Unspeakable – Glory To Rome – Black Box Edition – Review

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The Story So Far…

So far it’s taken approximately 1,009,491 days to build Rome – Your results may vary….

So it turns out Emperor Nero was not the ideal choice for guy-running-the-place…rumor has it he sent people out to burn the place down and… well…. Rome is kind of a pile of ash now…

But that turns out to be surprisingly good news for a Patrician like you! Using your contacts you can help rebild the city and gain the favor of the senate, make it better than befor and outshine the competition. Manage your workers, chose the right projects and rebuild the great city – Glory To Rome!

FACT BOX

Name: Glory To Rome

Players: 2-5

Ages: 12 and up

Playing Time: ~60 minutes

Type: Card Game / Resource Management / Card Drafting

Theme: Ancient Rome / City Building / History

The Game:

Glory to Rome is a unique card game in which you use your resources and workers to construct buildings for the Glory of Rome. Now each card can be played as worker, resource or building – depending on the way the card is drafted and played. It’s not as complicated as it sounds – but it’s not a game you can pick up and play with new players who learn as you go along…

Gameplay is determined by other players, whose choices influence your decisions. See, one player Leads with a worker action – let’s say an Architect – this opens the opportunity for any other player to follow suit and lay a foundation to a building if they have an Architect of their own, or to think – which means drawing new cards.

A player’s power grows exponentially – the more you have – the more you make! What I mean by this is that each worker and building offer unique bonuses that can rack up a whole mess of free actions and discounted building costs, fast-tracking you to victory if you play your cards right.

Rebuilding Rome

Glory to rome takes some getting used to, your first game may be slow and you will make mistakes, but once you know your way around it GTR becomes a really fun challenge. Limited resources from the market allow you to lay foundations for new builings, and these are limited – forcing you to weigh your choices even if it means making it more difficult for others to score points.

One mechanic that is particulary insidious – the merchant card lets you move resources to your vault, which stay hidden till the end of the game, which means victory can be snatched from your grasp at the last second by a careful hoarder.

Rome Demands Action!

Legionaries double as a “Rome Demands!” action, which enables you to claim a type of resource you already have from all other players. A careful Patrician can pre-empt crucial buildings from being completed all the while using these resources to complete his own structures.

One must be wary however – as what goes around may well come around, the card you reveal to claim resources means your opponents know one of your cards, and by keeping track they can turn your plans against you before you know it!

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Intuitive card design

Content:

Glory to Rome is a card game, made up of Order Cards, Site Cards, Jacks (that count as joker/wild cards) a leader marker and five camps – structured brilliantly to place and keep track of your resources – this is the deluxe Black Box edition which I strongly recommend for the cool bonus materials.

The Verdict

Glory to Rome is an innovative game with some sharp, well-balanced game mechanics and a well-grounded theme. The Ancient Rome setting lends an epic feel – putting you in the shoes of a Patrician with with resources to manage carefully and rival Patricians to outsmart and outplan!

Again, it takes a bit of getting used to, and experienced players will wipe the floor with you the first few times, but if once you learn the ropes – you’ll be the talk of the senate and the wealthiest Patrician in Rome!

Hits:

  • Demanding game that rewards foresight and strategy
  • Tight design with each card fulfilling several roles
  • Well-crafted historic theme game with stylish artwork

Misses:

  • Not an easy game to learn and get used to.
  • Early mistakes can wreck your game.

Score

4/5 – Great Game!
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About the Blogger:
Michele Pace Bonello is a board game, horror movie and comic book fan, form Malta – Europe. If you want your comic or game reviewed – send him an e-mail on mpacebonello@gmail.com.

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