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Jae
United States
Bryan
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Feb 2016
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This game is essentially the same as Roma, however there are enough differences to warrant owning both games. Even the fact that you can play one set against the other makes for an interesting variant. I highly enjoy both Roma games, and I recommend both, without reservation.
2011-01-16
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Andrew Brown
Jordan
Madaba-Manja
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Jan 2011
Rating of 10 for the series.

Inclusion of Roma 2 makes this a top 2p game in my collection. The new set ingeniously adds a new method of pursuing victory: depleting the VP pile. Furthermore, the addition of the bribery slot gives you more control and less dependent on die rolls. Both of these changes make an already great game even better.

Games seem longer. Cards are a little more balanced. Building heavy rather than character heavy. Looking forward to pitting this against the first set in some Roma-Roma2 showdowns. First two such showdowns were blowouts by the original.

Roma: 2 wins
Roma 2: 6 wins
2015-03-25
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Pieter Collier
Belgium
Wilrijk
Antwerpen
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10
Dec 2009*
Received from Super Secret Santa!
2009-12-31
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Michelle
United States
Canon City
Colorado
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10
Jan 2010*
This, with the original Roma, is fantastic. It balanced the original perfectly. Made it a nice, long game and gave it such an interesting twist. I love this and doubt I'll ever grow tired of it.
2010-01-18
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Nigel Buckle
United Kingdom
Thornton Heath
Croydon
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Jan 2010*
Great - it's a standalone game that I think I prefer to Roma, having text rather than icons helps if you don't play all the time. The bribery mechanic is great - you can always trigger it if you are prepared to pay.

Plus you can combine it with Roma for more options. Everything an expansion should be and the some. And you can fit it all in one of the boxes.
2010-01-08
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Mark Chaplin
United Kingdom
Nottingham
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Feb 2010
ROME HAS A NEW CAESAR.

Superior to the original - and I rate that a "10".

The icons are gone. Mercatus is gone. The Forums have been tempered.

Possibly the greatest card game I own.

A CARDGAMING TOUR-DE-FORCE, WITH MORE WELL-OILED MUSCLES THAN A BATTLE-HARDENED RETENTUS.

From the ivory tower populated by the gaming zeitgeist, a cardgame has been lowered by winch to the hungry masses. And they should be grateful. For Arena: Roma II is absolutely bloody superb and manages to better the original.
Someone on the Geek described this masterclass in game design as a "knife fight" and they were spot on the target, with the accuracy of a herioc gladiator's thrown soliferreum. Roma is a brutal melee of a cardgame, that colourfully represents the wrestling of rival powers for control of ancient Rome's senate and guard, by the various toga-wearing movers and shakers that skulked through the collonades of Roman power, daggers in sleeve.

In the box you get a slim pack of attractive cards, filled with language-independant iconography, 7 dice, and a jug-full of counters. Not a lot for your hard-earned coinage, but this gem's worth every last shiny penny.

Dice and cards? So this is a random, chaotic, card-flapping, dice-chucking, orgy?
If you thought these thoughts, banish yourself to the colloseum and chase some tigers with trident and net.
Roma is more than the sum of its parts. It is all of those randomish things, but yet it stands taller than merely a card game, or a dice game, or a simple meld of the two. Roma is just great. It uses the dice brilliantly; forcing you to make nail-biting decisions EVERY turn. Each die has to be allocated to a task - and herein lies the blinding design. The dice are the engine that powers the card drawing/playing; allows you cash for further tasks; enables senators, spies, etc, to do their dirty work. The deck of cards is disappointingly small. Initially. Aha! It is slim for a reason, and that reason is game-control. With a fat deck of many wondrous things you could be rolling dice all day to get the cards you want. But with Roma, the card you seek is tantalisingly close. Yes, it is.

The game is a frantic confrontation, with more back and forth than a platter of stuffed olives, carried shoulder-high by a pretty young lad at a consul's banquet. You really will screw the other player over in ways that remind me of Magic: The Gathering, and that is not a comparison I make lightly.

