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Optimates et Populares
by Alexander J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/21/2018 10:14:39

Optimates et Populares features a really interesting and engaging gameplay concept that manages to capture the feeling and ideas of late Roman republican politics quite well. Both players try to outmatch each other in their influence in the senate, in the election into high political offices, in their relation to the plebs, the legions and the merchants. Bribery, murder, spectacles for the masses, legislative actions, the possibility of "vetoing" the opponent's political efforts and much more generate a very interesting, multi-facetted experience. Every single decision has its consequences. I especially like the fact that the game works almost completely without the luck factor (there are only two instances where luck is important), almost the whole game works like a very intricate balancing of powers, every step is risky, every plan can fail. While the Optimates-player (the old, corrupt nobility) tries to keep as much of the "status quo" as possible by hindering reforms, the Populares-player tries to use his initial popularity with the masses to get political offices and push reforms. Both sides play different and there is still much room for experimentation. I play the game only solitaire, but it works surprisingly good, even almost without random gameplay elements it feels very dramatic. The presentation is well done as well - the manual is very readable and without ambiguities, the general art of the game is pleasant and unique. I can wholeheartedly recommend this game for everyone interested in the political concepts of the late Roman Republic - but also to everyone interested in politics generally. Even if you are not interested in politics, the gameplay is so intricate and at the same time highly elegant that I would also recommend it to everybody interested in unique gameplay concepts.



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Table Battles
by David H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/08/2018 12:10:55

Really enjoyed the experience. Very unusual game that merits being given a run. Plays well solitaire too.



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Agricola, Master of Britain
by Şamil . [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/08/2018 11:05:09

A4 paper format could have been handy but still it is very easy to make a copy.



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Optimates et Populares
by Stuart T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/19/2017 16:12:59

This is a great little game with a lot of theme, though you'll need to be interested enough in the history (but why else would you be reading?..) The map could do with a little streamlining, the rules with an example of play.

It is well worth your hard-earned to check this one out.



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Agricola, Master of Britain
by Adam W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/12/2017 13:48:49

Excellent light solo wargame. Simple and straightforward with plenty of decisions and dice rolling. The Battle system and hidden unit loyalty system are new and interesting. I would recomend this game to anyone interested solo conflict sims.



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Agricola, Master of Britain
by David H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/24/2017 12:39:02

A great little game. The mechanisms are simple but leave an aweful lot of hard decision making to be made. I still have to win a good victory. Ther AI is not dumb, it has it's own logic, and a very clever system of opaque containers to hide who is actually on your side a nd who isn't



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