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Timothy Sullivan
United States
Glen Carbon
Illinois
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Mar 2016
This game will appeal to a fairly unique group: (1) You must enjoy Ameritrash style gameplay -- lots of plastic minis attacking each other with dice. (2) You must have the patience for a fairly tedious economic system of buildings and production.
2016-05-02
Owned
Rob Thijssen
Netherlands
Rotterdam
Zuid-Holland
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5
Apr 2016
Looks nice...but it comes down to a big portion of luck.
2016-04-29
Mike K
United States
Little Rock
Arkansas
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3
Dec 2014
Don't enjoy. Kind of boring to me.
2016-04-11
Owned
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Luka Sremić
Croatia
Zagreb
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4
Aug 2015
Too based on luck
2016-03-23
Owned
Xiuming Chen
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5
Mar 2016
Haven't played this in over 10 years, from what I remember the rules were hard to understand and the components could be of higher quality.
2016-03-16
Owned
Tricky Moon

Illinois
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5.5
Mar 2016
Played once with a group of six players. Game play was simply ok, not terrific but fun enough to keep people engaged. Would like to try again sometime but not high on the list.
2016-03-14
Owned
Ben Ronaldson
United Kingdom
Southampton
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6
Aug 2015
1
2016-03-02
Gannon Dubay
United States
West Henrietta
NY - New York
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7
Mar 2016
I like this game as a simpler alternative to Civilization, and I enjoy the more complex combat system, but If I am going to convince someone to play a game like this, I might as well go all out and play Civ.
2016-02-12
Owned
Raistlin
Italy
Torino
Torino
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6
Mar 2014
Mechanics are quite good, but there are two big problems here in my opinion:
1) combat-system based on rock-scissor-paper --> total random, long and very frustrating;
2) 'beat on the weakest' aspect, terribly frustrating...

A potential quite good game ruined by a broken combat-system and a terrible 'beat on the weakest' aspect.
6 is my rate: taken as it is (--> a total blast) the game can be fun to play, components are good and I like the epic theme.
2016-02-03
Owned
Grega
Slovenia
South Carolina
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4
Feb 2016
A lot different than the computer game
2016-02-01
Owned
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7
Aug 2015
Storage
2016-01-22
Owned
Jim Magnanti
United States
Michigan
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Jun 2013
Great game until combat starts. Couldn't they come up with something better than rock paper scissors?
2016-01-06
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ah kaiser
Canada
Woodstock
Ontario
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6
Aug 2015
My wife owns me at this game!
2015-12-27
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Dana Dawson
Italy
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May 2014
A very bad, clunky, somewhat obnoxious game.
2015-12-15
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Jeremy Glassman
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5
Dec 2015
Bought this around 2006 at the Barnes and Noble. It is a very 'OK' game. Good Condition. Was one of my first games.
2015-12-06
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Jack Squat
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Dec 2015
Over the past decade I've played this once every year or two, and it's definitely grown on me. I especially like the card selection process and the placement of victory point cubes. Some people have pointed out that the plastic figures are unnecessary--you could just use cards--but they add a visual coolness factor that adds to the appeal. What other game has plastic mummies, minotaurs, frost giants, etc., etc. This is a game I'll be hanging on to and enjoying for years to come.
2015-12-06
Owned
Jeff Pratt
United States
Anacortes
Washington
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Oct 2015
It looks like the Age of Mythology, smells like the Age of Mythology, but it sure as hell doesn't play like the Age of Mythology, at least not the PC game, from which it derived its name.

Age of Mythology comes with over three hundred stunning miniatures of mythological heroes and beasts, all of which are completely unnecessary. There's no map, so seemingly there shouldn't be a need for dudes, especially this many of them. Another thing that I find odd is the lack of artwork on the building tiles, considering one of the main objectives of this game is to build the largest city display. Rows of little yellow tiles with HOUSE in big black letters doesn't exactly titillate the senses. The cards are nice, if a bit flimsy, and overall the art is top notch. If nothing else, this game is as big of a home brew toolbox as the old Eagle Games Civilization used to be.