Some whisper that certain cards are unbalanced, and they may be right. But I say, fight and manipulate your way around those cards to victory. No Caesar conquered his people without a ruddy hard wrangling.
Roma allows you to fight back from the brink, if you find yourself losing, in a way that can keep both players on the tips of their sandles, unlike most other 2-player cardgames. It sometimes can really seem like you're windmilling your arms to stop yourself tipping over into the lion's den - games can be that close, swinging wildly. And, you'll always have a great time in the process.

As you may know, I adore swift games; Roma is safetly in the stable with other quick-playing Italian thoroughbreds. You will get many delightful turns of this in before bedtime.

Like all great games, Roma forces each player to manage their resources effectively; management of cash/cards is a skill players will have to master. And you will have to craft a defense right from the get-go, to stem the victory point bleed.
When all is said and done, Roma is a deep game with varied paths to success. I might be naturally programmed to like Roman-themed games, having been born on the Ides of March, but I'm sure that that hasn't clouded my judgement here.

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus:

1. Strong, wrestle for control of Rome theme.
2. Excellent artwork.
3. Huge and complex decision trees.
4. Fast gameplay. Did I say fast? As fast as a dagger to the gut fast.
5. Nasty, screw your opponent over to win, wranglings, every blood-soaked turn. This is a good thing.
6. No surefire strategies.
7. Satisfying experience.
8. Simple rules. The permeations that result from all the varied card powers will keep your brain busy, though.
9. Varied paths to victory.
10. Nailbiting finishes.
11. No icons. English on every card. Woop! Woop!
12. A "bribery" icon has been added. Upping the complexity of your decisions, and also smoothing out the luck a smidge.
13. Portable.
14. Cheap. Especially for the mileage you'll get from this bronzed god.
15. Superior, but similar to, many other dice-allocating games, such as Alien Frontiers.

Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus:

1. Some of the English on the cards is poor. Not a deal-breaker, just irritating.
2. Dice and cards. So, no cubes moved from warehouse to the docks for 3 points on your turn, or growing turnips type euro game. Yes, there is a huge amount of luck in what you pull from the teeny deck of cards, and, obviously what you roll on the dice. But, let me assure you, that the luck can be managed by careful placement of cards to "icons". Clever play will overcome the odds. Plus, you will draw so many cards during your struggle for power, that you should be able to do something to grab a gaunlet full of VPs.
3. Too confrontational for many players.
4. Some gamers feel that certain cards are broken. I do not agree.
5. Some of these same gamers believe that Roma suffers from "first turn advantage". My anecdotal evidence does not support this. You can always penalise the first player by 1 or 2 VPs, I suppose. Or, better yet, make the loser of the last game go first next time.
6. With 2 experienced players, games can go long, say an hour; a fun hour, but an hour nethertheless.

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2011-11-22
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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Jul 2010
Quick, and brutal but suprisingly deep short filler game. Akin to a knife fight between two combatants. Highly recommended couples game. Plays in under 30 minutes.
2010-07-25
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coco roco
Moldova
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Aug 2010
good game for 2 players

2010-09-06
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michael morizzo
United States
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New York
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10
Jan 2013
Arena Roma II is a near perfect 2 player light weight slug fest. Games can be over in a flash, but no complaints here - it just means you can play more of them.

The use of dice to activate the cards works splendidly here and there are many options available on each and every roll, in what boils down to a tug of war for the small pool of victory points.

There are two ways to go about your business, although it will become readily apparent if you should opt to go on offense or play defense to prolong the game and hopefully, later , get a chance to pounce. There is the problem of comebacks being a bit on the rare side - but that makes them all the more sweeter when you can pull them off.

