Byzantio (2013)

Average Rating: 6.64/10
Board Game Rank: 3561
Strategy Game Rank: 1117
Family Game Rank: 903
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Year Published
2013
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, more than 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, more than 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Byzantio
Alternate Names
Nekken
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Byzantio is a game of medieval intrigue in the east in which players take the role of the heads of the main Byzantine dynasties, and scheme to choose the successor to the imperial throne.

In the 11th century A.D. the empire is torn between four factions, two of them provincial, military aristocracies (the houses of Comnenid and Phocas) and two of them urban, secular aristocracies (the houses of the Dukes and Angels). It is 1025, and the emperor Basileios II has ascended into the heavens without providing for an heir. In Constantinople, representatives from the most important aristocratic families vie for their favored to inherit the Emperor's ring and throne.

It is a futile and petty dispute as each family is not about to surrender the throne to any of the others, but they ultimately decide that the winner will be the one who's supported by most of the wealthiest cities of the empire. Every ambitious successor raises the banner of his dynasty and begins the struggle to win over the cities that will secure him the throne.

Each family secretly chooses seven imperial cities that they will seek to control through the actions available to them: Commandment, Diplomacy, Exile, Trade, Garrison, Espionage, and Corruption. May the rightful heir arise!


Nekken is a fantasy-themed implementation of this game using the exact same materials as Byzantio and with a map on the reverse side of the game board, giving a different game experience and essentially two games in one.

Four tribes have been living in peace for over 3000 years despite the ancient hatred of each other. United in the capital city Nekken, they slowly forgot their fear of the large volcano that looms over the metropolis – until the volcano erupted. Forced to abandon their homes, the tribes spread throughout the continent, facing danger in many forms while trying to establish new colonies. Their ancient hatred has also been awakened and now they must struggle to survive. However, they still need each other, a new cold war emerges in the shadow of the searing heat of the volcano.

In Nekken, each player takes the role of a leader of their tribe and tries to be the one who will prevail and become the ruler of this new society. The goal is to achieve prestige through the establishment of new and glorious cities, using actions to move their leader on the map, exploring, establishing cities, betraying friends to achieve their objective. Hopefully no other ruler intends on settling in the same place!

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Components

• 1 gameboard
• 40 wooden garrison tokens
• 4 wooden pretender to the throne tokens
• 1 wooden octagonal timeline marker
• 4 wooden pencils
• 1 scorepad
• 1 8-sided die
• 3 rulebooks (English, German, French)

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Byzantio
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Multilingual first edition
Publisher: LudiCreations
Artist: Mateusz Bielski, Chrisi Giannopoulou, Lefteris Iroglidis, Maciej Mutwilmore»
Year: 2013
Product Code: LCBZ052291301014
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 2.76 inches
2.00 pounds
English, French, German
Release Date: Q4 2013
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2 Ayuda de juego para Byzantio / Byzantio player aid (spanish)
Ayuda de juego para Byzantio incluyendo un resumen de reglas y una descripción de las acciones, eventos y Espionaje. Dos por hoja. Versión en castellano. -------- A player aid for Byzantio including a rules summary and a reference for actions, events and Espionage. 2 to a sheet. Spanish version.
Spanish
2014-08-04
6 Byzantio player aid
A player aid for Byzantio including a rules summary and a reference for actions, events and Espionage. 2 to a sheet.
English
2014-08-04
8 Player aid: actions and events
This one page file gives players an overview and summary of all the available actions and the events in Byzantio.
English
2013-12-09
2 Dutch player aid: overzicht acties en events
This one page file summerizes the actions and events in Byzantio. --- Dit bestand geeft in één pagina een overzicht van de acties en events in Byzantio
Dutch
2013-12-09
4 unofficial rulebook - Dutch / NL
I hereby upload an unofficial rulebook of Byzantio/Nekken. Edited by a freeware PDF program, so I couldn't use the same fonts. Enjoy!
Dutch
2013-10-14
5 Official rulebook - German
Official rules for Byzantio / Nekken, in German.
German
2013-09-25
4 Official rulebook - French
Official rules for Byzantio / Nekken, in French.
French
2013-09-25
26 Official rulebook - English
Official rules for Byzantio / Nekken, in English.
English
2013-09-25
9 Alternative Note sheet (unofficial)
In order to set your goals without having to know/find the names of the 34 different cities on the Byzantio map, this sheet contains all the locations to simplify allocating scoring points.
English
2013-08-04
9 Japanese rulebook
A PDF file of the rules in japanese language for The Byzantio / Nekken. This is not an official translation. This is my private translation. これは公式の日本語ルールではなく、私が私的に翻訳したものです。
Japanese
2013-07-21
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 3561
Strategy Game Rank: 1117
Family Game Rank: 903
Num Ratings: 147
Average Rating: 6.64
Standard Deviation: 1.69
Num Views: 48490
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.2
Fans: 38
Personal Comments: 78
Users Owning: 380
Users Wanting: 18
Users Trading: 21 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 308
Plays This Month: 0
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Wishlist 3
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Episode 28 A Love Letter to Nate While In Byzantio
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