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Phalanx Games Heart of Africa

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  • Historical themed board game
  • Accumulate victory points
  • Bidding is costly, but rewards are rich
  • For 2 to 5 players
  • Takes about an hour to play
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Between 1845 and 1870, many expeditions were penetrating the heartland of Africa. Names like Burton, Speke, Baker and Livingstone are set is stone: they became true heroes of the modern world. As manager of a colonial trading company, you initially have only limited resources. Each round, a bidding structure decides the order of turns. Although bidding is costly, rewards may be rich. Resources, conflict, choice of actions, wholesale trading and players' reputations are all matters of concern in this smooth and fast playing game.

From the Manufacturer

Heart of Africa is a meaty trading game where the players each lead a trading company which tries to make profits in Africa. Although Africa had been circumnavigated by the start of the 19th century, the continent remained largely undiscovered. One of the great mysteries was the source of the Nile, and explorers like Burton, Speke, Baker and Livingstone became legendary in their attempts to find it. Soon, Africa became the subject of colonialism and trade expansion, and that is where Heart of Africa begins. Initially, the players only have limited resources. A bidding structure decides who may conduct each next turn. Although bidding is costly, rewards may be rich… As each turn ends, players evaluate their score. Will they have enough victory points to win? This board game is for 2 to 5 players ages 10 and up. It takes about 60 minutes to play.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.8 x 2.4 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0009KS04O
  • Item model number: 4098737
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,286 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hofmann on March 13, 2012
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I bought this game with several other Phalanx Games from Mayfair, which is a top-flight game company, because they are on clearance sale. This game is around...$13 I believe? Marked down from the original price of $55. Love the game at $13, not that excited about it at $50. I noticed that this game, like so many others of Mayfair's games on clearance had no reviews, so I wanted to give them a square chance to entertain. This game had a single one-star review which seems unrelated to the actual play of the game itself, which actually encouraged me to buy this game in particular.

Some Euro Games are light on strategy, with lots of repetitive turns. Lots of European Games lack "conflict", but like most of the ones that do, this game is "diplomacy"-Like in that battles are determined largely from numerical superiority. Like Euro Games, there are no dice in "Heart of Africa". The random nature of battles are simulated by "conflict tiles" which demand the aggressor give up certain things to win the battle, the degree and value of what are given up dictates whether you want to win the conflict or not.

Heart of Africa has the same type of quick, repetitive turns, but has a lot of different action tiles that add a great deal of dimension to the strategy involved. Each turn, players bid for action initiative. Only one player conducts a turn, and only one player reaps the benefits of the turn. There are a series of units of exchange and currency as such. The principal unit of control and acquisition is a trader marker, a round colored disc. The principal unit of currency in the game are "Influence Markers". They are used to bid on action tiles, which can be used offensively in conflicts or for special actions during the turn or in collecting Victory Points (VP).
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1 of 44 people found the following review helpful By pfred4peace on December 4, 2005
I simply can not believe that anyone in the 21st century, with the exception of Nazis, would buy this for a child! I read the book, on which I am sure this is based, and it was an excellent education on the history of colonialism and imperialism. However this is an appalling way to apply this knowledge base. Buy the book or the televised documentary, but do not buy this game if you have any real interest in imparting this history in a positive way to a child.
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