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The Ark of the Covenant

by Cactus

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  • Based on the Award Winning Carcassonne Game
  • 2 - 5 Players
  • Ages 8 and Up
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • ASIN: B0006HCWNU
  • Item model number: UBR104
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,287 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Based on the Award Winning Carcassonne Game 2 - 5 Players Ages 8 and Up Based on Carcassonne, winner of the prestigious 2001 Game of the Year award, The Ark of the Covenant combines a timeless Old Testament story with an enjoyable game that families will enjoy over and over again. Joshua has led the children of Israel into the Promised Land and you have been given the unique responsibility to develop the area by building roads, cities, temples and raising sheep. Deploy a Prophet into the cities to preach repentance. Take on the sacred duty of moving The Ark of the Covenant around to different areas of the Land.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Musselman on February 1, 2008
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We love Carcassonne and play it all the time. We got this just for fun and for some variety, and we are happy with it.

It's very easy to learn if you're familiar with Carcassonne. It has some elements from other versions of Carc, and some new twists. If you're familiar with Carcassonne, it doesn't take long to come up with strategies, but as with all of these games, winning depends as much upon luck as strategy. You can "play nice" or "mean", too, which can add lots of fun!! The Ark movement is a nice addition for those times when you can't place meeple anywhere, and the temple scoring adds some suspense and at times, means tough decisions if you want to ensure winning the points.

Overall, this is a good addition to the Carcassonne family and is as much fun for 2 as it is for larger groups.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Bullock on May 24, 2009
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This is a really great game, even for people who don't love games. It is rather easy to learn, the pieces are colorful and of very good quality, and the game play, although not difficult, does not insult your intelligence by being too easy or childish. Oh, and the game is NOT about Indiana Jones or about religion- it is just about having more valuable land/farms/roads/etc than any other player. I recommend this game to anyone who wants to think a little, but not break their brain.
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Since this is hard to find, the "New World" version might be a more practical choice for introducing kids to Carcassone, although the best choice may be a computer or mobile version with special solitaire rules. Still, Arkassone has its fans for good reason.

Thematically, some parents might prefer another introduction to the game (New World or Hunters and Gatherers) because technically the game takes place during the genocidal invasion of Palestine by Israel. The game itself has NOTHING to do with that -- there is no violence per se in the game (unless one counts wolves eating sheep during final scoring), and the board disputes between players don't have to be regarded as violent. Still, given the underlying theme, there could be an implication of shepherd wars or civil wars over who gets to keep cities and trade routes. Parents may want to pre-consider how much of the context they want to talk about or expose their kids to at all, even though someone could easily play the game without this being a factor.
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I love Carcassonne and this is different version of that game. Lots of fun. My 8 year old grandson likes it better than Carcossonne.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J:-)mi on October 12, 2011
I highly recommend this game! There isn't anything particularly "Christian" about it, it certainly doesn't teach values or Bible facts, but it is a very enjoyable game!
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