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Lindsay Scholle
Australia
St Ives, 2075
NSW
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10
Jun 2011
Plays differently to HoS and Richard III. Where HoS see saws between offensive play and defensive play, and Richard III is a three turn buildup, JC is not as scripted in comparison. You can spend much of the game fighting over Rome in a multi-year battle of attrition, or take the fight to the East or West. Games vary more and as such with the simple rules and shorter playing time it'd be my first choice as a block game off the shelf between the three.

With no home territories the units are a lot more free to roam and there's a lot more fog of war with the block types and strengths. I like the point to point movement, the levies built into the cards, and the geographical quirks of straits and multiple sea major ports. Control of the seas varies from turn to turn and you find yourself planning to make the most of it as the next year it could be a different story.

With actions and levies built into the cards they are varied and balanced and make each hand interesting with timing, setting up moves and patience when using god cards. All in all an excellent block game and I'd recommend this as the first to try if you want to get into them.
2011-06-23
Justin Thompson
United States
Virginia
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10
Mar 2010
As the Designer I will always believe in my games! I have played over 300 games of Julius Caesar and I can tell you.....you are in for a great time playing it.

I hope you enjoy my first game design. I also hope it won't be my last! It's kind of like having a baby.

Also thanks for all the kind words about my game design. It really means a lot to me to hear it!

Justin Thompson
2010-07-26
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Ricardo Spinola
Portugal
Lisboa
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10
Mar 2015
Simple rules, strategic level and great theme.
Compared to HotS, it is simplier but less dense. You can't have it all. They are both great games. Among the best of Columbia for me. Plays fast for what it is.
2015 update: Played with a non-gamer (and non-wargamer) who said in the end "this is too complicated. You have a rule for every move. I prefer power grid or settlers, or another game we played, what was its name? I remember, it was Quo Vadis"!!! Well, it was my mistake. Next time i will chose a eurogame with conflict. The session lasted 12 hours. Everything was slow: lunch, walk, first game try, dinner, second game try, all with 15 minutes for every army move...
Had a great experience though, as always with this game.
2015-04-13
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Matthew Looby
United States
Wadhams
New York
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Mar 2011


Just returned from Prezcon 2011...I played this game a lot!

I have to say... this is an extremely well balanced game..
with extremely high replay value. I highly recommend this
game!

2011-03-02
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Nevin Ball
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
Jul 2011
I LOVE THIS GAME! Easy to learn but has a lot of depth and decisions to make each turn. Each player feels the pressure and the map is a lot more open than Hammer of the Scots.
2011-07-10
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Yoki Erdtman
Sweden
Södertälje
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10
Nov 2014
Julius Caesar is an awesome 2-player wargame. It's full of tension, and while mostly tactical, you can certainly have a strategy from the outset.

The mixture of simple rules, beautiful and very functional blocks, make this an instant classic. Sure the map would have been better as a mounted board, and I could've lived with it being a bit larger. The game should also have come with some player aids, and reference for set-up and levying. All these are available from 3rd parties.

My 9 rating is preliminary, as I have yet to complete a game, but I have little doubt that this will earn a solid 10 rating.

2012-02-16
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David Bohnenberger
United States
Swarthmore
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2011
Upped rating. A very well-polished, quick-playing game that rewards clever play. Get it.
2010-11-07
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Damian Mastrangelo
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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10
Jul 2010
Another fantastic Columbia block game! Very well balanced, great for new players and experienced players alike. As someone who is colorblind, I found the green/tan blocks that came with the game to be indistinguishable from one another, but Grant at Columbia Games furnished me with a new set of black and white blocks. Columbia's customer service is second to none!
2010-07-22
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Mark Adams
United States
Washington
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Sep 2010
Subject: I playtested Julius Caesar as Pompey
I enjoyed playtesting the game even though I got a bloody nose playing as Pompey. This strategic level game is set in the waning days of the Roman Republic and the players will determine the fate of that Republic. It's hard to find good strategic games and there are not that many from this period of history.

The game is well balanced. The difference between victory and defeat will often be a knife edge. Players will want to try different tactics and no two games will be alike. This game will be replayed. I enjoyed the texture of the componets which added to the enjoyment of playing.
2010-09-07
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Sebastian Sohn
United States
culver city
CA
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10
Oct 2010
The PERFECT wargame!

Short, intense, blocks AND card-driven--what more can I ask for?
2010-10-26
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Charlie Wilson
United Kingdom
Holmfirth
West Yorkshire
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10
Sep 2010
Finally an ancients block game that delivers. Everything that Athens and Sparta should have been. Julius Caesar is a great game with the usual Columbia games components, the artwork is spot on and the game looks great. The rules are simple to grasp but offer a great deal of variety in gameplay. Use of the Navis units to give sea control for amphibious movement really opens up the gameplay. Highly recommended game.
2010-09-27
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Harmonica
Netherlands
Tilburg
Noord-Brabant
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Dec 2010
A truly great gamesystem that can be played in 2.5 hours. I especially like the way fleets co-operate with the land-based units. Very clever!

