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L. E.
Denmark
Copenhagen
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Oct 2009*
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Benjamin Corliss
United States
Portland
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10
Feb 2005*
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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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Mike Hood
United Kingdom
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10
Jun 2007*
Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Pat OwlOrbs on the head.
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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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Steven Apergis
United States
Virginia
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10
Jun 2010
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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
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kim JD
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Apr 2015
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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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Thomas Stahlie
Austria
Mödling
Niederösterreich
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9.1
Aug 2012
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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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Scott Tepper
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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9
Mar 2003*
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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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Mike Barton
United States
Spring Valley
California
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9
Oct 2003*
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Dave Stanford
United States
Des Plaines
Illinois
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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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Antti Aspelin
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Jul 2004*
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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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Bjørn Lind Lynge
Denmark
Vancouver
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9
Mar 2006*
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Aljoscha Budweg
Germany
Niedersachsen
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9
Jun 2006*
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Dominic Turpin
Canada
blainville
Quebec
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9
Jun 2006*
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Sandcastle
Italy
Torino
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9
Jul 2006*
Jay Jay
United States
Ohio
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9
Sep 2006*
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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*
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Mark Stadel
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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9
Oct 2006*
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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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Don Mills
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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9
Jan 2007*
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Danny Chan
Hong Kong
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9
Apr 2007*
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Raife Giovinazzo
United States
Orinda
California
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Sep 2007*
Sander Sijssens
Belgium
Kapellen
Antwerpen
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9
Oct 2008*
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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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Brett Hudoba
United States
Bloomington
Minnesota
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9
May 2008*
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Keefe Pang
Singapore
Singapore
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9
Jul 2008*
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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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E. J.
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Apr 2009*
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Joe Czarnecki
United States
Sanford
Florida
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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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Paul Evans
United Kingdom
Liverpool
Merseyside
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May 2011
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P. R.
Canada
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Jan 2012
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Felix Schaller
Germany
Lahr
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Feb 2012
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Tom Wolan
United States
Michigan
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May 2012
Bear Arctic
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May 2012
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F. D. Williams
Germany
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Sep 2012
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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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