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France
Orsay
IDF
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10
May 2011
Owned
Richard Partin
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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9
Feb 2013
Two comments off the top: If there was an award in 2000 for Best Artwork in a Board Game, this one should have won. Not only is the artwork beautiful, but the color scheme is absolutely perfect, given the theme. Second, before you punch out the tons of cardstock pieces to this game, read the "set-up" section so you'll have a clear idea of how these pieces should be organized. Otherwise, your organization time could run to over an hour (obviously, I'm writing from experience). I've read several negative criticisms of the rules; however, I suspect the main problem is more with the English translation. There are a couple of places in the English rules, however, where the rules directly contradict each other. I've played the game enough that I believe I understand the author's intended meaning. If I have one preference for different rules it would be for more complexity in resolving battles, but that's a minor complaint. I will say that the game is anything but 'elegant' as the design is a smorgasbord of various mechanics. That's the only reason it isn't a '10' for me. For those who are interested, I can provide my edited copy of the rules. Part of my fascination with this game comes from having a master's degree in the history of the American Southwest and Mexico. I'm very impressed with the designer's knowledge of his subject: it's truly a labor of love. Some have commented on how the game seems imbalanced, particularly toward the Aztecs, but I haven't found that to be the case either. There are lots of tough decisions to be made amid limited resources, and each decision has an effect. The scoring centers on who can offer the gods the most sacrifice points. Some understandably find this morbid, from a Western standpoint, but Meso-American people lived in a world in which, if they didn't offer an appropriate level of sacrifice to their gods, their world as they knew it would come to an end. So, players must each contribute enough sacrifice points to assuage the anger of the god Quetzalcoatl, or else his counterpart Tezcatlipoca comes down one step. If players displease the latter god 5 times, the universe is destroyed and all players lose. So there are elements of cooperation, bluffing, and betrayal as well. This is a game I see myself playing over and over for the foreseeable future. As for the time it takes to play, playing solo and keeping a record of everything that happens (I designed my own game record sheet, by turn, that works well for me), I find I can play an entire turn in about, on average, 85 minutes, which makes total playing time about 425, minutes, or about 7 hours. Sounds like a lot--and it is--but figure 5 weekday playing sessions of about 85 minutes each day to complete a game. Postscript: one minor gripe--it's a shame that after producing such a gorgeous game, Tilsit printed the rulebook in black and white.
2013-01-14
Owned
Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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9
Oct 2013
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2013-10-28
Owned
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Ray Smith
United States
Newburg
Pennsylvania
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8
Apr 2002*
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Andrea Cupido C/O Pan Eco Srl
Italy
Osimo
AN
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8
May 2003*
Game that has an indeed particular system. Must be sacrificed people to two divinity one for to lose against the game the other in order to make to end the game. You can explore, manage armies and fleets, construct to city and dams. The setting of the game is random. Potentially much beautiful, perhaps cold.
2003-05-23*
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Dean Anderson
United Kingdom
Brighton
East Sussex
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8
Oct 2007*
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Ugur Dönmez
Netherlands
Hoofddorp
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8
May 2006*
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Richard Raymond
United States
Tampa
Florida
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8
May 2006*
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Peet Smith
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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8
Nov 2008*
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Dan MacDonald

Glendale
California
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8
Mar 2009*
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Maitre Sinh
France
Marseille
Provence
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8
Jun 2009*
underated in my opinion.
2009-06-25
Owned
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John McKendrick
United Kingdom
Glasgow
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8
Apr 2010
Owned
Jacques Tourbière
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8
Dec 2013
Good game with an original theme. It's a big race to sacrifice more warriors to the gods than the others ! Very bloody and fun game !
2013-12-28
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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7.8
Sep 2003*
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Matteo Del Chicca
Italy
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7.5
Mar 2009*
A very nice game!! Excellent-themed, a lot of clever ideas (about Slave Market, Sacrifice Points, Pochtecas), very involving.
Just a minor flaw: quite long playing time.
