Set in ancient Rome, Trajan is a development game in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life such as political influence, trading, military dominion and other important parts of Roman culture.
The central mechanism of the game uses a system similar to that in Mancala or pit-and-pebbles games. In Trajan, a player has six possible actions: building, trading, taking tiles from the forum, using the military, influencing the Senate, and placing Trajan tiles on his tableau.
At the start of the game, each player has two differently colored pieces in each of the six sections (bowls) of his tableau. On a turn, the player picks up all the pieces in one bowl and distributes them one-by-one in bowls in a clockwise order. Wherever the final piece is placed, the player takes the action associated with that bowl; in addition, if the colored pieces in that bowl match the colors shown on a Trajan tile next to the bowl (with tiles being placed at the start of the game and through later actions), then the player takes the additional action shown on that tile.
What are you trying to do with these actions? Acquire victory points (VPs) in whatever ways are available to you – and since this is a Feld design, you try to avoid being punished, too. At the Forum you try to anticipate the demands of the public so that you can supply them what they want and not suffer a penalty. In the Senate you acquire influence which translates into votes on VP-related laws, ideally snagging a law that fits your long-term plans. With the military, you take control of regions in Europe, earning more points for those regions far from Rome.
All game components are language neutral, and the playing time is 30 minutes per player.
Since making a big mistake teaching a game I hadn't played in a while I now make a “Reminders” sheet for all of my games. With Trajan I am breaking the mold and made a guide in parts: setup & reminders, turn requirements, actions outline, and quarterly and end game scoring. I think it's best if printed double sided on cardstock, trim off the excess all around and finally cut the bottom part off as a separate scoring outline. If you click on my user name, then click on Contributions, then go down to Files you can check out my Reminders for all of my games. Enjoy.
Plans for my Foam Core Insert for Trajan which was based on the design posted by fellow BGG user Grildenstork. After completing the insert I thought it might be helpful for other users if they liked my design to also provided plans. The plans are the first set I've created in over 20 years so if you have any suggestions/feedback on the format please let me know.
Geeklist comment where I got the basic layout from and pictures of my completed project can be found [comment=4486324]HERE[/comment].
[B]Note:[/B] The pictures for the card tray are missing the raised platforms that I added after playing the game with this insert.
Поправил синтаксические ошибки и неточности в нюансах. Если кратко: тайлы Траяна с ресурсами действуют только, когда они "выполнены", и лежат слева на серых квадратах персонального поля. Бонусные иайлы с миплами дают ПО не за миплов в лагерях, а за миплов на зданиях/провинциях.