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glen phillips
United States
Castro Valley
California
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10
Dec 2006*
Martin Wallace shines again with another very very intersting, charming and beautiful game. It's a mastery of blending mechanics. There's a lot of hearty flavor to this deep game. I need more plays, but it seems that controlling Sparta is the heart of the game, it's hard to beat he who controls Sparta.
2006-12-30*
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Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Oct 2007*
Brilliant.
2013-07-27
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Cezary Gajdecki
Poland
Opole
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10
Oct 2007*
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Xi Bi
China
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10
Oct 2007*
Excellent game. Ancient Greece, Elections, Combat--what more do you want?
2007-10-14*
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Sam Corwin
United States
Kansas
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10
Nov 2007*
Elections "Old School" style.
2007-11-20*
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Marcin Jakubiec
Poland
Cieszyn
Śląsk
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10
Nov 2007*
Owned
Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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10
Dec 2009*
My favorite Wallace game. Excellent game with a lot of feel to it for those times and their events, which is neatly portrayed in the game.
2010-10-18
Owned
Diego Mascheroni
United States
Miami
Florida
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10
Jun 2008*
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Rodney P
United States
Syracuse
New York
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10
Jul 2010
I haven't played this enough to be sure of it's 9 rating, however, I sure do feel like playing it some more.
2008-09-29*
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Łukasz
Poland
Warsaw
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10
Nov 2009*
Can't stop thinking of how wonderful this game is - very clever area control mechanism (in both cities and during wars) with some luck involved. Brilliant.

Review - to be written.

My initial rate was 9.5 but after third play, when really the game 'clicked on' me, I had to rate it up to 10 where it will remain forever.

In this game everything is perfect. If I were to name one shortfall it would be the game proneness to AP - particularly when deploying the units some people tend to stall the gameplay. Otherwise - it is the best game in the world. Period.

You may want to read my review: http://www.geekdo.com/thread/438995
2009-09-04
Owned
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Howie Dawson
United States
Grosse Pointe Woods
Michigan
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10
May 2010
Owned
Alan
United States
Baltimore
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10
Jan 2012
Owned
Want To Play
Poland
Warsaw (The Capital of Poland)
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10
Oct 2012
Owned
Dariusz Góralski
Poland
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10
Nov 2013
Owned
Andrius is Lietuvos
Lithuania
Kaunas
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Last played: Steam: Great Britain, Eurorails, Kingdom Builder:Nomads
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10
Dec 2014
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Mamés Cisneros
Spain
Barcelona
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10
Apr 2015
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9.9
Oct 2012
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2010-01-03
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Guy Riessen
United States
Sebastopol
California
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9.5
Sep 2013
Glad to see the ratings on this one finally picking up and heading slowly toward where they should have been from the start. This game is brilliant! Who would've thought based on looking at the board, that those two boring looking columns of attacker and defender boxes would be so edge-of-your-seat exciting--it looks dreadful dull, and yet you'll be sweating bullets from the moment those hidden value units start dropping into place. The area control--great...assassination for last second control win--great...Persians for the win---great!

yeah, we like it
2013-09-28
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Neil Helmer
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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9.5
May 2007*
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David Seddon
United Kingdom
Congleton
Cheshire
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9.5
Apr 2008*
In the long run, I'd say this is likely to prove to be as good a game as Struggle of Empires - though it's much quicker. I love the balancing mechanisms the game has. It's a lot of fun and deep without suffering too much AP - downtime is not an issue. It's a a stonking success, and I am very keen to play this as often as I can.

The different cities can all have their attractions, I love the way the cubes placed as influence are often snatched away by the Machievelian tactics of others. I love the addition of the Persians to the mix and I love the way the battles come out and are decided. Really the game is a veritable cornucopia of wonderful ideas.

You also get a nice product for your money. The box, board, rules and chits are attractively and glossily done. However, the rules are typically Wallacian. They are a nightmare to read the first time. An experienced player could explain this one MUCH better than the rules do. You think "what is this all about?" Luckily, it all falls into place beautifully! Having played it about 5 or 6 times now, I'd have to raise this to the honourable heights of a 9.5. A really good game with a lot of subtlety and edgy balancing mechanisms.

This one continues to surprise me. When you read the blurb, it sounds kind of dry. The board makes it look like Tower of Babel - which put me right off to start with.
The game is anything but dry.

Good points:
I can think of few combat games where you don't normally know who's won until you add up the points. This one's just like that. It's as tight as the proverbial duck's back-passage. In five player games at least three are usually neck and neck and often 4 or 5.
The Persians are a touch of genius.
The combat system is simple enough for a Euro without being boring - I find Antike, Imperial and Vinci deadly dull in that respect. Here, you don't know who's won until they do. A contested battle is never totally cut and dried.
Several ways of winning. You can balance them up or swing heavily towards one. All seem to be about as likely to get you a win. Now that's clever!
Very quick to play - 90 mins once you know it
Edgy in both parts of a turn - chit picking and battles
The special chits add just the right amount of uncertainty.
2008-04-22*
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Bret Clifton
United States
Spokane Valley
Washington
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9.5
Apr 2010
Wow. The rulebook sure is confusing compared to the actual game, which plays lovely. Fun premise with so much to think about. Decisions before battle really do take away the randomness of the dice for the most part. Each phase has a lot to think about. Be careful you aren't on the outside of a naturally alliance for a turn or two.
2009-01-30*
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Łukasz Kargol
Poland
Gdynia
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9.5
Jan 2013
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Jonathan Hildenbrand
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9.5
Aug 2012
There is so much tension packed into the battles. This is a highly underrated game.
2011-10-11
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Darci Rawlins
United States
jacksonville
Illinois
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9.5
Aug 2012
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Alberto Bancora
Spain
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9.16
Dec 2007*
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