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Luke Hackett
United States
Berkeley
California
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10
Apr 2006*
This is a great little exploring/war game. The basic mechanics are simple and easy to learn, but the cards make for some fairly interesting game play. There is a nice mix of luck and strategy. And in the end you have made a nice map, which I always find satisfying.
2006-04-29*
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Rub the wizard! You should probably wash your hands.
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10
Sep 2014
Another really good game from Benno. I mounted all the pieces (Greeks & ships) to 1/2" counters to make them easier to manage. My only complaint about this game is I wish they would have made the tiles and pieces bigger. More of a 'full sized' effort would certainly make it easier to play. In the end this is just a really fun, quick game. I like a best of 3 series.
2011-07-29
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Mirko Sestic
Croatia
Zagreb
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10
Nov 2013
One of the best small games for two. Its simple, quick and tense all the time, with great theme and nice production. This is how games for two should be. Masterpiece gem from the master game designer.
2013-11-29
Owned
Mike Simmonds
Singapore
Singapore
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9.5
May 2004*
Played this many times over lunch hour with my buddies. Like the game, but too much based on the cards and can run long at the end. But a fun 2 player game. Played some more and like it more and more. Figured out how to use the cards properly.....
2004-05-11*
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David Peacock
Canada
Montréal
quebec
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9.39
Mar 2010
...this...means...WAR!
Expand, conquer or strengthen your armies.
Great game
short playing time 15-20min
2009-10-04
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Andrew Goldman
United States
Freeville
New York
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9
Jan 2003*
An excellent little stategy game. Each turn I found I had many possible decisions as to what I could do.
2003-01-14*
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George Pletz
United States
Elizabethtown
Pennsylvania
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9
Apr 2003*
A great light wargame which blends card play, tile placement, and "supply line" strategy. Numerous replays reveals that it is just as easy to win through voyages if you have the right mix of cards for defending against attacks. While there is luck involved, this game is very well balanced
2003-04-16*
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Jeremy Ramont
United States
Lansdale
Pennsylvania
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9
Jun 2003*
A great game. The cards do have a lot of influence, but that matches the theme (powers of the gods). I have not yet found any tactic that is unbeatable.
2003-06-20*
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Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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9
Aug 2003*
An OUTSTANDING game that is playable and addictive. Goes pretty fast and can have alot of good tension between players. Some rules are a little confusing, but the Q&A articles can help clarify them. Probably due to the translation of the rules from German.
2003-08-27*
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Dave Stanford
United States
Des Plaines
Illinois
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9
Nov 2003*
This is my current favorite 2 player game. I like the simplicity of battle and the relative ease of rules combined with the tile-laying of the map and the card combinations.
2003-11-21*
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Chris Walkley
United Kingdom
Birmingham
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9
Mar 2004*
(15 March 2004) After further play at the weekend, increased the rating of this game to 9. Brilliant little game.
2004-03-15*
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Nomadic Gamer
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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9
Sep 2004*
Adding to all good comments: small game space needed, 1 minute set up, FAST. I want more games like this!
2004-09-24*
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S. Copeland
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Oct 2004*
'Risk' lite. I love it. Does not use dice which is a big plus and it plays quick.
2004-10-03*
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Sean O'Connor
United States
Boulder Creek
California
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9
Oct 2006*
Lots of excellently balanced choices. God cards infuse perfect element of chance and wonderfully fun "take that" element. Would jump at a deluxe edition with larger board and finer miniatures.
2006-10-10*
Owned
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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9
Nov 2006*
Another favorite. I typically bring this game anywhere my girlfriend and I go because she loves this one too. We've played in just about every coffee house where I live and some in different countries too. I really go for the tile games that make neat pictures and maps.
2006-11-20*
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John
United States
Bluffton
South Carolina
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9
Aug 2010
Hellas was one of the top three "finds" of 2007. As much as I'd love a weekly game group that enjoys deep games, the truth is that I most often have opportunity to play 2-player games with my wife... and she does not prefer conquest-style games.

Hellas gave me a TASTE of conquest-style games in a format that my wife could enjoy... although not as much as me. I loved the theme (ancient Greece), I loved the feel of ancient conquest, I loved the exploration of new islands, and I *mostly* enjoyed the components. The lil' dudes kept falling over so I did something I rarely do... I defaced my components by gluing pennies to their base.

My wife did not enjoy the game quite as much as I did, but she enjoyed it enough that it can hit the table every now and then -- enough to scratch that "conquest itch".
2010-01-12
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Eric O. LEBIGOT
China
Beijing
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9
Jan 2014
Nice game of direct confrontation (attacks) and tile laying (exploration). I appreciate seeing the map grow into a layout which is always different and brings different situations.

The cards add surprises to the game, and it is nice to try to be prepared for them. They also sometimes work in delicious combos and sequences.

The rules are quite simple, with only a few exceptions. However, the way the God cards are played is sometimes ambiguous; but the BGG FAQ files solve lots of problems.

