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Norbert Chan
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Wow, so this is what you get for 100 pieces of gold.
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Don had purchased this recently and I had heard decent things about the game. Don had explained the rules to Trevor and Gary and they were playing a learning game before I showed up. I had read the rules, so I was almost ready to jump in, but I needed some clarification on the secondary craftsmen.

In our first game, we were playing with the 6 basic Gods and no specialists. I got to place first, but that meant I was last in the bidding order: Gary bid 1, Don bid 2 to win the bid. He took the Engai God (get 2 cattle per round). Gary took the Tsui-Goab (may use same goods to upgrade monuments). I decided to take Gu (any craftsman only adds 1 VR) while Trevor did not take any Gods. Now, in his turn ,Gary had put down a wood craftsman, asking for a price of 3. I decided to put down a clay craftsman within range of 3 clay and set a price of 1. So this allowed Trevor to go to a level 2 monument. Yes, I realize this was a mistake setting a price of 1. I should have set a price of 2. But that meant everyone could upgrade quickly.

The others thought about buying a secondary craftsman in clay to take away my clay craftsman, but no one did it. Don also bought a woods craftsman in an attempt to undercut Gary. All this meant there were lots of resources for Trevor to upgrade his monuments. He never purchased one the whole game, and in a finishing touch, took the God that gives a VR of -2 to win. Yes, we didn’t play particularly well, by not defending against Trevor at all.


Trevor is green and wins by upgrading monuments cheaply. Gary is yellow and off by 6 from his VR, I am red and off by 7. Don is white.

Game 2: Ready for the full experience, we play with all the Gods and all the specialists. Again I get to place a monument first. Trevor bids 1, then Gary bids 3 to end the bidding. Gary selected the God which makes all goods equal to one (I forgot the name of this God). Trevor takes Oblanta, which allows him to place two level 1 monuments per turn. Don takes Qamata the God that collects all hub costs. I decide to take the herd specialist (gain 1/2/3 cattle by placing 2/4/6 cattle on the card).

Gary built a wood craftsman first, but Don built a woods craftsman in the other corner, presumably to increase hub costs. They both set a price of 3, to defend against Trevor. All I could do was slowly build up my cattle using the herd.

With Trevor taking Oblanta, I had thought he had put a countdown on the game, but we didn’t realize he couldn’t win by putting down all level 1 monuments, as there were not enough tokens. He would have to upgrade eventually. I thought Trevor had the advantage, then I thought Don had the advantage as he had the most money through people using hubs (and Don used many hubs himself). But Don only had 2 monuments the whole game, which was his downfall. If he had spent one or two turns placing level 1 monuments, he would have more opportunities to earn points. I had spaced enough monuments around, so that when I built up enough cattle,I could outbid everyone to go first, raise the level of my monuments and denying everyone else the scarce resources. I spent something like 19 cattle on the last turn, getting 5 upgrades for 3 cattle each, to earn 10 VPs. I also took Xango the God (gives VR -2) on the last turn for the win. Now, I did build a diamond craftsman to get VP a few turns earlier, so it wasn't quite like Trevor's first game win where he had no craftsman.


I am red and upgrade enough for the win, using cattle built up from my herd specialist. It was Don's game to lose, and he is limited by his 2 monuments. Don is white. Trevor is green and also meets his VR, while Gary is yellow.

It’s a decent game, but Gary remarked it was a bit dry. I echo that sentiment as well. There is a lot of analysis involved, much of which can become second nature, but there is lot of counting squares to get your resources and paying costs. Granted, we haven’t explored all the aspects of the game. Don said he wasn’t sure the game was going to be played again, given there are too many good games out there. It was fun to try, and I would play again.
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Morten K
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You have hardly scratched the surface of the game. Often it isn't the best thing to take a god on your first turn but wait a bit instead to see how the game develops.
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Just an FYI - you are not limited by the number of monument tokens. Jeroen confirmed in another thread that "Cardboard is limited, wood is not."
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