Struggle of Empires
180m - 240m
2 - 5 Players
This mechanic requires you to place a bid, usually monetary, on items in an auction of goods in order to enhance your position in the game. These goods allow players future actions or improve a position. The auction consists of taking turns placing bids on a given item until one winner is established, allowing the winner to take control of the item being bid on. Usually there is a game rule that helps drop the price of the items being bid on if no players are interested in the item at its current price.
I like this game a lot, but usually it runs too long. The rules are a bit complex, and unless you play it a lot, you're going to spend a lot of time looking things up. Luck is a strong factor as combat is decided partially by dice roles. It's a good game, but I prefer Liberte and other Wallace titles that give you the same rush without dragging on twice as long.
Truly fantastic game. A wargame area control Euro hybrid, this one really nails it. The alliance system together with the tiles that distinguish your empire from the others are all genius. Diplomacy, warfare, economics etc. this game has it all in a playable, customizable fashion. As a game I rate this a 10. The only reason I don't play it more is because I personally prefer games of a more historical nature. Where is a reprint with Wars of the Roses or Maria style production values?
Deep and tense, original the alliance system. I played a 7 players game, very enjioing, can be useful a card list for every player during the first game. Another must !