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Don Smith
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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10
Nov 2001*
One of the finest games ever made.
2001-11-23*
Owned
Lawrence Hung
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
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10
Aug 2005*
The components of the Decision Games edition is gorgeous. The 2 maps are now expanded (previously 1) to accomodate a larger playing surface. A fairly complex, articulate and sublime game. It features quite extensively about the medieval society in Europe. Tax, crusaders, politics and religions and of course, the wars...all are integrated with an elegant "endevaour" gaming system. A champion game on the subject. Highly recommended.
2005-08-11*
Owned
Angel Gonzalez Nicieza
Spain
Gijón
Asturias
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10
Apr 2007*
The best game of the middle ages
2007-04-11*
Owned
Founding Fathers: try your hand at being President.
United States
Bay Area
California
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10
Apr 2007*
Owned
John Graham-Leigh
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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10
Aug 2010
Played again and again! For a taste of the frustrations of medieval kingship, this game is marvellous.
2010-08-30
Owned
Brad Fallon
Canada
Mississauga
Ontario
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10
Jan 2014
One of the finest games, and the most played games, I have ever had.
2014-01-19
Owned
Peter Evett
United States
Dallas
Unspecified
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9
Mar 2003*
Way too long, but has a beautiful cadence to the proceedings. Like watching history unfold.
2003-03-29*
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Stephen Owen
United Kingdom
Appleton
Cheshire
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9
May 2004*
A great game - it must be, I even have a Japanese version of it!
2004-05-12*
Owned
Drake Coker
United States
San Diego
California
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9
Sep 2004*
A truely great game. Playing the full scenario is a real commitment. I did it once with a group of 6 over a summer. Took weeks and weeks, but was worth it.

If you play the full version, reduce the points for "religious conversion". I essentially won the game with those, and frankly did not deserve to. If I recall correctly, you get 5 points per conversion. 3 points would be better balanced.
2004-09-10*
Owned
Andrew Parkin
United Kingdom
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
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9
May 2005*
Great game, fun even when your plans are wrecked by the cards - that's life in the Middle Ages.
2005-05-24*
Owned
Roberto Chiavini
Italy
Firenze
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9
Jun 2007*
One of the best. Perhaps little interaction for a multiplayer game, but a great experience anyway
2007-06-27*
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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9
Aug 2008*
Have played the solo scenario, and I must have been doing something wrong because I scored very well. I really love how the game plays so far. Grand sweeping spectacle. Lots of nasty events and chaos, but I love it. The 13 turn scenario took 4 new players about 6 hours to play.
2007-09-14*
Owned
Darin Leviloff
United States
Foster City
California
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9
Oct 2007*
Really good re-do of a classic game. Map is beautiful. Only slight errata, although social stability tracks are slightly harder to manage. Much nicer cards and variant cards to boot. A great game with the grand sweep on history.
2007-10-05*
Owned
Mervyn Douglas
United Kingdom
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9
Mar 2008*
I played this for hours upon end...very clever and to me it still stands out as a unique for its time game. Even the map was pretty....for SPI.
2008-03-10*
Owned
Chris Hansen
United States
Sun Valley
California
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9
Jan 2010*
Played this one again recently and had to up my rating a point. I had forgotten how much I had liked this game.
2010-01-09
Owned
Richard Erwin
United States
Mercer Island
Washington
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9
Jun 2009*
The Decision Games version, with the revised rules and tables (thank you, thank you, thank you....), is an amazing piece of work. I think it will cover my retirement years quite nicely once I get there, it'll take so long to play, but at least I will be fully occupied and blissfully happy.
2008-07-12*
Brian Sielski
United States
Pequannock
New Jersey
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9
Feb 2010
Truley and Epic campaign game.
2011-04-28
Owned
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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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9
Feb 2015
Scenarios = 10 hours.
Gran = 70 hours.
2014-02-07
Owned
P. Mihalarias
United States
Richardson
Texas
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9
Aug 2010
Why not spend an afternoon (or several!) building up a medieval nation? I haven't played the newer version of EotMA (mostly because the "flaws" that the Decision Games purportedly fixed are features that I enjoyed), but the SPI version of Empires of the Middle Ages is a unique classic in my book. Truly epic in scope, the game inevitably involves watching your precious empire succumb over time. And that's the best-case scenario.

What can I say?---I'm a sucker for a tragic theme and the chance to participate in a giant sweep of history from a period that fascinates me. Though I don't think it's mere 80s-gamer nostalgia that inspires my high rating. The fact is that EotMA may feel a little clunky in terms of its pace and balance, but the game was (and remains) quite an innovative specimen, well ahead of its time in many respects. And for what it sets out to do (i.e. epic historical macro-simulation), it does as well and with as much panache as *almost* any other since.
2011-11-15
Owned
Paul Purman
United States
St. Paul
Minnesota
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9
Oct 2013
Wonderful game, with lots of subtlety and opportunities for brutalizing your opponents. A Dunnigan tour de force. And a prime spot for the Byzantines...what's not to love?
2013-10-27
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Ken Tee
United States
California
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9
Feb 2015
Just finished 8 rounds of this game using the last scenario (Twilight of the Middle Ages) last weekend. This 6-player round had everyone agreeing that this design is a gem and one player who does not have the game will now choose to pursue getting a copy due to it's great potential for solitaire. I'd rate it higher if we could have finished.
2015-02-01
Owned
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United States
California
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Jan 2015
Classic
2015-03-13
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Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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8.5
Mar 2014
he more I play this game the more I like it. Obviously I'm not recording plays anymore.
2014-03-22
Owned
The Last Of The Mohicans
Greece
Larissa
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8.2
Aug 2007*
A very interesting era game!!!A wish for the Byzantine Empire to strikes back!!!!One of my favourites!!!Orthodox vs Catholic vs Muslims...Great interest for Great civilizations & Empires...
2007-08-23*
Owned
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Robert Taylor-Smith
Canada
High River
Alberta
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8
Jul 2003*
Good game. The optional rules are fun but take longer and greatly change the game balance. Generally the game isn't balanced between starting positions.
2003-07-07*

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