Klicka för svenska      Maestro

Distributor: Casper
Category: Money/points
Players: 2-4 (best with 3-4)
Play time: 00:30
Ages: 8+
Content:   1  game board 
  4  agencies 
  1  bag of plastic counters (black=50p, blue=10p, green=5p and red=1p) 
14  applause cards 
  1  critic card with plastic foot 
56  musician cards (46 musicians and 10 maestri)
Game target: To have collected the most points, when the last applause card is put down. You collect the points by putting out your musicians in a row on the game board. however you must start every row by replace one of the marked musicians by a maestro. You also get 10 points each turn you start with the critic, which you get each time you fill up an orchestra (=a row).
Rules: Rules in English    (from Game Cabinet)
Rules in Swedish
Strategy: You have to keep track of many musicians there are of each type. Is there only one of a kind, you need to put it out as soon as possible, alternatively, put it at a low point at your agency. (All musicians in the agency, gives minus points at the end of the game.) In the correspondent way you'll try to block those squares with an Maestro, if an opponent have a unique musician. 
Do you have a big lead in points, it might be a good tactic to draw the most possible number of cards (=3) in each turn, so the game is ended, because you are blocked to make a move. This tactic is especially good, if the other opponents already have quite filled up agencies. A side effect of this strategy, is that the applause squares may also fill up and in that way end the game. 
Remember though, that a full agency give 55 minus points at the end of the game!
Comments: The game of the year in Sweden 1991. 
I experienced the game a little drawn-out the first time, but it's getting better after a few times. It's quite good to play with only 2 players, which gives the game more tempo, but it's a bigger risk, that the game becomes unbalanced, as one of the players may keep the "critic" for a long time, which gmay give a big lead in points. 
The plastic counters have I marked with their values with help of a felt-tip pen. This ought to be done from the very beginning, as their values not are naturally connected to their colour.

 
 
 

 
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