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- Over 400 stunning miniatures
- Historically accurate money (gold Spanish dollars and silver pieces of eight)
- Easy to learn European Style game system
- Multiple paths to victory
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Being the OCD dad, we carefully count each piece before we put the game away, but my kids are troopers. At the end of the game, we have a quick 10 minute discussion about which strategies worked and what they would do different. It seems like a good game to teach strategy, planning and forward thinking. Mainly, it's nice to tear everyone away from their screens and play a game for two hours as a family.
This is a fun, exciting, well balanced, perfectly paced multiplayer game of imperialism, with lots of quality pieces and, most welcome of all, a minimal feeling of "blind luck" influencing events.
I'll address the last point first: everything, from resources, to units, to turn order, can be bought. You decide what you want, and how important it is to you, and then make sure you get it. There's no waiting to get what you need if you want it. Luck does arise when resources are made available, and also by keeping certain aspects of the newly explored lands secret until you explore there. But this just keeps things exciting.
The pacing is good too, which is a hard thing to get right in a complicated, 4+ hours game. It intensifies toward the end, rather than just become repetative. Part of that is probably from hardwiring a raising of stakes through the ages (more expensive/important buildlings and discoveries - similar to what Witches Brew does with its increasingly expensive & powerful cards); and part of the intensification is intrinsic to natural game flow.
The number of things you can do per turn is staggering at first, but adds fantastic depth. The range of strategies you can use is vast. You can go for an aggression/warfare approach, concentrate on colonization, or stock up on merchant ships and depend mostly on trade; or any combination, plus a heavy or light dependence on important buildings, or on exploration... It keeps the game really fresh, and the player feels like he's in a toystore with too many toys to play with.Read more ›
If you've ever played any worker placement games ala Stone Age or Pillars of the Earth but felt like the things you were doing in it didn't really amount to very much, this game changes that. Everything you do correlates to something else going on in the game which you can use to get points later on. You can never truly count yourself out of this one, which is partly what makes it so great! Claim territory, Discover new lands, gain money with goods; all will hopefully pay off for you in the end. Oh, there is also a fighting mechanism (which I got demolished by the last time I played) which adds a whole lot more competition when claiming the new world for points.
Despite some reviewers complaints, once you play through a round or two, you really start to get the hang of what is going on and start thinking "I hope the other guy doesn't take the spot I want!" Streamlined, relatively simple and VERY LITTLE DOWN TIME! Great game and I highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great worker placement game for three to five people.Published 1 month ago by Charles R. Nichols Jr.
The directions are horrible. The game is very fun. Just be prepared to have to define some of the rules or the way cards/buildings are used for yourself.Published 8 months ago by T. Nelson
I have seen people play this game, and it looks really fun! I want to get this game! Seems like it is almost impossible to find brand new though.Published 10 months ago by Peasantville
This game is a mixture between worker placement and area control. Each turn players place their workers on a variety of different spaces that discover and populate parts of the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tony
Great game, not very much like the pc game but complex and enjoyable!Published 17 months ago by joni rolle
Very fun game. My family plays a lot of board games together; my little brother got this one and the interaction during game-play is awesome and funny. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KRIS L VAN LIEW
Bought this game for my son for christmas. He is 8 and he loves it. He plays the computer game all the time so he just had to have the board game.Published on January 10, 2014 by Miranda Curtis
Fun. Every time play different stratages. Better with 3 or more players. Worth getting and easy to learn hard to masterPublished on October 11, 2013 by Leslie
My husband and I like playing board games, so we bought this game in hopes that it would be a nice addition to our collection. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Home. Love. Books.