Clash of Cultures Board Game
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- For 2-4 players
- Strategy game
- Lots of replay value
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The reasons I love this game are:
1) The rules are simple to learn
2) The game is shorter than other games...by at least 1/2 the amount of time.
3) The most important reason of all...the way you win is to accomplish objectives. Objectives dictate how you play the game. So many civ games involve players to figure out their niche strategy and akin to chess, they play with the same opening moves over and over again and never deviate from that. If you do that in this game, you will lose. This game forces you to play different ways every time, and THAT is what keeps it refreshing instead of going stale.
Refreshing is what I love in a game, and hence my 5 star rating.
It plays 2-4, and each setup is so dramatically different that the strategy you might pursue for a 4-player game goes right out the window with a 2-player game. 2-players is probably my least favorite, but it's still worth trying with that number & is quite challenging in its own right.
Each player starts with a single village, a settler, and a handful of resources. Gathering resources will allow you to build more settlements and make technological & cultural advances, in turn providing you more options in your actions. However, growing technology and culture does come at a price; at points during the game, events will be triggered by passing certain levels of development, and these events generally are not pretty. Some are pretty awful, if you haven't taken the necessary precautions. On the other hand, an event, which on its surface seems bad, can be made to be quite beneficial if the player is skilled enough to make it so. The first few times I played this, everyone was so scared of the events that we timidly made improvements, trying to avoid triggering the events. Be advised, you pursue this Nervous Nellie strategy at your own peril.Read more ›
The map layout changes depending on the amount of players...and each tile is revealed as players explore. As the map is explored, "barbarians" could be discovered and then attack if certain events are pulled. These barbarians can affect the game greatly in the beginning of the game, but as your civilization grows, their effectiveness lessens.
Players can gain resources depending on where their cities are located and then research various technologies based on the amount of food they have. These technologies help develop the civilizations faster and also gain advantages over the other players. They also help customize the game and increases the replay value greatly.
Combat is done with dice, but its randomization is lessened by how their Combat Value is determined. A player's amount of dice is determined by the amount of army units s/he has. When rolled, the amount of hits are determined by adding the value of the dice together and dividing by five. So, while there is randomization...it still works pretty well.
The components of the game are well-made and should hold up for a long time. I use a bead case to hold all of the pieces, but they barely all fit because there are so many. As a result, it could be fairly easy to lose one, so you will want to be careful.
Overall, I really love this game. I think it is superior to the Civilization board game and I cannot wait to play it again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm an avid board gamer and this is my favorite. You are going to be at about an hour per player, but what a great time! Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Myers
Like a lot of these Euro Games nowadays, this CLASH OF CULTURES is another "smokes and mirrors" game: the box is heavy, hundreds of components, pretty rule book, but the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Botnik Roller
I was extremely disappointed by the quality of the pieces in the printing I received. The ships were in three pieces (hull and two sails). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sam Hicks
Absolutly LOVE this game! I think coupled with the expansion this games flowers into what it should be. Diverse, energetic, full of intrigue.Published 15 months ago by Pieter Heyneke
Civilization games can be hard for me to get into, mostly because I'm a big fan of civilization video games. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony
I learned of this game at a friend's monthly game gathering. Then I purchased it for home to play with my son. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Water Guru
loved this game but i think it might be missing some pieces if you're planning to buy clash of cultures be aware it takes a long time to play our first time... Read more