Struggle with Persians, Spartans and your own people on the way to a great empire! You can even change the form of government, changing the rules of the game!
Athens: The Birth of Politics reflects the most glorious, critical century in the life of ancient Athens, from the birth of Democracy to the titanic struggle with Sparta. Players cooperate and compete to manage its fortunes, especially its politics, wars and government.
In this game you must constantly balance personal advancement against the security of the state. Trade and fight to build up the empire. Vie for power in the Assembly and on the battlefield. But to grow in size and power only attracts the unwelcome attention of rivals, not just your opponents, but also foreign powers like Persia, Syracuse, Thebes and most deadly of all, Sparta.
In a unique feature the game reflects the ancient Greek theory of Anacyclosis – the cycles of government – and includes Democracy, Oligarchy and Tyranny. Players can strive to change these forms, for their own advantage, and thereby alter the very rules of the game.
When the government type changes, those on the top and bottom tend to change places. Can you see the change coming? How do you prepare for it? Or will you be the one actually triggering it? Once the change happens, how do you cope? All make for interesting challenges.
Each player represents a specific class – Aristocrats, Merchants or Farmers – with its own Statesmen, (dis)advantages and goals. Which will you play?
Often there is another player of your class with whom you can ally, but at times you will come into conflict with them as well and find yourself allying with other classes. Consequently no class has an unbalancing advantage.
This is a The Republic of Rome-style game with a number of changes to reflect the situation, including:
But in the final analysis the only real question is, are you smart and savvy enough to survive and thrive where Pericles and Athens could not?
For pictures and other components see below. Also includes, in addition to the rules booklet, a separate setup and terminology guide.
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Published November 4, 2018.
This is not a mass-produced game, but printed-on-demand . We have uploaded the artwork, rules and specifications, but The Game Crafter makes it only when you order it. Learn more.
Reminds me a little bit of Junta ... I like that!
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|Publish Date||November 04, 2018|
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|More Info||Athens: The Birth of Politics web site|