Keith, Uwe,Alan, James and Tony decided to play this recent favourite. Keith has also introduced it to his Monday night Gaming group and he declared them pleased with his choice, although somewhat mysteriously he was silent as to his own performance.
Keith and James shot into an early lead at the first conflict. From then on Alan and James swapped the lead with each other, with Tony and Keith vying for 3rd. Uwe had not played before and trailed some distance behind by the end of turn three.
For once we managed to play all four conflicts in the fourth century, with no single player managing (or wanting?) to reach the end of any particular tribal influence track. James ended the game by playing his two turn special action and initiating a conflict in an unimmportant , to him, area, using tribal markers in which he had no influence at all.
James finished with most points (84), then Alan (82), Keith (63), Tony (61) and Uwe (51).
This is a game where it is difficult (impossible?) to catch up if you do not stay in touch with the leaders. James and Alan both said that their tactic was to ignore the board and watch the influence track, initiating conflicts as the need arose.
James reckons that it is a fair criticism to call this game "Attila goes shopping for shoes." Alan agrees that the theme is very thin, but is unclear as to the footwear reference.
Overall, we still like the game.