All kidding aside, playing Age of Mythology has been a mixed bag for me. There are many aspects of the game that I find innovative and engaging, such as the use of exploration tiles and player mats to abstract the large, fixed territory map most games in this genre rely on. This cuts down on table sprawl while still allowing for 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) type game play. The threaded turn order keeps everyone involved in the game and the action system adds a very subtle screw your neighbor strategic layer.

Yet other parts of the design feel half baked. The combat system in particular really holds the game back. A battle brings everything to a screeching halt as the players involved have to select a small number of miniatures from their large pool of minions to send into the battle. Combat is then resolved via blind one on one match-ups that are essentially nothing more than rock-paper-scissors. To make matters worse, attacks can (and usually do) end after one or two combats, even if ten creatures were sent to the fight. As a result, there is very little in the way of attrition for either player. Despite being based on a RTS war game, there is little reason to ever fight in any protracted battles.

For the most part, I still like the game. Unfortunately, my issues with the combat system limit the plays it will get. A couple of years ago I would have been more willing to put up with the game's quirks, but today there is so much more competition for my three hours of boardgame time that I have a hard time pulling it out on game day. As a result, this only gets played once a year, at best.
2015-10-22
Owned
Dale C
United States
Brewer
Maine
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5
Jan 2015
Enjoyed the resource gathering and building, but this game hinges on combat with miniatures and buckets of dice, sort of Axis Allies in Mythology.
2015-10-06
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Chris Spear

Marysville
Washington
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7.5
Nov 2015
I really enjoy this game, I really want to print some of the alternate civilizations for 4-5 player games. I do have a second copy for trade that I thrifted.
2015-09-07
Owned
Brian Schlichting
United States
Elk River
Minnesota
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7
Apr 2016
(10+ plays)

This game feels like we are waging epic battles with powerful mythical creatures. There's downtime for one person in combat, but they're always watching, cheering one player on ... goddamn peanut gallery. The dice-fest of a combat system is exciting and always a nail-biter. One on one, beast on beast. I may never get sick of this one.
2015-09-05
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For Trade
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Mike van Veen
Netherlands
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4
Oct 2015
Many interesting game mechanics, sadly brought down by 1) a terrible, TERRIBLE combat system and 2) the fact that attacking the weakest player is generally more rewarding.
2015-08-23
Owned
Sören Kohrt
Germany
Kiel
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5
Nov 2010
english edition
2015-08-14
Owned
For Trade
A. S.
Germany
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5
Jan 2013
I bought this game because I LOVE the RTS, but the boardgame is not able to bring this feeling on the table.

I enjoy the civilisation-building aspect, because it brings some good ideas, but the battle-system feels totally wrong. Good miniatures.
2015-08-07
Christian Heckmann
Germany
Mainz
Rheinland Pfalz
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Mar 2016
Lots of stuff cobbled together from different successful games parred with a few very interresting additions, like the card-action-system. The minis are hit and miss and the combat system has it's problems. Sadly due to the long playing time, the negatives keep it from hitting the table more often.
2015-08-04
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AJ Newhausen
United States
Loves Park
Illinois
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7
Aug 2015
Okay game, although combat dragged a bit.
2015-08-03
Mark Wrighty
United Kingdom
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Jul 2014
Also played once in 2013
2015-07-13
Owned
Kenny Ketner
United States
Lubbock
Texas
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7
Jul 2015
I enjoy the game, but setup is complicated (and so is finding other players)
2015-07-13
Owned
Leon Stansfield
Austria
Lower Austria
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6
Jun 2015
played more than 5 times
2015-06-06
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Wolfram Troeder
Germany
Bruchkoebel
Hessen
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Feb 2009*
Ameritrash! More plastic than game
2015-05-08
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Dennis McCarthy
United States
Dundalk
Maryland
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Jul 2010
Sold
2015-04-21
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Waldon Chisholm
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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6.5
Apr 2015
As usual for Eagle games, great components for the money. I like this game and the only thing holding it back for me is a slow and plodding combat system that can be downright painful for the other players to sit through.
2015-04-21
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Marcus
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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5
Apr 2015
Pretty much a forgotten game at this point (2015) that no one plays anymore.

Maybe the "best game" published by the first iteration of Eagle Games since: the game seemed to work, somewhat OK gameplay and wasn't "broken" right out of the box... unlike most of the dross that Eagle Games published at the time.

