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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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Cleopatra & the Society of Architects is a fun and engaging family game unlike any you've played before.Inside you will find a three-dimensional palace that you race to build against your fellow players. Corrupt officials and building materials of dubious origin may help you stay ahead, but beware: the price of corruption is sure to be high!

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Product Dimensions 12 x 3 x 12 inches
Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000EMJAGE
Item model number DOW7501
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #184,055 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#4,958 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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Cleopatra is, in a quick overview, a game that focusing on trying to acquire enough good points to win without acquiring enough bad points (which may cause you to lose even if you had the most good points). It's for 3 or more people, but there is a variation on the Days of Wonder website for 2 people.

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.).
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This is one of the best games that we've played. All of our friends who have played it instantly become addicted. It's also great because it's shorter than most of the others ranging from 1 hr-1 1/2 hrs. I definitely recommend it if you play any of theses games: Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Puerto Rico, or Shadows over Camelot.
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The easiest way to explain this game is to compare it to Settlers of Catan, but without the trading. Each player will be collecting resource cards, although in this case the mechanism is choosing a pile of cards from the market, rather than rolling dice (Catan). Then you build components of the temple to earn "talents" (rather than settlemens, cities, and roads). There are special cards that either have bonus resources, or special abilities, but in almost every case you will acquire corruption for using them. Corruption may help you build fast, and collect the most "talents", but whoever is the most corrupted at the end of the game is thrown to the crocs by Cleopatra. There are only a couple ways to get rid of your corruption, so you definitely need manage your corruption and keep an eye on the other players.

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.

Definitely recommend!
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The thing I love the most about the "big-box" games from Days of Wonder is that you can can immerse yourself in a very thematic gaming experience for just a couple of hours, and there is something for everyone whether you like Camelot, pirates, smuggling, mystery, fantasy, military, etc.

"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.
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