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James Han
South Korea
Seo-gu
Daejeon
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10
Jan 2006*
Harro Pahl
Germany
Quarnbek-Strohbrück
Schleswig-Holstein
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10
Mar 2006*
Owned
Mario T. Lanza
United States
Camp Hill
Pennsylvania
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10
Nov 2006*
Brilliant design! I ordinarily don't like games with combat; however, this game is clever and ties multiple elements together in an ingenious way. The design has just the kind of brilliant interwoven systems I seek out in advanced strategy games. Have played three times and remain enamored. Won once using the Bulgar attack.
2006-11-07*
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Christophe Sancy
Belgium
Zaventem
B
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10
Nov 2007*
Another wonderful game from Martin Wallace: maximal player interaction, innovative mechanics, no downtime.
2012-11-16
Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
May 2008*
Brilliant Gem!!! Unique Advanced Strategy Game!! Get a copy now!
2008-05-18*
Tony Hamen
United States
Austin
Texas
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Music sucks now....
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10
Sep 2012
Great game with a lot of strategy. I look forward to my next play!
2010-12-06
Owned
Jeff
United States
Oregon
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10
Nov 2011
Owned
Lee eun-kyu
South Korea
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10
Apr 2012
Owned
Ivan Laptev
Italy
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10
Jun 2012
Brian Knowles
United States
Feeding Hills
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2012
Owned
For Trade
John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9.9
Oct 2012
Owned
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Manos Velivassakis
Greece
Athens
Attiki
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9.5
Nov 2014
Owned
Nikos Kalfin
Greece
N.Makri / Athens
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9.3
Oct 2008*
Maybe not the best but surely my favourite Wallace game!
2009-11-25
Owned
Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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9.2
Oct 2005*
My top choice from Essen 05. A very interesting mechanism where you play both sides of the conflict and must balance your point collection. The game moves fast and is easy to learn. IMO, even better than Wallace's last game Struggle of Empires.
2005-10-24*
Owned
Massimiliano della Rovere
Italy
Pisa
Tuscany
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9
Sep 2009*
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Rule Booklet Language: De.
2006-12-06*
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Bill Hollebeke
Belgium
Gent
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9
Nov 2005*
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Sergio Roscini
Italy
Perugia
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9
Nov 2005*
A resources (cubes and, in less measure, money) management game AND a wargame with a strong theme. You have to play in the two sides of the same conflict. You are at the same time a Byzantine noble AND an Arab sheik, you score points separately for the Byzantine and the Arab, but you have to balance the two factions so you can add the points together.

And there is much more going on.
Civil wars.
Barbaric population from the north.
The fall of Costantinople...

A very beautiful game with (and I think it’s unusual for Warfrog Games) great art. Wonderful board.
2005-11-14*
Owned
Alessandro Benvenuti
Italy
Marino
Rome
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9
Dec 2005*
Very long, but intense and with a lot of chosen to take.
2005-12-14*
Owned
Nicholas Barker
United Kingdom
London
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Dec 2005*
Thoroughly enjoyable quasi wargame which plays out in about 3 hours. There is quite a steep learning curve on first playing but you should be up to speed by the second game. Great depth of strategy and lots of nail-biting choices. One of those relatively rare games which works well for three players.
2005-12-17*
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Jared Boyce
United States
Unspecified
California
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9
Feb 2006*
JR Dundas
Canada
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Feb 2006*
Owned
Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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9
Mar 2006*
great concept, the game plays smooth and has a way to force your opponents into certain positions. I also like the 3 dice max (with exception of elites) per battle round and biggest army wins mechanism... One of the better euro style wargames...
2006-03-12*
Owned
Jim Cote
United States
Maine
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9
Apr 2013
Owned
Marco Fibbi
Italy
Florence
Tuscany
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9
May 2006*
Owned
Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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9
Jul 2009*
Very good and original, but under-appreciated cube-management strategy game in which you try to balance and maximise your victory points earned by the two rival empires during the war between the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Caliphate. The unique twist in this game is that all players control both sides and need to earn victory points for both sides. Conflict is resolved very straigthforward by rolling a number of dice based on the strength of the attacking force/defence with a 50% chance on inflicting casualties. Nevertheless, the stronger opponent will usually win the battle and hence the impact of this dice rolling on the overall game play and strategy is not that huge. By the way, you'll want to recieve casualties, as you have to pay for the upkeep of your armies at the end of the round. Take in account that if the balancing act with the victory points really doesn't succeed, then there is always the option to sack Constantinople for a knock-out Arab victory ...
2006-05-31*
Owned
Black Magic
Hong Kong
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Jul 2006*
Owned
Ulrich Blum
Germany
Cologne
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9
Jul 2006*
Martin Wallace did it again! Playing both sides of the conflict realy blows ones mind, but once grasped it opens up so many interesting strategies. Combined with the various end and winning conditions (wich remind me slightly of Liberté) this game is another wonderfully elegant design by Martin Wallace. What a great game. Can't wait to play again.
2006-07-10*
Owned
Carl Parsons
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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9
Jul 2006*
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Eric
United States
Virginia
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9
Oct 2008*
A wonderful game that really shines with 4 players. The strategies are not at all obvious at first blush, and the interactions among the many choices the players can make are subtle. Nicely aggressive, a little bit cutthroat.

