess), so he might do well with it. Whether I buy my own copy of the game will depend on how that goes.