The Game: Cyclades
The Publisher: Asmodee
Time: An hour, more or less
Players: Me, +Michelle Lyons-McFarland, +Cheyenne Rae Grimes, +John Mathys, +Matthew Karafa
|Setting up Greece.|
Every turn, you get some money based on how many island you own. You can then bid on how much money you want to spend sacrificing to a god of your choice, but other folks can outbid you. Money totals are kept hidden behind a screen, so you can't ever be sure how much money everyone is packing (unless, y'know, you pay close attention to what everyone spends and what they take in).
Different gods have different favors. Poseidon gives you ships and lets you move your fleet.
|This Poseidon, though, just brings you shoes.|
|The Known World.|
There's a lot that goes into this game, including battle - troops fight troops, ships fight ships, it works much like Risk. But you win by building (or conquering) Metropolis. Since what you can do on a given turn is limited by what god you can buy, though, what seems to be a forgone conclusion about victory really isn't. We thought John was going to win because he completed a Metropolis first, but then we didn't him build the second one and Matt and Michelle wound up tying for the win.
|Our victors, the Thebans and the...Bingy-bangians.|
The game itself is also really pretty - the troops and ships are little plastic figures, and some of the monsters (the ones that do things on the board) have plastic figures, too.
|Look carefully, you'll see the Minotaur on my island in the top right.|