A board game from Piatnik, Austria
These comments copyright 2000 by Steffan O'Sullivan
This page last updated February 3, 2002
I haven't yet played this game enough to review it, sorry. But I
have played it enough to know I won't be happy with the rules as
they are written. I think the game has potential, but it definitely
The two problem we had with the game are:
So far I have two potential fixes, but I haven't played them enough to
know if I'll stick with them:
- Not enough actions to justify all the fiddling and counting you do each
- The King issue: it's too easy to remain King once you become King.
While being King occasionally is a good balance mechanism, being
King all the time is not.
I really think the game is just a hair's breadth away from being
an excellent game, and these two fixes should take care of it.
- Remove the event cards in the deck having to do with lengthening
the round. Always play three rounds every epoch, unless one of the
event cards comes up that potentially shortens the round: roll for
each round as listed on the card in those cases. Otherwise, never
roll for round end - always play three round each epoch.
- You may not be King two epochs in a row. If you qualify to be King
the epoch immediately after you have been King, there is an Interregnum
instead. Thus if you want to try the strategy of remaining the player
with the fewest Estates in order to prevent others from becoming the
King, you can still do this - but you'll only be King every other turn
instead of every turn.
Oh - this is a game I refuse to play with German cards - there are
simply way too many of them. You can find my MS-Word .doc to print out
the cards in English at BoardgameGeek
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