Well I will admit right from the get go – I am a board game geek and proud of it.
I have played many different ‘eurogames’ and particularly love ‘civilisation building’ games. This is one of my all time favourites, it looks good, plays well and has an excellent expansion that raises it from the 8/10 game to a 9.5/10 game it was meant to be.
OK why does it rock?
1/ There is little luck involved.
2/ There is great depth to the game.
3/ It is easy to learn and hard to master giving it great re-playability.
4/ The components are lovely.
5/ You may well become the greatest leader in ancient history.
The only failing in the production values is that the player aid sheets are on flimsy stock and really need to be laminated if you want them to last.
The only fault in game design is that each of the ancient civilisations is unique in it's ‘qualities’ and some are hard to do well as when a novice player.