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Subject: Mare Nostrum or Empires: Age of Discovery rss

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John McD
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I'm thinking I fancy a new Civ sort of game and think both Mare Nostrum: Empires and Empires: Age of Discovery look pretty good in the reviews.

Total play time is important, it's tricky for me to get a game to table that will certainly take more than three hours, and two hours is a good time.

It's also difficult for me to get the same people round the table to play, so a game that doesn't reward familiarity too strongly is good too - or at least a game that is enjoyable if you're figuring it out while others excel. Something where you get crushed and marginalised is no good.

Any thoughts?
 
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Jonathan Challis
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I love both games (although in both I prefer the 1st edition).

Both are going to be tough to get under 3hrs in my view, at least initially, although it should be possible with repeat plays.

I prefer games greatly rewarding experience, and if a new player has any real chance of winning against experienced players to me that's a big flaw in a game. A new player has some chance of winning in both, but not a great deal - in my opinion Mare nostrum is more harsh on newer players because of foreseeing the game end, but there's not a lot in it.

In summary, they are both great games, but both do have some legitimate issues with both factors that concern you.
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John McD
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Kelanen wrote:
I love both games (although in both I prefer the 1st edition).

Both are going to be tough to get under 3hrs in my view, at least initially, although it should be possible with repeat plays.

I prefer games greatly rewarding experience, and if a new player has any real chance of winning against experienced players to me that's a big flaw in a game. A new player has some chance of winning in both, but not a great deal - in my opinion Mare nostrum is more harsh on newer players because of foreseeing the game end, but there's not a lot in it.

In summary, they are both great games, but both do have some legitimate issues with both factors that concern you.


I agree a game that a beginner can play as well as an expert is not a good game, but some games give enough space to a beginner that though they won't win, they can at least have fun on their own terms. I think you answered in that spirit, so thank you.
 
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Chris Broggi
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They are both great games. Empires is one of my favorite worker placement games. If you like worker placement games, I would say go for that.
Game length on Mare Nostrum is hard to nail down as there are not a set number of rounds. The game can be short if someone sneaks out a victory, or long and drawn out if the players are good at keeping each other in check.
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