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Distributor: Eurogames
Category: Strategy game
Players: 3-5 players (best with 4-5 players)
Play time: 120-180 minutes
Ages: 12+
Content:     1 Game Board representing the Mediterranean region 
144 Cards consisting of:
         - 3 Player Role Cards: Director of Commerce, Political Leader, Military Leader.
         - 5 Civilization Specific Heroes, one for each civilization.
         - 6 General Heroes
         - 7 Wonders of the World
         - 123 Resource Cards comprised of: 35 Tax Cards, and 88 Commodity Cards 
  58 Cardboard Building Tokens representing various buildings:
         - 28 Caravans
         - 12 Markets
         - 12 Cities
         -   6 Temples
    5 Sets of 33 Wooden Game Pieces (one set for each of 5 colours). Each set consists of:
         - 21 Military Units: 5 Triremes (an ancient boat), 8 Legions (figurines), 8 Fortresses (tall octagons).
         - 12 Influence Markers (round tokens)
    5 Player Aid Cards, (1 for each civilization), initial set-up of the game and summary of the rules 
    8 Six-Sided Dice
    1 Rule book
Game target: To win the game, you must be the first player to either build The Pyramids, or own a combined total of 4 Wonders of the World and/or Heroes.
Rules: Rules in English
FAQ in English
Strategy: -
Comments: My edition is from 2003. The designer is Serge Laget.

This is the game I really was looking forward to this year. Unfortunately it didn't fulfil my expectations as a "Civilization" light game. True the rules are really compact and easy to catch up with, although you need the FAQ to clarify several points, which isn't explicitly mentioned. The game is both simple and deep, but it requires that all players have played it a few times to get a balance in it. For beginners is Greece too week, Rome too tough and Egypt has too easy to win. It seems as this is handled better with the advanced setup plus that the players know what to look for.

I still have good hope for the game, but unfortunately I have diificult to convince my friends to spend another 3 hours on it, even if I think it would be worth it, because I can feel that there is a good game beneath the initial games and it's one of the most gorgeous looking game I have.

Links: Designer's site 
Jocade (in French)
 

 
 

 

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