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- For 2-5 players
- Historical theme
- Tons of replay value
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The flow of the game is pretty simple. It's split up in to 9 rounds. Each round you can do two actions and then hire a helper. There are three major resources in the game:
- Influence markers. These are the core of the game. Each player has a limited number, and you need them to gain the benefits of various buildings.
- Gold. This is used to hire helpers, and also can be donated to Notre Dame to gain Prestige.
- Prestige. This is basically points, you need to have the most at the end of 9 rounds to win.
There is also a Plague aspect where each round, your plague level goes up. You can control it by having influence at hospitals, but the punishment for maxing out plague is low, so it's usually not worth paying that much attention to.
There are some interesting aspects to the game. There are very few cards. You are in fact guaranteed to see every card every 3 rounds (after 3 rounds, you reshuffle, and that's repeated three times), so even though there is some randomness, you have a high degree of control over what you are able to do.
The game plays really fast, and like I said, it's really easy to learn. There are picture descriptions of what everything does, and the game has a really excellent manual with quick-reference material as needed.
It also plays great with 2-players, so if you don't have a full group, this is a great bet. This is one of my favorite 2-player strategy board games.
Notre Dame comes in the box pictured. Inside the box are included an attractive 8 page set of instructions and one reference insert (all printed in color on glossy letter-sized paper), 5 game board sections (more on this below), 3 Notre Dame tiles, 45 action cards, 15 person cards, 70 influence markers, 5 black markers, 5 trusted friends, 5 carriages, 1 bell-ringer, 20 messages, 25 gold coins, and 84 prestige tokens. There is also a black plastic item and card organizer that occupies the box. This organizer has two obvious compartments for cards and five other compartments (one in each corner as well as one large compartment in the center). I'm not really sure how exactly the organizer is intended to be used, though, and the plastic it is made out of is very thin and non-durable. My organizer had two cracks in the corners upon arrival (probably not too important). In terms of the game boards, each player gets one and you assemble them into the overall game board depending on how many players you have (and the Notre Dame tiles always go in the middle). The boards are irregular octagons made from cardboard with attractive designs and a nice glossy finish (the boards are a large part of what attracted me to the game in the first place). The cards are about the same size as regular playing cards and have attractive illustrations, and are probably a bit less durable than regular playing cards (they feel more cardboard-like and less plastic but I don't really know and it's not extremely noticeable). The influence markers and rat markers are small (maybe 1/4" cubed), colored wooden cubes. The trusted friends and carriages are made of the same wooden material but are in more complex shapes.Read more ›
It's not too heavy, and yet there's also not a sense that so much strategic fat has been trimmed from the design that the end result is muddied by excessive randomness or that game-play becomes a mere shuffling of cardboard and wood with no real flavour, as is the case with some euros we've seen over the years. In many respects I suppose it is an exercise in efficiency, as many euros are, but the random draw of the cards forces you to plan different paths each game, the draft mechanic adds elements of fun and indirect interaction, and the risk management associated with the rats adds tension, all of which prevent it from being categorized with the mundane or blase.Read more ›
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Pretty good game has some elements that set it apart and make it a different exp from say Puerto Rico or agricola. Makes it a worthy addition to your boardgame collection.Published on November 21, 2011 by some luser
Fun strategy game to play. My husaband loves it--but most Rio Grande games are great. Came to us in perfect condition.Published on August 24, 2011 by Amber