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ANTIKE Another Recommendation for your Boardgames from The Boardgames Lady

boardgames lady Antike is a game played on your choice of two maps, with each player controlling a civilisation. It’s not about owning more territory than, or fighting with, the other civilisations. It’s about collecting awesome people. There are five different categories, each earned by fulfilling a different condition, and each one is worth a victory point. The number of victory points required to win varies with the number of players, as does the strength of certain strategies. Since the size of the map doesn’t vary, the more players there are, the more likely combat is to occur. One of the most interesting things about the game is the rondel. It has production spaces, utilization spaces, and manoeuvre spaces.

Small moves around the rondel are free and price increases with distance. Each turn, you take only the action appropriate to the space you move onto, which makes for short, fast turns. Each is a small step in a larger plan, rather than a standalone unit of play. This can really add to the enjoyment of the game, as even against slower players it is rare to wait long for your turn. And because each utilization square is opposite its corresponding production square, it also encourages having at least two interwoven strategies. The only random element is where you start on the board, everything else depends only on what players do. Although the civilisation strengths are very well balanced,

Boardgames Lady plays boardgames whenever she can and has done for as long as she can remember. She owns more than is probably reasonable and prides herself on matching games to players. She’s also been known to dabble in CCGs, RPGs, LRPs, LARPS, and computer games and organise things so other people can play boardgames.

location on the map can have a large effect on the game. Seeing another player on the far side of the board approaching victory and not being able to intervene can be frustrating.

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The Gazebo - Issue #3  

The Gazebo is a free, quarterly e-zine dedicated to gaming in the UK and Ireland.

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The Gazebo is a free, quarterly e-zine dedicated to gaming in the UK and Ireland.

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