The rules aren't perfectly clear, however, and they do leave out a few cases that are relatively likely to occur.

Beautiful components, and a wonderful board that very clearly displays the players' options. One of best I own.
2007-06-30*
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Johan
China
Shanghai
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9
Oct 2006*
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Christopher Buttaccio
United States
West Henrietta
New York
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9
Dec 2006*
Owned
Martin Jilek
Czech Republic
Prague
Prague 9
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9
Dec 2006*
Owned
Julien Vion
France
Préseau
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9
Jan 2007*
Owned
David Laufle
United States
San Ramon
California
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9
Apr 2007*
Owned
andrea ciuffo
Italy
Modena
Unspecified
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9
Aug 2007*
Bought @ essen and played it many times, and many people asked me to play it.
2007-08-27*
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Tom Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Jan 2010
Purchased: September 25, 2007 (Tanga)
2007-10-07*
Owned
Pierre-Luc Thiffault
Canada
St-Laurent
Québec
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9
Jan 2009*
Enjoyed my first game. It was a 2 player. It was enough to get my feet wet concerning the game rules. Next time I want try a 3 or 4 player game to test the game in more detail.

Played 2 4 player games, and won both. 2nd game I conquered the capital.

Game is unique in the way of scoring points. Each player controls both nations. Each player has to score points equally enough for the chance of winning. If one of your nation scoring value is twice as your other nation scoring value, you just score one and not both nations together. If that happens, you just lost the game.
2010-08-10
Owned
Jean-Luc Simard
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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9
Jan 2008*
Lech Osiński
Poland
Warszawa (Warsaw)
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9
May 2009*
Very good game with unconventional mechanics. A little of economy, strategy and a lot of blocks!

+ differences between Arabs & Byzantium (in arms and whole strategy and objectives).
+Bulgars ^^ <- I love that orange blocks.
2008-01-16*
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Steve Bernhardt
United States
saratoga springs
Utah
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9
Mar 2008*
Very good game. Playing both sides at once is novel, and works very well. Tough decisions. I consider this a eurogame with a REAL THEME.
2008-03-03*
Nuno Gonzalez
Portugal
Estoril
PORTUGAL
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9
Jul 2009*
Schizophrenic Euro-Wargame in which each player represents a family with interests in the Byzantine court and the Caliphate at the same time. Excellent choice for three players.High rating for the magnificient components and for multiplicity of strategies and treacherous cynicism Byzantine contained, (You can be the byzantine Admiral and at the same time let YOUR arab faction take Constantinople by sea!!).
2015-05-22
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Alfonso Zamora
Spain
Madrid
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9
Apr 2008*
Peter Kvito
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May 2009*
Owned
Tim Condit
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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9
Jul 2008*
Owned
Jason Leveille
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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You know you want to play with purple, don't you?
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9
Apr 2009*
Very fun "wargame". It's so tricky to figure out the balance between the factions, and then the threat of Constantinople falling to change the victory conditions adds a sweet twist.
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Russ Price
United States
Commerce
Michigan
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9
Nov 2008*
Owned
luca mordazzi
Italy
Bradenton
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Jan 2009*
ryan campbell
United States
Rockford
Illinois
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9
Feb 2011
It seems like it really needs 3 or more players; I doubt I will ever play a two player game of it again.

Also, as a pet peeve, the thickness of the wooden discs is twice what they should be and I find it very annoying. They get stacked too high and become too unstable, as well as block view of the board. Landing on their side too easily, they roll away. I'm in search for thinner discs or to cut these down.
2011-02-26
Owned
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Ben Skellett
Australia
Brisbane
Queensland
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I know I'm gonna get got. But I'm gonna get mine more than I get got.
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And the older you get, the fewer things you really love. And by the time you get to my age, maybe it's only one or two things. With me, I think it's one.
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9
Oct 2011
I love this game. Such an interesting theme & it's great to watch how the game unfolds. Limited actions & resources make the game so tight (as I would expect from MW) & the victory conditions are interesting. Want to play more.
2011-04-22
Owned
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Paolo Giorgi
Italy
Erbusco
Brescia
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Aug 2009*
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