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A truly great game system that can be played in 2.5 hours. I especially like the way fleets co-operate with the land-based units. Very clever!
Block wargame heaven. Streamlined rules, agonizing decisions, buckets of dice, well-balanced scenario, unscripted openings. What’s not to love?
What an amazing game! I read through the eight pages of rules and thought “is this all there is to it”? The first game was interesting. I wondered if the gameplay would get stale with just a couple of strategies.
But after a half dozen plays every game has played out completely differently. There is some “magic” to this game that I can’t quite figure out. Maybe having the Mediterranean Sea in the middle of the board is the secret. Movement tends to be fast using ships across the sea but slows over land around the periphery. Positions can appear static but then change dramatically in a few surprising moves.
Another fantastic Columbia block game! Very well balanced, great for new players and experienced players alike. As someone who is colorblind, I found the green/tan blocks that came with the game to be indistinguishable from one another, but Grant at Columbia Games furnished me with a new set of black and white blocks. Columbia’s customer service is second to none!