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Mark Gilby
United Kingdom
London
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10
Feb 2003*
This can be played with 3 or 5, but I think that upsets the "balance". Some would argue that 4 isn't balanced, but I have seen all 4 starts win.
2003-02-05*
Asbjørn Myklebust
Norway
STRAUME
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10
Apr 2003*
If you haven't played the 3 or 4 games it takes to get into this, you really are missing out on something great. This really is one of the best games around, and if you haven't you should check out the PBEM community. It works great.
2003-04-17*
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Mattias Kling
Sweden
Linköping
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10
Jul 2003*
Wonderful game that requires exactly four player (There are rules for 3 and 5 players but it is not nearly as fun). I'd say 3 hours is a little optimistic, 4-5 hours is more like it.
2003-07-09*
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Jocke Persson
Sweden
Stockholm
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10
Oct 2004*
You need to invest several sessions in this game to learn the basics, preferrably four, one with each colour. But if you have the patience to learn it, the payback is enormous. I've probably played like 50 sessions of 4 hours each, and it is still my favourite. The history lesson is awesome.
2004-10-20*
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Roman Moreno Urdiales
Spain
Hospitalet de Llobregat
Barcelona
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10
Apr 2005*
One of my favourite classics. A little luck driven but very funny!!
2005-04-04*
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Glenn Burford
United States
Fontana
California
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10
Sep 2005*
Great game!
2005-09-24*
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mike frey
United States
rougemont
North Carolina
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10
Dec 2005*
great game love the tournament style
bidding for your starting color...
2005-12-13*
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Moritz Eggert
Germany
Munich/Germany
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10
Dec 2005*
The new version by Fantasy Flight games has to be commended as being the most perfect edition up to date. For the first time the rules really get it right, and the (minor) tweaks by Mr. Pulsipher really shine and make the game seem fresh even for veteran players like me. The board and the counters are of top quality as well, although the VP's as "change" doesn't really work, but nobody is kept from simply writing the scores down as it was done before. Yes, there is dice rolling, yes, the events are scripted, but there is also lots of strategy involved, and the more skilled player who plans ahead and saves his men for the really important battles usually wins. "Ancient Conquest" might have come first, but it is to the credit of Lew Pulsipher that we have a great classic "simple" wargame with immense flair that is still enjoyable after all these years.
2005-12-27*
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Frank Isaksson
Sweden
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10
Jan 2006*
I come back to play this game as often i can the last 15 years. I have to buy the second edition now because i want to try the new rules and since my old gameset has started to wear out of to much playing.
Absolutely the best game i have played with no competition.
2006-01-15*
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Finland
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10
Dec 2006*
Wonderful, perhaps the best 4-player theme-rich game I've played! Deserves it's ten!
2006-12-11*
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d-tjarlz Williams
Australia
Armidale
NSW
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10
May 2006*
Britannia is one of the best four player games out there. You might have to play about five games to realise this however. PBEM goes at a glacial pace... but can also be excellent fun. Ken's BBR surpises sometimes with its results!
2006-05-04*
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Jeff Long
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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10
Nov 2014
A game that's ridiculously long and definitely not for everyone, and yet I love it anyway. There's something about the dynamics of this game that just 'make' it for me. I'd probably rate it a 10 in how often I'd be willing to play it, but practicalities of time and the learning curve of the game make it impossible to play as much as I'd like, which therefore frustrates me and therefore lowers my rating.
Edit: Nevermind. It's a 10 anyway.
2014-11-03
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Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
May 2006*
My favorite romp through history game!
2006-05-31*
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Cathrine & Frank Carroll
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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10
Jun 2006*
Classic wargame.
2006-06-01*
Alexandre Leblanc
Canada
Longueuil
Québec
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10
Jul 2013
On an anvil of blood and terror they forged the destiny of an island!

That has to be the coolest boardgame tagline ever! Wished they keeped it in the new FFG version (which is the one that I have). I like this game's theme. A lot. The gameplay is fun, not too complicated (though it has a lot of exceptions), and it's really interesting to play the different people that enter and leave play at different moments.

***UPDATE***
After quite a few games, this one has really grown on me. There is no doubt this is my favorite "wargame". There seems to be so many different strategies, and each game is different and fun. My rating is now a "9".

