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Chris Gallo
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Is this game considered a war game? Also is this considered to be a medium weight game and not too difficult for people who have game experience with say something like Risk to learn? Thanks guys.
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This is considered a heavy war game. An average game lasts between 4 and 6 hours of play. I would not recommend this game for beginner gamers. The simularity with risk ends with the fact that you have armies and try to conquer territories.

There is a big diplomatic and politics system interwoven in the game. There are character cards that can be played in combat, there are random events and the game does not have any dice included.

The rulebook is feely accessible at: https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/30/4f...

Have a look to see if it is something for you.
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This is not really considered a "wargame" in the grognard sense. It's more about diplomacy than most wargames. It's fairly heavy - far worse than risk, although after you get used to it, it's not that bad. Certainly, you could learn it, but I'd spend some time reading and understanding the rules - it's not a pick-up-and-play type game.
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Chris Gallo
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Yeah I see now that this game strongly has ties to the game Diplomacy just has more to it. It is more about being diplomatic and then stabbing your opponents in the back at the right time. Thanks for the info guys. It was between this and Kemet and I think I'm going with Kenet strictly because it's a quicker conflict game. More about being aggressive than being diplomatic.
 
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If you want to compare it to diplomacy, my group refers to this as "Diplomacy for those who can't" because it's added complexity makes backstabbing matter a lot less, so although it does happen, it isn't always game-ending.
 
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True but backstabbing is still a tactic used in this game it's just more tactical. A well placed lie on helping your supposed ally still hurts pretty bad especially when they're relying on your help at a crucial time. I agree diplomacy has less going on though.
 
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Fenderbass124 wrote:
True but backstabbing is still a tactic used in this game it's just more tactical. A well placed lie on helping your supposed ally still hurts pretty bad especially when they're relying on your help at a crucial time. I agree diplomacy has less going on though.


Oh, it is all about the diplomacy, but I find the game is a little gentler at going about it.
 
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