2009-03-28
Owned
Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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7.5
May 2011
really long wargame with a bit o' civ, some wonky stuff needed house rules for me to consider playing it again
2011-03-01
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Nathaniel GOUSSET
France
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7.5
Jan 2010
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Daniel U. Thibault
Canada
Québec
Québec
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7
Dec 2009*
Owned
Provoost Thomas
Belgium
Unspecified
Bruxelles
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7
Nov 2001*
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Barry Coote
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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7
May 2002*
Played once seems like it could well be a great game, but need to play more. the game has serveral different mechanics and interesting mechanism all going on a once.
The challenge in that you sacrifice slaves at the end of each turn to the gods. However, if not enough sacrifices are made to Tezcatlipoca, the game ends and onbody wins. Otherwise the play with the most sacrifices to Quetzecotl wins. So you have to balance your sacrafices, not enough to Tezcatlipoca and no-one wins.
2002-05-20*
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Brad Sharp
United States
Ft. Collins
Colorado
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7
Feb 2003*
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Joe Orosz
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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7
Jul 2006*
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Joshua Buergel
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Feb 2007*
A number of clever bits, and the theme is interesting. The game is longer than I think it should be, and there were a few ropy parts, but overall, an interesting game.
2007-02-18*
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Marco Fibbi
Italy
Florence
Tuscany
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7
Oct 2011
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David Wessman
Netherlands
Breda
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7
Jun 2008*
Colorful theme, imaginative mechanics, interesting gameplay choices...fun!
2008-06-29*
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Christian Ulrich
Germany
Nürnberg
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7
Apr 2006*
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Dave Heberer
United States
Redmond
Washington
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7
Aug 2006*
I thought this game was pretty interesting, I'd like to try it again.
2006-08-07*
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Luis Sacristan
Spain
Alcobendas
Madrid
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7
Jan 2007*
Great game for four players.
2007-01-22*
Owned
Zom Bee
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Oct 2007*
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Maurizio Bignoli
Italy
Novara
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7
Oct 2007*
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Dominik K.
Germany
Unspecified
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Oct 2007*
This game is very interesting once you handle the rules. The rules are not explained very well. The first two plays were exhausting. But then it really started to be real fun. Still, it's slightly too long for my taste.
2007-10-26*
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Gunter D'HOOGH
Belgium
WESPELAAR
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7
Oct 2010
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Werewolf From Casa
Morocco
Casablanca
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7
Jan 2012
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Soenke Weidemann
Germany
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7
Dec 2012
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Thomas Cadenhead
United States
Oberlin
Ohio
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7
Aug 2013
Owned
Marco Cantin
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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7
Jun 2015
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Fred Erb
United States
Hanover Park
Illinois
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6.5
Nov 2002*
It was only ok actually. Aside from being very long it seemed as though we just took turns exchanging the few territories on the board back and forth.
2002-11-12*
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Jonas Ladwig
Germany
Waldshut / Freiburg
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6.5
Aug 2006*
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Tom Shydler
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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6.5
Aug 2007*
Very interesting game. Best game evocation of Meso-American civilization. Conquest game, but with very interesting dynamics. The "appease the gods or else" system is brilliant. However...the game is definitely not balanced (ie, states are not equally able to win the game), and there are some rules issues (some cleared up by the FAQ). I will play this one again.
2007-08-07*
Owned
Leon Lin
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6.5
Feb 2014
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Geoff Brown
United Kingdom
Manchester
Unspecified
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6
May 2002*
Owned
Robert Heinzmann
United States
Weston
Florida
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May 2003*
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Marc Valckenaers
Belgium
Bruxelles
Bruxelles
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6
May 2003*
Rules are not always very clear, but cool game.
2003-05-19*
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Nicolas Sirtaine
Belgium
Brussels
Unspecified
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6
Jul 2006*
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Markus Welbourne
United Kingdom
Braintree
Essex
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6
Jul 2009*
Owned
Leonardo Gonzalez
United States
Laredo
Texas
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6
Dec 2012
Owned
Paul Butler
United States
Glen Burnie
Maryland
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6
Jul 2006*
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Steven Dast
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Aug 2006*
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Ollie Gross
Germany
Wiesbaden
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Oct 2006*
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Darren Shortt
Australia
Narre Warren South
Victoria
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Nov 2006*
I enjoy this game, but it does not seem to come out often enough in my game group.
2006-11-11*
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