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Alex Berry
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As Mentioned in the Video Review, I think this a great epic American style game, the time component is an issue, but you truly have a feel of the sweep of time, this isn't a game for everyone but for certain people who like that American style of play, I believe that you will truly love this game.



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Nice review Alex. Did you find the colour scheme used in Britannia for the board a bit weird with the sickly yellow colouryuk, as I'm a Brit, & as far as I'm aware I don't live on a desert island. I think that maybe FF games bought a job lot of this colour as they seemed to have used it in Game of Thrones Board Game as well.
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You seem to have got the rule for overrunning wrong (Part 2 about 2:10). To move through an area you have to leave behind twice as many units as that area contains, so in your example, you would have had to leave 2 units in Sussex, but only 1 unit is then needed to move into Essex. You show 1 unit left in Sussex and 2 moving into Essex.
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You are correct Dave D, I forgot that was the true rule and not the house rule that I play with, I apologise.


As for the colour scheme, I didn't have any problems with it; A lot of maps in the day have that "desert" colour.
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My original draft of the rules (posted here somewhere I think, certainly on my Web site) is regarded as easier to use.

Both my site and FFG's Britannia site have a two-turn walkthrough of play.
 
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I'm repeating myself from things I've said on other threads, but:

I suggested to FFG that they not have green pieces on a green board (as the older versions). So they changed to a yellow board but yellow pieces! I suppose they thought purple pieces were too hard to see.

I've not heard the game compared with A&A before. There are something like 800 die rolls in one game of Brit. Probably a lot less than in A&A, but enough that luck can "even out", though I've seen it fail to do so. There are fewer pieces in Brit than A&A, average about 55. But the strategy and style of play is nothing like A&A, which is a two-sided game.

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It doesn't seem anything like Axis and Allies. I would have rather heard a comparison to other games like it: History of the World, History of the Roman Empire, and Small World. What are the advantages / disadvantages compared to these games?
 
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Small World and History of the World don't let you produce new units from the production points that your territories produce, both Britannia and A&A do, Small World and History of the world only have one generic type of unit per race, Britannia (Through infantry and Calvary) and Axis and allies have units with different abilities that score hits one different . Is is identical to A&A no of course not, however A&A is a very popular well known game, a lot of the viewers aren't hardcore gamers who know all about these other games, I thought in some respects the comparison was apt, it some aspects it is similar to HOTW and Small world with new races coming into play, except they don't go into full decline like those games.


I never played history of the roman Empire, so I can comment about that.



@Lewis good to hear that a playthrough is available at your website, it is a pity that there wasn't a slip in the box mentioning that, I really believe sample playthrough's are very helpful for learning the game.
 
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Tuttle757 wrote:

@Lewis good to hear that a playthrough is available at your website, it is a pity that there wasn't a slip in the box mentioning that, I really believe sample playthrough's are very helpful for learning the game.


The playthrough didn't exist when the first printing was sold (2006). The second printing has its problems (the unit messup) that the first didn't have, and adding anything new wasn't in the cards. FFG are now too busy to add anything to their Brit Web site.

Originally I wanted them to include a CD with the game with a video to teach how to play, but they said their clientele didn't need that. And I've never got around to making the video. There is only an 11 minute MP3 (also on my Web site).

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dave boulton
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you have too many brigantes on the board
 
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Mauricio de Souza Fonseca
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Great review. I also played it incorrectley in some parts in my first two games. The rules book should be better.
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