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Let's be real here. I am ever gonna turn down a game of Brit? Nahhh. 10!!!
2010-10-20
Owned
George Van Voorn
Netherlands
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10
Mar 2009*
Great "sweep-of-history", I liked HotW but I really like this one. The combination of history and simple basic rules (yes, there are many secundary rules, I know) is nice. Despite the default set-up there's great diversity in the unfolding of the game play.
2006-07-12*
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Mike Merten
Germany
Münster
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10
Mar 2011
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Lance Harrop
United States
Manassas
Virginia
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10
Aug 2006*
This is the four player strategy game, especially for a steady group willing to play it over time. Strategies will develop and there will be a migration of 'this color always wins' belief through Yellow/Blue/Red/Green and around again.
2006-08-06*
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fred rik
Sweden
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10
Sep 2006*
Superb game, not a single game is the same even hough it "should" be.

The only drawbacks:
Knowing/memorizing the province names.
The memorizing/knowing of who/what comes next turn what provinces do they want.
Takes a lot of extra time unless you have at least 2 people counting scores and that you have german efficient dicerolling procedures ie attacker rolls defence and offencedices. With 200+ dicerolls its a pain to watch people waiting for the attackers dices to fall before rolling their own thus wasting 3-4 s for every roll that adds up to like 30 min of wasted time.
2006-09-01*
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James Sexton
United States
Syracuse
New York
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10
Sep 2006*
I have always had a blast playing this one!
2006-09-02*
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Robert Stenseng
United States
Duluth
Minnesota
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10
Oct 2006*
Very intense game. Huge strategic elements and constant involvement in the game even when its not your turn. Intricately balanced. The unique flow and great historical attention to detail plus the simple and elegant combat and staggered entry of troops makes this a game I love to play over and over. The rules are a bit vague. One of my top 3 games.
2006-10-30*
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Mike Betzel
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Oct 2008*
Awesome light war game. I love the ebb and flow for each player as their nations come into play. It's a fairly scripted game as nations come in at specific times but there's enough room to experiment and enough incentive to push yourself to get the hard-to-earn points that I don't think any two games will play exactly the same.

EDIT: Yep, it's a 10.
2008-04-16*
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Gary Libby
United States
Middletown
Rhode Island
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10
Jan 2007*
A great game that has had a major face lift with the new FFG release.
2007-01-15*
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Jf Roustan
France
NOE
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10
Jan 2007*
I'm playing at the first edition regularly for 17 years now and it's still one of my favourites games.
Never boring but still fresh and fascinating. An absolute must play !
2007-01-28*
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Brian Morris
United States
Raytown
Missouri
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2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan
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10
Jan 2007*
My favorite 4 player game of all time. Extremely rich theme with a great game system. The player plays not 1 but 4 or 5 different powers who rise and decline during the course of the game. The situations change and evolve for the player as the game goes on. Thus they may start by fending off Roman invasion but then in the middle of the game start raiding the Scottish Coast to only end up fighting the Saxons for control of Southern England towards the end.

In terms of the new Fantasy Flight edition, it's very much the same game as the original with only a few tweeks here and there. The components are fantastic with one of the nicest quality mapboards I've ever seen for a game.
2007-01-31*
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Greg Frank
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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10
Mar 2007*
Great game, long but very fun and amazingly balanced.
2007-03-26*
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Tom Zimmer
Trinidad and Tobago
Trantor
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10
May 2007*
Romans, Saxons, Normans, Norsemen, Dubliners, Danes, Picts, Scots and so on. All the people I played with loved the game. Easy rules, lots of strategies for all the different invaders. Great fun to play and one of my most beautyful games. Great gamemap that deserves that name (Greetings to GMT!!! They make great games but pityful gamemaps) and due to the many waves of invasions that hit the isle all the players get to have a "high time" sooner or later. Luck is not on my side in this game, but just for the great map and styling Fantasy Flight Games deserves a medal. If you dont have it then for God's sake buy it! Also have the old Avalon Hill version of the game but map and counters are most boring.
2007-05-26*
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Murray Grelis
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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10
Jan 2009*
My favourite game of all time. I love the history and the aesthetics. The disparate starting positions and powers are interesting and they seem to pan out differently each time it's played. It is very long but worth the effort.
2009-12-01
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Chad Marlett
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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10
Aug 2010
great history, fun game. while some colors are more favored than others, we track scores for each race so that there are some individual honors after the game.

Requires 4 players to work; there are 3 and 5 player variants, but I really would not bother.