Attacks by your opponent are almost always possible, which creates an interesting tension.

Some players complain that the game drags and that it is hard to get 10 cities because of so much back and forth fighting. This is because sea travel is actually a very important part of the game: without enough sea travel, there are not enough cities to be conquered. This is yet another instance of a game whose rules do not contain enough advice about basic strategies.

Some players complain that the god cards have uneven powers. I'd argue that it is so easy to get god cards that a bad draw can be compensated quite easily.

There isn't as much tension as, say, in Samurai: actions feel less urgent.

Intense from the beginning on, because of the constant need for attack and defense (need for both players to expand and damage the opponent), and also for exploration, with the additional effect of getting stretched thin when getting closer to the victory condition of 10 cities.

Enjoyable randomness (thanks to the cards), with many ah-ah! and nooo! moments.

A nice mix of spatial considerations, of hand management, of risk management, of planning,…
2013-11-16
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Joe Czarnecki
United States
Sanford
Florida
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9
Apr 2010
An extraordinary two player game that plays remarkably swiftly, yet embodies several layers of strategy. With a modular board it also enjoys infinite replayability.
2010-03-24
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Defender Of the Light
United States
Spokane
Washington
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8.9
Apr 2004*
Yeah, this is a great wargame. The way I describe it: Risk, without the dice.
2004-04-28*
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Steve F
United States
wilmington
North Carolina
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8.8
Feb 2014
It takes at least 2 plays to catch on.

Voyaging is my favorite part. Your ability to lay a new tile is not just luck of the draw, you need to look at the board, judge where you are likely to get a tile that fits and position your boats there to get a majority in that area.

Monitoring how many Ares and Zeus cards your opponent has in hand is critical when planning attacks.

Another neat thing about this game is that its very possible to claw your way back to the lead after falling behind.
This is because everyone's production capacity remains the same throughout the game despite how many cities any one person controls. Also if you are down to 1 or 2 hexes you can power up quickly by grabbing some more ARES cards to defend yourself with.

