Reading info and reviews about Iliade, this game sound similar to a quick version of "Condottiere". Is this true or I'm just saying plain crap?
Although Iliade is almost certainly an evolution of Condoittiere, it plays very differently since it has sophisticated card combinations and allows you to attack enemy forces. The threat of card combinations also prevents weaker cards from ever being truly useless, a persistant problem with low ranking armies in Condoittiere. The strategy of playing threatening cards to intimidate other players away from certain combinations is a major factor in this game that is only hinted at in Condoittiere.
The large number of "Rock Paper Scissors" type relationships often gives Iliade an almost a CCG type feel. Perhaps the best way to think of it is as a CCG type game that uses Condoittiere as its base. Condoittiere is dominated by a strategy of conserving cards which is not as important in Iliade since you don't always have to win 1st place to get what you want.