Many strategic options are availlable and daring moves may pay out. However in battles there may be a certain amount of luck. Julius Caesar is not Chess.
2014-12-24
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Alessandro Bordin
Italy
Padova
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10
Aug 2011
A great game. Rules are essential, gameplay is fast but it's still a true challenging wargame.
2011-07-19
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Brad Ostrowski

Virginia
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10
May 2011
Just the best game I have ever played! Learned it from Justin himself!

Wow what a game!

2011-05-09
James Peterson
United States
Virginia
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10
May 2011
Great Game!
2011-05-09
James Mckane
Australia
SYDNEY
N.S.W
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Jul 2011
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Canada
Winnipeg
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Feb 2012
Initial thoughts:

Great, smoothly playing game. Seems to be lots of depth with little rules overhead to get in the way.

After a few more plays:

What an amazing game! I read through the eight pages of rules and thought "is this all there is to it"? The first game was interesting. I wondered if the game play would get stale with just a couple of strategies.

But after a half dozen plays every game has played out completely differently. There is some "magic" to this game that I can't quite figure out. Maybe having the Mediterranean Sea in the middle of the board is the secret. Movement tends to be fast using ships across the sea but slow over land around the periphery. Positions can appear static but then change dramatically in a few surprising moves.

There is a sub game all to itself about controlling the sea zones. Then I discovered you can use navies with their attached marines to aid your land battles and my mind was blown. Suddenly the sea zone sub-game became intertwined with the land battles. Add to this the card play which add just the right amount of chaos to make a turn never certain, hidden but varied units to allow bluff, and you have a classic game that will always have a cherished place in my collection.

Oh, and you get this great experience in 2-3 hours. What more could you want in a war game?
2012-02-15
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Gregory Barnard
United States
Illinois
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10
Jul 2011
Great game!
2011-07-15
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
Sep 2011
This is a great strategy game with simple rules and great mechanics. Plus the game plays in 2-3 hours and there is rush to do things and choose other things that you will not try to pursue. A lot of strategy! I am not a war gamer, and still I find this design very attractive. I have tried Quebec and Athens/Sparta from Columbia. Both these games were not good for me, but Julius is a great game that most likely will make me get Hammer of the Scotts. If you like games like Stone Age, Ticket to Ride, and you have fun with games like Memoir 44, then get your copy of Julius Caesar now!
2011-09-17
United States
Collierville
Tennessee
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10
Mar 2012
Great example of the block game, and now the standard that I judge others against. It has everything you want in a concise package.
2012-03-17
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Jonathan N. "Spartan Spawn, Sworn, Raised for Warring!"
United States
Summerville
South Carolina
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10
Jun 2014
First play rating of 9 of this for both my wife and I. I played Caesar, she Pompey. The game came down to the very last turn to determine the victor (She won by 2 points). In my books thats excellent game design.

10: Outstanding game. One of my all-time personal favorites.
2014-06-01
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Eric Knight
United States
Illinois
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Jul 2012
"Bravo Zulu" for Julius Caesar. I've played a couple of games since getting it this week (thanks for the quick ship -- in my eagerness, unfortunately, I put Caesar's stickers on the green squares and Pompey's on the tan just because I thought the colors more attractive that way) and I have to say, instant jump to top five wargames I've ever played.

I've been enjoying tabletop and miniature wargames since the late 70s (Tactics II by AH was the first I learned) and I'm not easily impressed, but wow! The rules are simple, yet deep, and the block system offers just the right amount of fog-of-war. There are plenty of decision points and just the right amount of luck thanks to the cards and dice. Fortune favors the prepared in this game, which is about right for ancient battles. The Combat Resolution System managed to accommodate speed, striking power, and attrition into a fairly simple combat system.

Now that I'm a father of three, I also appreciate a game that can be played in a couple hours, with plenty of room for food and drink on the table. The game might have been a 9, because I think the movement system is just a little confining (you might spend a lot of turns only able to move one set of blocks), but it deserves an extra point for being a great title to introduce new tabletop gamers to the hobby.

Columbia really knocked this one out of the park. The only negative is I have to sit down with my blu-ray of HBO's ROME again. This game sure put me in the mood to rally to the 13th Legion's Eagle.
2012-07-26
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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10
Apr 2013
This is my favorite of all the block games. It is easy to play and does not take long to play. There is a lot of back and forth action and a lot of strategy. The fleets really add a lot of options. The game is also fairly even with maybe a slight tilt toward Pompey. If you like the Columbia block games do not miss this one.
2013-04-19
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Jeffrey K
United States
Abilene
Texas
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10
Jan 2015
Printed map on 3x6 vinyl and would gladly play anytime.
2015-01-09
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Wey Scoggin
United States
Texas
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10
Jan 2015
Wow!
2015-01-12
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