So make your way to the Coliseum, set your queue of cards and do your level best at throwing your opponent to the lions.
2015-09-07
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EXTRA AVOCADO! Sonderegger
United States
Folsom
CA
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9.5
Mar 2011
Every time I play it, I love it just a little bit more. This is the way dice should be used, my friends. Long-term strategies must be developed tactically- if that makes any sense, and it just gets a teeny bit deeper every play.
2010-12-10
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Chris Allison
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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9.5
Nov 2015
Stefan Feld hits a home run with this 2-player game. Easy mechanics as well as a lot of take that in a head to head two-player game using dice as its main mechanism. You roll the dice and use them to either get cards into your hand, get money to play those cards from your hand or activate cards already on the table. The game can get cutthroat and nasty at times with cards that make your opponent lose cards, victory pints or money. Plus you are always looking for ways to destroy the cards your opponent has on the table. And with two different end game options : ending a round with more victory points than your foe after all the VP chits have been picked up from the supply or to just run your opponent out of victory points. If you like 2-player games this is the one for you.
2015-11-30
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ozzy perez
United States
Hialeah
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Sep 2015
Gameplay:

I like it.. But the Forum seems bloody overpowered n in my experience... Whoever plays it first starts raping.

I think that I am finally starting understand the subtleties... Great little session on the last game. I can distinguish between when it's wise to keep chasing the vp's and when it's time to attack like a mad man. Sometimes you need to forget about those pts and just dismantle your opponent, so that they can start leaking vp's in the following round's start.

Update: After 10 plays, I can safely say that I finally love the game. There's a lot of depth to be uncovered here, not apparent at all within the first couple of plays. The Forum, which was my main concern, isn't as OP as my initial concern made it out to be. There are ways to deal with it, especially with the Equitatus character, or with a heavy military strategy to drain vp's. This is my favorite 2p game atm.


Components: Get the job done, good quality. But I hate the oversized Queen boxes and how they fold all of of their rulebooks.
2015-12-16
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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Jun 2010
If you like Roma you'll certainly want to add Roma II to the fold. What a great combo. Love the bribery, the addition of text to the cards and the Forum destroyer. Good stuff. I love that it works stand alone or that you can combine it with the original set of cards. There is still a lot of luck in this game so if you didn't like that about Roma nothing has changed here although the bribery icon mitigates that a little. I prefer a best of 7 series for a match.
2011-03-15
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Ender Wiggins
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Jun 2010
Sequel for Roma, independent game (although can be combined). Same game-play and feel, but all new cards. Main rule change is the addition of a Bribery mechanic (which is optional). Minor component changes include an "icon bar", and English text on the cards. Both games are equally good! I am a big fan of Roma and card games with CCG-type abilities generally, so it isn't hard to get excited about this. Just as good if not better and more balanced than as the original!
See my pictorial review.

For a comparison between Roma I and Roma II, see my pictorial comparison.
2010-06-30
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Alban
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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Jan 2010*
Essen 2009
2009-10-18
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Tim Fiscus
United States
Maricopa
Arizona
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9
Oct 2010
A significant improvement over Roma, which is already one of my 2-player games of choice. It's nice to have the text on the cards, if only for teaching the game. Nicely balanced additions and changes and the bribery disc is a very good change. Well done, Stefan!
2010-10-28
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Javi Santos
Spain
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Oct 2009*
As good as Rome, it is esentially the same. New cards, and a new action allowed which gives another opportunity to dice. Unfortunately they will sell even more air in a bigger box than Rome.
2009-10-27
Travis Larsen

Lehi
Utah
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9
Mar 2010
One of my favorite short 2 player games!
2011-07-11
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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9
Feb 2014
Just as good as the original game. It seems to add more possible paths to victory, by diminishing the impact of the Forum, while losing a touch of clarity, because of the need to read your opponent's cards upside down (instead of, say, glancing at a symbol). The funny thing is, I prefer the text to the symbols, because it makes the game easier to teach.
2010-11-05
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Blaise Sciurba
United States
Richland
Washington
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Jan 2010
Purchased from CoolStuffInc 1/21/2010. Can't wait for it to arrive.
2010-01-21
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John Greenwood
United States
Northbrook
Illinois
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Jan 2010*
The new cards breathe some fresh life into Roma. I think the new cardset is a little more balanced than the original Roma. I am looking forward to trying the two sets together.
2010-01-16
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Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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9
Jul 2010
Very clever design and I thoroughly enjoy the game everytime I play. The game has a lovely balance between weight of attack vs VP gathering, oftentimes games hanging in the balance and dependent on what can get activated when. The cards provide lots of different options in how to go about the win, providing the variety needed for replay, with enough luck to keep things interesting and non-predictable, even when you thing you're in a winning situation. Some games are fast - some are momentous see-saws with multiple changes in strategy. There's a learning curve involved in the cards and games can be slow until you're up the curve, but worthwhile climbing. Overall, big thumbs up, especially for a dice game. Cards seem to be cheaper and attackier than the original which makes for more volatile and swingier games - not a bad thing at all.
2010-04-27
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Clint DeSena
United States
Plainville
Connecticut
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9
May 2010
I think I just found my favorite 2-player game.
2010-08-08
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Brian Bankler
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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9
Mar 2012
A nice addition to Roma. Same system, but new cards. I like the bribery mechanic and the more balanced starting. This made a good system great. (Preferred variant -- shuffle both decks together).

