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Justin Thompson
United States
Virginia
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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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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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Rick weckermann
Canada
Powell River
British Coumbia
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10
Sep 2010
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Nevin Ball
United States
Dallas
Texas
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That tickles!
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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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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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Zac Peake
United Kingdom
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
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Jan 2011
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Contrel Zed
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10
Jul 2010
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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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Doug Epperson
United States
Frederick
MD
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Oct 2010
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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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Ricardo Viera
Spain
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Jun 2015
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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.
2015-06-21
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Jarkko Laurila
Finland
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Jan 2011
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george seary
United States
endwell
New York
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Jul 2011
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John Griffey
United States
Houston
Texas
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Oct 2010
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Ulf Johansson
Sweden
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Dec 2010
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Juan Olmo
United States
Bronx
New York
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10
Feb 2011
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Nathan Taylor
United States
Michigan
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Mar 2011
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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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James Mckane
Australia
SYDNEY
N.S.W
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Jul 2011
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Canada
Winnipeg
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10
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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Jul 2011
Great game!
2011-07-15
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JUAN OLMO
United States
Bronx
New York
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Oct 2011
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Piotr Derengowski
Poland
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Oct 2011
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Bob Wooster
United States
Wooster
Ohio
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"He who runs with aggression, walks without dignity."
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Apr 2015
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Courtney Malpas

Chambersburg
Pennsylvania
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Dec 2013
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Rob Perkins
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Jan 2014
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Daniel Rüttimann
Switzerland
Luzern
Schweiz
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Jul 2015
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Jean Lannes
United States
Massachusetts
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May 2012
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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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Jody O
Canada
Scarborough
Ontario
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Feb 2015
you wander for a very long time through the frozen landscape. Then you are chased down and eaten by a Dragon Master Gazebo.

Your score, 7/10.
2015-06-16
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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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Tom Drueding
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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Aug 2012
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sgt stiffler
United States
Kansas
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Sep 2012
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Epameinondas Paizanos
Greece
Athens
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Mar 2013
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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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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Obsolete Man
United States
Texas
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Aug 2013
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michele romanelli
United States
Winnabow
North Carolina
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Jun 2015
Rules are complete, short and accessible. Game is challenging, fast and absorbing. Components are attractive. My only complaint is the excessive thickness of the blocks which causes crowding of the map.
2013-12-31
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Harry Sidebottom
United Kingdom
Ely
Cambridgeshire
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Sep 2013
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Karlheinz Seidel
Germany
Hof
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Feb 2014
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Scott Davis
United States
Tri-Cities
Washington
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10
Aug 2014
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Blake Cartwright
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Oct 2014
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Tor Andersson
Sweden
Lund
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Aug 2014
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Hugo Carvalho
Germany
Berlin
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Sep 2014
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Sebastiao Alves
Brazil
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Oct 2014
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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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Mike M
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Mar 2015
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Wey Scoggin
United States
Texas
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Jan 2015
Wow!
2015-01-12
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