May try re-labeling the cards to make them clearer in meaning.
2015-02-28
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Robert Patton
United States
Manassas
Virginia
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8.5
Mar 2003*
Simple game mechanics, with some very subtle maneuvers required to win. The way the ships are used to control the waterways (you can only expand at a new tile placement location where you have the majority of ships on adjacent tiles) is "missed" by most beginning players. The majority of temples allows you to make 4 actions, rather than the normal 3 ... so battles for temple control is very important, also. Definite replay value, fun and challenging makes this one over an 8 rating.
2003-03-20*
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Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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8.5
Jan 2005*
An excellent semi-strategic two-player game. A nice blend of map movement and choice with dominance achieved through card play. One nice feature is the ability to bounce back fro being down.
2005-01-09*
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Chris Porter
United States
Berrien Center
Michigan
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8.5
Apr 2005*
After several more plays, this game continues to get better and better. I'm terrible at it, but I like it. A lot of good strategies available; it's the kind of game that keeps you up at night thinking "I could have done this..."
2005-04-18*
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Mark Bretherton
Australia
Sydney
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8.5
Feb 2006*
A lot of game for such a small box. Under rated and very playable light wargame. Nice mix of empire expansion and conflict. Cards introduce 'fog of war' and random elements. Playable in 30-45 mins, perfect filler game. Recommended.
2006-02-06*
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Lewis Terry
United Kingdom
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8
Feb 2003*
One of the better kosmos games. Is also very different from the rest.
2003-02-13*
Darryl Jam
Canada
Unspecified
Ontario
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8
Feb 2003*
Fun little game with plenty of strategy and enough luck to keep things interesting. Top notch components (as with most Kosmos two player games).
2003-02-14*
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Andrew Jaster
Canada
Aldergrove
BC
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8
May 2003*
Good two player game. Great for travel. Nice graphics and figurines, but the instructions are poorly written. Excellent game mechanics. Cards could use some clarifications. Definitely a game that grows on you the more you play it. I would suggest playing the game the first time without using any cards especially when introducing it to non-gamers. An excellent game with great replay value. Excellent value for the money. I'm sure this one won't collect dust.
2003-05-03*
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Frank Vleugels
Belgium
Kortenberg
Vlaams-Brabant
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8
Jun 2003*
Great game, strategy is depending on cards but can be predicted
2003-06-08*
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Maik Hennebach
Germany
Frankfurt
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8
Jan 2004*
After a lot of plays on our holiday, I can safely state that this is my favorite of the Kosmos 2 player family. The apparent randomness and luck caused by the cards strongly decreases after several games when you roughly know what to expect and can make plans. I believe that one of the key strategic elements is to let the cards determine your course of action, not only supplement it.
Played 10+ times.
2004-01-30*
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M. Bader
Germany
duesseldorf
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8
Aug 2004*
kind of vinci-light. one of these games where you have to say: it is only a game, calm down...
2004-08-03*
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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8
Oct 2004*
A cool wargame in a neat little package! Nice bits and tough decisions, lots of back and forth.
2012-09-06
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Steve R Bullock
United States
Palm Coast
Florida
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8
Jan 2005*
Very nice 2 player game- the card play is excellent, and the subtle attacks- which are never huge battles- are so numerous you rarely have time to go on a Voyage. Recommended for the 2 player household!!! The tiny Greek men fell over a lot- I glued small metal washers to the bases and made the game much more enjoyable without worrying about pieces falling over!
2005-01-23*
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Walter Akkermann
Germany
Unspecified
Unspecified
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8
Jan 2005*
great value for money
2005-01-24*
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Tim Synge
United Kingdom
Westbury-on-Trym
BRISTOL
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8
Mar 2005*
Nice little game with an interesting range of available actions. On first play we see-sawed backwards and forwards between 9 cities to 8 and 8 cities to 9. Great fun. Pieces a bit fiddly.
2005-03-08*
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Paul Sauberer
United States
Hendersonville
Tennessee
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8
Nov 2009*
A good, quick, light, wargame, although the card play makes it perhaps less than suitable for grognards.
2005-03-09*
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Joseph Acker
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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8
Mar 2005*
A very lightweight wargame or a highly combative Euro game? Have played a number of times now. Seesaw struggle is very dynamic.
2005-03-21*
Steve Green
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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8
May 2005*
I was surprised by how fun this game is to play. Easy to understand rules, yet there is a depth of strategic possibilities. Money well spent!
2005-05-06*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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8
Jun 2005*
Two player wargame, low complexity, with nice variable factor of the GOD cards. Reminded me Metagaming's old TROJAN WAR for some reason.
2005-06-24*
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Snowball
Belgium
n/a
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8
May 2011
First of all, it is a card game foremost: knowing the cards is of utmost importance, meaning the game will get better after a few plays.
I am afraid it is underrated because misunderstood.
2005-08-15*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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8
Aug 2005*
One of the better games in the Kosmos 2-player line. Some might not like the large luck element in the card draws for each player, but it does guarantee that each game will be totally different. The play on how to minimise your opponent's luck makes this game a fascinating exercise.
2005-08-20*
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Michael Ward
United States
Fort Worth
Texas
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Aug 2005*
03/26/03 Received. I wish the Greek soldiers had come with larger bases. I got tired of them falling over. So I glued them to thin, translucent, plastic Bingo chips. This doubled the diameter of their bases.
Hellas is a very nasty "take that" type of game. I like that. The vast majority of Euro/German type games are not wargames; this one is. Except for the occasional "voyage" action everything else one does is: build up ("burst of strength"), then attack. In my games the Poseidon deck (that mainly helps with voyages) is rarely drawn from.
As of 02/16/15 I've played 26 games.
2015-02-16
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J.A. Castro
Spain
Córdoba
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8
Sep 2005*
A little gem. May be a bit luck dependent because of the gods cards, but the ancient gods were capricius so the theme fits very well. Excellent components.
2005-09-10*
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Jeff Holt
United States
Stevenson
Washington
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8
Sep 2005*
Fun little game.
2005-09-21*
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Ender Wiggins
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8
May 2012
A great little war game for 2 players, although the theme behind the "god" cards is thematically problematic for me. But it plays quickly and is a very good game for a small package.
2012-05-29
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Ben Vögel
United States
Golden Valley
Minnesota
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I've been on this site for 10 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I am, to some degree, sick of learning too many new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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8
Mar 2013
[3 plays] Awesome components, interesting game play, and enough strategy to satisfy in such a quick little game. Not a wargame, more like Carcassone crossed with Battleline. I definitely enjoy this little pissing contest.

Most recent play 2/28/13 with Garrett.
2013-03-01
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Paul Jordan
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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8
Sep 2008*
A nicely balanced game that plays well. Lots of good choices.
2005-10-17*
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Curtis Mason
United States
Heyburn
Idaho
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8
Sep 2006*
Small meaty war game. Wish my wife liked it...
2006-09-22*
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Peter Gousis
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
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8
Jan 2006*
Very fun and strategic for a lite war game.
2006-01-17*
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Miguel
France
Caen
(from Valencia, Spain)
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8
Feb 2006*
I'm not objectif on this one: I like euro-"war"games, love ancient Greece related stuff, and enjoy playing with my son...
2006-02-12*
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j b Goodwin

Lynchburg
Virginia
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8
Feb 2006*
A fun LITTLE wargame-ish game. Drops the randomness of a tile-laying Eurogame into a diceless Risk-like game with a short playtime and a small footprint. Three mini-decks of mess-with-your opponent or improve-your-odds cards add some random tactical choices (oxymoronic?). A bit of a stressful game as it begins to slide down to the end of the game and you can see it coming and STILL can't stop it.
2006-02-24*
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