Carl Parsons – Babylon
Heidi Shook- Egypt
Jonathan Shook – Carthage
Jeff Anderson – Rome
Tim Kelly - Greece
Saturday night gaming looked to be a very enjoyable time as there were five very formidable players testing the Mare Nostrum waters. Since this was everyone’s first game we used the standard setup.
The early part of the game saw most everyone focus on their country's ability. Babylon started expanding and buying caravans as much as possible. Egypt was buying up cities like there was no tomorrow. Rome saw that they were given a military advantage and took it to heart. He started to amass a large army on Greece’s western border. Flummoxed by the Roman legions at his borders, Greece quickly escalated the cold war and built up an army of his own.
As a result of this Babylon was unimpeded in it’s growth and was soon rolling in territories and resources. The expansionists were happy, the merchants were happy and the economy boomed in a peaceful era. Meanwhile Carthage was diversifying and dallying in both cities and caravans.
Rome finally invades Greece and the ensuing warfare lasts the rest of the game. This pretty much keeps these two hawks busy with each other and out of the rest of our’s hair, and, as it happens, out of the running for first.
Egypt and Babylon are slowly emerging as the frontrunners with Egypt taxing her cities to death and Babylon enjoying a prosperous free market that benefits everyone. Carthage, being the other non militant empire tries to keep up with these two countries but discovers that diversity between taxes and resources is not necessarily a good thing in this game.
Rome and Greece still fighting each other. As a result of the war Greece is unable to utilize its power and only builds one trireme the entire game.
At this point there is one trading phase where Greece lays out three taxes. He is so embroiled in the war that he didn’t see that Egypt could easily scoop up two of them and get twelve tax cards to buy the pyramids. Luckily nobody trades with Egypt and she has to buy a lesser wonder this round.
Egypt and Babylon are buying heroes and wonders while the rest of the world watches. Egypt focuses on wonders that help with taxes while Babylon buys the ones that help with resources. The two countries are neck and neck except that Egypt has the building advantage from being the political director.
Babylon realizes he must attack Egypt to have a chance to win but does this too late. Babylon cannot muster his forces fast enough to prevent Egypt from building its fourth wonder and winning the game.