Rating -- Enthusiastic.
2012-03-06
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Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
South Carolina
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9
Jul 2010
Excellent two player game with different victory conditions and multiple strategies to pursue.
2010-08-01
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Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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9
Sep 2010
I thoroughly enjoy this game. A great mix of luck and strategy. A few games have seemed like unstoppable landslide wins in one direction or the other, but I feel that is due largely to learning the game. I love the implementation of the dice mechanic (which is not too dissimilar from Claustrophobia, really).
2011-05-08
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Joshua Saulpaw
United States
San Francisco
California
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Nov 2010
This is an amazing 2 player game where tons of crucial choices and good strategies are needed. But it is very exciting and fun. Rolls are unpredictable, but even bad rolls get to be turned into something great for you with the right choices.
2010-11-29
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Ken B.
United States
Fayetteville
Tennessee (TN)
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May 2011
Just as good as the first one, a rarity for "sequels." I thought that they would seek a more 'balanced' game after the Forum so thoroughly dominated the first game, but what they did was ramp up other strategies to match. I supposed it's more balanced because of these new options, but things like military and big money seem like they're more viable.

I'm torn on the optional card slot; it seems abusable at times if a player gets just the right card there and can lean on it turn after turn. One of the best parts of the original was making do with what you had. For a few coins, in Roma II the variable slot lets you press and advantage. There are games I don't mind it so much, but other games where it's clear that a player can get a sizable advantage from it. Thankfully, it's optional. So if you don't dig it after a few plays, ditch it and just enjoy the new powers.

I haven't tried any of the other methods other than Roma I versus Roma II, and surprisingly both decks held their own against each other. Roma I seemed better at generating VPs in bursts, but Roma II seemed better at countering and tearing stuff down when needed (as well as providing cool new ways to generate VPs, such as sacrificing characters and buildings.)

This one seems to be getting hard to find. I strongly recommend you hunt down both if you can, before they're all gone. Great, great 2-player confrontational card game.
2012-01-07
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Peter Gibson
New Zealand
Auckland
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9
Jan 2012
Fantastic strategy game. Knowledge of the various cards improves the gaming experience but you quickly come to understand their various effects. Victory is possible even from the jaws of defeat - tense and exciting. Second favorite game of my wife's only just edged out by Battle Line.
2012-01-02
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Dennis Engilis
United States
Elk Grove
California
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9
Mar 2013
More of the same as Roma maybe with a bit more emphasis on buildings but still the same enjoyable use of dice to activate an interesting variety of cards. I and my gaming friends enjoy this one.
2014-02-14
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Jeremy Yoder
United States
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9
Apr 2015
Clever two-player card game, that includes dice to affect when you can activate certain cards you've played. Lots of variety in how cards play (earning points, attack other cards, etc.) Also has 2 ways to win. A fun staple in my collection.
2014-11-14
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Darth Ed
United States
Greenbelt
Maryland
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9
Dec 2014
Brilliant medium-to-low-weight Euro by Stefan Feld. I love the dice allocation mechanism. Lots of surprisingly cool combos and depth. Plays quickly and smoothly.
2015-08-15
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Jørgen K
Denmark
Copenhagen S
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9
Jun 2015
2 players.

