Cleopatra And The Society of Architects
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- Cleopatra and the Society of Architects is suitable for 3 to 5 players
- ages 10 and up
- playing time 60 minutes. Ranked #290 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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In Cleopatra, you draw cards from a marketplace and use them as resources, much like Settlers of Catan or railcards in Ticket to Ride. With the resources, you can build several different portions of Cleopatra's Temple. For building the pieces, you get various amounts of good points (called Talents). At the end of the game the person with the most Talents wins. Unless...
The "unless" is if you have the most bad points (called corruption amulets) then you lose. You gain these amulets by taking various shortcuts. The number of amulets you have is also secret, so the game is a balancing act of taking shortcuts to get ahead, but not taking too many such that you end up being the person with the most amulets.
The game also involves other various strategic elements. Of the different Temple pieces you can build, there are bonuses that allow for some strategy in choosing what to build and when. There are also a few cards mixed in with the resources that allow you to do something special (lost amulets, take a discarded card, charge other players resources, etc.) at some cost (usually you gain amulets). There is also an event that may occur at some point in the game in which all players bid their talons (good points) secretly, and whoever bids the most loses several amulets while everyone else gains amulets (whoever bid the second-most talons gains one or two, the next gains two or three, the next three or four, etc.).Read more ›
I'd only recently realized the similarity between Catan and Cleopatra because we've been playing Catan a lot lately. The games are pretty comparable in terms of difficulty. The big difference? Cleopatra is gorgeously produced! Across the board the components are better than Catan in every respect. Artwork -- check. Durability -- check. Storage and packaging -- double check (this game has pretty much has some of the best packaging I've seen. The quarry and most of the temple components lift right out and are ready for play with no fuss.)
Due to the corruption game mechanic, this game clearly plays better with 5 people than with 3. With more players it's harder to know who's likely to be most corrupted, or who's most likely got the most talents, and that makes the game more interesting.
Not sure if this game is still in print, but if you can get your hands on it, you should! You can't have my copy.
This game is such eye candy! You build the temple while you play! It attracts attention when you play it. Great concept.
"Cleopatra" is certainly one of the most entertaining and visually appealing of any game based around Ancient Egypt. Other reviewers have already stated the finer points of the scoring mechanics, strategy and appeal, so I only have this to add:
The Days of Wonder website says the English version of this game is out of print. The good news is that some of them can still be found at discounts. Get this one while you can, and share it with as many people as you know who enjoy a good board game. You'll get a weird look when you tell them you need the bottom of the game box to start building the temple, but once they figure out the strategy and the temple starts coming together, they will be asking you with huge smiles where you got this game.
Everyone seems to have something different they like about it. For some it's just the theme and visual components, for others it's the challenge of knowing when to risk getting extra "corruption" tokens in exchange for more points. For me, it's definitely the pentominoes that make up the courtyard. I could spend an hour just playing with those by themselves.
Hard for me to pick a favorite game from Days of Wonder, but this one is fantastic. Get one if you can find one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very fun game! Beautifully done, but a bit confusing to figure out the first time.Published 15 months ago by Aisha Leigh
It's in great condition but it came in german instead of englishPublished 21 months ago by Frederic Cote
as above.... Can make do but not what I ordered, slightly disappointed but overall a great game, happy for it to be in my collectionPublished on December 24, 2013 by Aaron Woodford
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
They say that Cleopatra was one of the most expensive films made in cinematic history. Read more
I love Days of Wonder Games, it seems like you can never go wrong when you buy a Days of Wonder Game. This was such a good price I couldn't pass it up!Published on February 22, 2012 by M. Little
I took a little while to understand instructions but as soon as I and my friends understood them we played and enjoy it a lot. I won all times friends are too corrupt haha.Published on January 23, 2012 by Santi
This game is fun and a bit different than your normal game as you use the box as part of your board! It plays differenlty too and keeps you engaged. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by M3
I've never seen a more creative game--it's even fun to lose. Getting eaten by the crocodiles, offering "prayers" to Anubis--or anyone else who will listen, 3D building that's not... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Aubrey Lively