FFG Version, had AH version.
2012-11-06
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Xi Bi
China
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10
Oct 2007*
Solid game, if you like battling through history . . .
2007-10-17*
Gary Wilson
United Kingdom
Blandford
Dorset
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10
Jan 2015
My all time favourite game - certainly different - and keeps all players involved until the end.
2007-12-02*
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Jose Enrique Fernandez
Spain
Caceres
Caceres
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10
Jan 2008*
Pure gold. Probably, the best 4-player game you can find out there. It needs skilled players to shine, but if you are able to play it with 4 even skilled people, you'll get a 4 hours game full of enjoyment and brilliant decissions to be made. I would play this game everyday if I had the chance.
2008-01-09*
Eric Grutz
Serbia
Belgrade
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10
Feb 2008*
This has grown into one of my all time favorites games. Unlike many euros and even some wargames, no two games are ever alike. Each game tells a epic story of the history of the Britain and it provides lots of memories.

The only issue I have with it is that the yellow (Roman) player has too much downtime during the midgame.
2008-02-16*
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Justin Bagley
United States
Berkeley
California
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10
Oct 2008*
Loved it. If future games are as good as the first few its a 10. Have now changed to 10 even though I was destroyed the last couple games.
2008-04-13*
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Teppo Saarinen
Finland
Turku
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10
Sep 2009*
For lack of better description I'll call Britannia "Advanced historical Diplomacy in Britain". A true historical shebang, covering the period from Roman conquest till the Battle of Hastings, it's quite heavily scripted, but somehow this manages to transform into a very positive effect, and a very enjoyable, if slightly sluggish and long gaming experience.
2008-03-04*
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Greg
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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10
Sep 2009*
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2014-11-10
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Johan Anglemark
Sweden
Storvreta
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Aug 2008*
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Jonas Nelson
Sweden
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Dec 2008*
I own the Gibson Games version. In those days the map and counters looked much much better, in my opinion.
I usually don't like games with stacks of counters, but this is an exception (and the stacks never get high).
2008-12-18*
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Hannu Pajunen
Finland
Turku
Varsinais-Suomi
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10
Jan 2009*
AH version. Almost 200 plays since 1986.
Not recently, though.
2009-01-09*
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DawnDee B
United States
Rohnert Park
California
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Apr 2009*
Nobody to play long, complex games with.
2009-04-05
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Scott de Brestian
United States
Mt. Pleasant
Michigan
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10
Dec 2012
My most-played game of all time, with 40+ sessions. Loved the original version. Haven't tried the new version yet, but looks like they made some productive changes.
2012-12-13
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Philip Jelley
United Kingdom
Hungerford
Berkshire
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10
Jun 2013
I bought this at college or more probably university, anyway I have racked up over a hundred games, with Red winning 26%, Blue 25%, Green 25% and Purple 24%. It is a simple push and shove game with players earning VPs for holding areas at certain times and sometimes for killing enemy leaders and units. A very good game for working out national strategies and tricks, with a certain amount of deal making and attacking-the-leader.
2014-02-25
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Bob the Hobbit
Estonia
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10
May 2010
(15/02/10) A deep and engaging game. Current goal is to play all four possible starting positions.

Update: bump to 10. I don't see the game as possibly ever exhausting itself.
2010-05-10
Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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10
Mar 2010
This one I played many, many times. If every player knows the game (and the strength/weaknesses of the various people), this is one of the best 4-player games on the market. Since the Avalon Hill Ireland Expansion, it even became better!
2013-01-14
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Daniel Dunbring
Sweden
Linköping
Östergötland
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10
Mar 2010
One of my absolute favories. A historical boardgames, with equal part strategy, luck and diplomacy all in one. The concept of balacing the other players points is also very interesting, and the game itself have nice graphics.
2010-04-04
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Zoogi Heureka
Germany
Flensburg
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Jan 2012
Simulating britains history over a 1000 years with dice. Best with 4 players and about 5 hours. ;-)
2012-01-14
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Jonathan Price
United States
Dover
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2010
The system is simply outstanding. The game rules are relatively simple and plays smooth. The map, counters, and charts are well laid out and quite attractive. The game provides tense situations and a whole lot of fun.
2010-08-12
Christophe Pont
Switzerland
Geneva
Geneva
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10
Aug 2011
One of the game that got me into it.
One of my models. So educative.
2011-09-21
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Ed James
England
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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10
Nov 2012
Thanks to my BGG Secret Santa 2011.
2011-12-06
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Sidonius Appolinarius
Ireland
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10
Nov 2011
Love the game but hate the lat edition map and counters.
2011-11-30
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