Gain power in Rome, by setting up your like of structures and strong Roman characters! You fight for your keeping andgaining influence by avoiding loosing cards and by setting up the right cards.
2015-03-08
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Scott Preston
United States
Fremont
Nebraska
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9
Jun 2014
Light, casual (but occasionally brutal) 2-player game that encourages conflict but isn't mean-spirited about it. I'd never heard of this game until Zee Garcia mentioned it on a Top 10 list in April 2014 (or so)...and picked it up based on his recommendation, and I am glad we did. The is a perfect game for my wife and I.
2014-06-06
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Robert Hankins
United States
Princeton
NJ
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Jul 2014
One of my favorite 2 player games. Just the right amount of weight to make me feel like I'm playing a game, but still enough levity that I can have a conversation with the person across the table.
2014-12-29
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Brian Kumanchik
United States
Altadena
California
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Nov 2014
2 player only
2015-05-05
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Tammy Smith
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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8.7
Jun 2014
Arena and Arena: Roma II are being traded together as they are in the same box.
2015-08-05
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Dave G
United States
Hammonton
New Jersey
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8.6
Dec 2015
Quick playing, face-to-face contest of outmaneuvering your opponent. The cards are nice, and the system works very well. Can be combined with Roma cards. Fun!
2015-04-21
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Alex Grant
New Zealand
Auckland
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8.5
Apr 2010
Better than the original. Bribery is an excellent addition and the cards are more balanced.
2010-04-17
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Adrian Pirciu
Netherlands
Hoofddorp
North Holland
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8.5
Oct 2011
I still like Roma 1 more, but this is not bad. It has changed the ways to win the game, is not VP centric or forum-centric anymore and the cards have some interesting and intriguing powers. Good continuation for Roma.
2011-10-29
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Alexander Flurie
United States
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8.5
Jan 2010
This game matures the Roma system dramatically. What used to be a game that was often frustratingly lost by turn five is now more about strategic play, sacrifice, and guaranteed activation through the bribery slot.

I have not played the game with a mixed deck or a deck per player, but I am not eager to do so.
2010-01-22
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O R
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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8.5
Dec 2012
Again, what a game, I like it even better then Roma (1). A little bit more strategic/deeper although still very well balanced. Light fun play, super fast. I dare anyone to close the box after only 1 game in an evening. Forums still own the play, but some cards now mitigate this a bit. In the realms of 2-player games, Roma shines extremely bright.
2010-03-20
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Emiliano Liverani
Italy
Ravenna / Riccione
Emilia Romagna
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8.5
Sep 2014
Great expansion which let you play hundreads of games every time brand new.
2014-09-15
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Seth Goldberg
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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8.5
Aug 2010
Fun game for me and the wife. She loves it and I love that she loves it. Not crazy about the symbols on the Rome I cards but I like the text on the Rome II cards
2010-08-24
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Tom C.
United States
Missouri
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8.5
Feb 2012
Love it! Go after points, or go after your opponent. Lots of cool cards to choose from.
2012-08-23
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David Anderson
United States
seattle
Washington
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8.5
May 2012

Received as a bonus for my Edo Kickstater pledge. Easy game to learn. Lots of good card combos lead to a lot of replay value. I think the more you play this the higher the strategy will be. Great two player game.
2012-05-27
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Bob Pony
United States
San Jose
California
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8.5
Feb 2013
Nice combination of dice, card drafting, and worker placement/card activation. Very good two player game. Kill that forum quick!
2013-02-11
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Ryan James
United States
Commerce Township
Michigan
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8.5
May 2013
Wow I loved this game. I think the score will raise after more plays. It's so quick and a bit random, which is going to happen with dice rolling and card drawing, but there are some real decisions to be made in this game. The marriage of tactics and strategy is great in this one.
2013-05-30
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Andrew
Australia
Perth
WA
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8.5
Nov 2013
Similar in layout to Battle Line but very different in the way it plays. After three games I have worked out that it is all about the victory points. Once you get ahead, try to finish the game as quickly as you can. I don't have many "dice" games so am finding it fun to work out how to allocate the numbers. I can see that familiarisation with the cards will be helpful.
2013-12-03
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Chris C
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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8.5
Feb 2014
My first intro to Stefan Feld, and damn it's a good game, nice balance of risk versus reward, and you feel proud of what you built.
2014-02-27
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