It's been a very long since I played the game, but I do recall OK quality minis and Eurogame like mechanics such as the role selection mechanic used in Puerto Rico. Don't think this game would hold up very well compared to current games of a similar nature.

Don't remember especially liking or disliking the game, so a "5" it is.
2015-04-13
Salvatore Corrao
Italy
Caulonia Marina
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Feb 2016
Too Long, everything is decided in the last two rounds but you have to wait 10 rounds to get there.
2015-03-17
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James Thayer
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Jan 2015
Eagle Games edition

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2015-03-17
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James Newman
United Kingdom
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
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8
Dec 2014
Only played once but looking forward to getting it out again. Cool minis, nice resorce mat, really enjoyed playing it
2015-02-19
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Vitali Nossov
Estonia
Narva
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Jul 2015
Owned
Alan Goodrich
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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4
Mar 2013
This one got traded. Really, it was far too long for what it was, and the many elements didn't really congeal. Never made it to the table, so out it went.
2015-02-14
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Stephane Nolet
Canada
Quebec
Quebec
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Feb 2015
Behind a thin resource management system and a civ game look, AoM is pretty much just a combat game with nice minis.
2015-02-13
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Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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Jan 2015
--Aug2006-- Fairly amusing re-imagining of the Age of Mythology computer game. The boardgame is streamlined enough to be quite playable, and - while it's difficult to treat seriously - is a species of entertainment.
2015-01-31
Luigi Pasato
Italy
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9
Jan 2015
Great game, specially the 3-player version!
2015-01-27
Owned
R S
Netherlands
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Apr 2014
6.20
2015-01-10
Owned
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Joerg Sterner
Austria
Vienna
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Dec 2010
KG
2015-01-07
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Roy Wristen
Canada
Unspecified
Unspecified
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8
Oct 2010
Interesting concept and great for smaller table space since each player gets their own board. Good for a few hours of fun... and less political debates about stabbing your ally in the back. It can be a little easy to corner the market in a resource or two and cut others out completely.
2015-01-07
Owned
Bob McClaren
United States
Orient
Ohio
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5
Dec 2014
The game is unbalanced. The Norse have a better area for resources, better units, and more opportunities.
2014-12-30
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Michelle Moore
United States
Arlington
Texas
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8.1
Dec 2014
I wish this didn't take us so long to play because the whole family enjoys it, but the younger kids get bored after an hour.
2014-12-11
Owned
Sylvain Lacroix
Canada
Quebec City
Quebec
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7.5
Dec 2014
Playing with modified rules, this game tends to be long but generates a lot of fun. Puerto Rico meets Ameritrash.
2014-12-05
Owned
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Aug 2008*
This game has lots of ornamentation, but to my mind the actual play didn't justify the ornamentation.
2014-11-23
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David Shewan
United States
Churchville
New York
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Nov 2014
Purchase/Selling History:
Bought from Dave Walrod late '06
Sold to Jason Nov '08

Rating: 6.0
Design rating: 3.5 (-.5)
Component rating: 1
Willingness to play rating: 1
Fun rating: 1

Players considerations:
Needed to be for 5-6 when it came out and better with one house rule. Can go slow if there's a lot of battles too.
Willingness is limited by the 4 player max in this game.

My thoughts:
This is a really fun game to play, lots of choices and strategies to consider. Too bad Eagle only allowed for up to 4 players without the expansion. All they needed to include was more tiles and wooden blocks.... I have thought that a possible way to "fix" this game, if it even needs it, would be to score the victory points every round or two so that there are short term goals players can go after and won't be totally let down and screwed by a horrible last round or two.
Great theme and pieces, components are great.
2014-11-20
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Pablo Perez
Spain
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Nov 2014
Mezcla de eurogame de recursos y ameritrash lleno de figuritas y batallas, las cuales ralentizan bastante las partidas de un juego ya de por sí no muy rápido. Su irregular diseño y lo aleatoria que puede ser la victoria son los otros puntos negros de un juego divertido a pesar de todo lo anterior y de sus centenas de componentes.
2014-11-18
Daniel CA
Spain
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6.8
Jun 2014
Traded for Imperial 2030
2014-11-12
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