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Wars of Marcus Aurelius
Publisher: Hollandspiele
by Alexander J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/16/2020 08:04:26

Great game! I'm normally not a fan of SOS-mechanics (I find them way too restricting for tactical decisions and there is an abundance of such games) but this game manages to not feel like "another SOS-game" at all: Gameplay is very interesting and engaging, the card mechanic adds much depth, the story telling aspect is strong. A nice game and fully worth the price. I had no problems to make the game with the files myself.



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Attack of the 50 Foot Colossi!
Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
by Alexander J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/14/2019 13:26:52

Fast and furious tactical gameplay, very accessible and full of surprises and interesting situations. Every time I play it the game manages to challenge me, every time I think I found the perfect plan, the random factor destroys my confidence. I really like this game as it's easy to get into rulewise, but can be hard as nails to win. The whole art design is perfect, capturing the movie-like approach of the game. The two maps (with different objectives) and the randomness, thanks to a card-draw mechanic which controls the enemy, guarantee almost endless replayability. My favourite aspect about the game is the atmosphere it evokes. It manages to make me feel as if I'm indeed in the middle of a desperate battle against the giant monstrosities that gave the game its name. While these enemies are brutal and terrifiying, they are not just mindless brutes but have their own rules, their own strict hierarchy and their different tribes act according to different rules. That way the game manages to give me the impression that my enemies, while in reality nothing other than random factors, act purposefully and by following their own primeval logic and their rigid social structure. That's one of the most fascinating parts of the game for me. The now updated PNP-version is very easy to assemble and absolutely worth the price asked. I can only recommend this game to everybody looking for a fantastic solitaire-experience and gladly give it the full five stars.



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Optimates et Populares
Publisher: Hollandspiele
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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