designed by Mac Gerdts, published by Rio Grande Games
Build your trade empire during the height of the Roman Empire. Using a hand of cards, send your traders out, collect resources, and sell those resources to buy more cards that gives you better versions of those beginning actions. In other words, build a more powerful deck of cards. The resources on the board are randomized at the beginning of the game, so you never know what each city will have. Like “Settlers of Catan” on steroids: more decisions, less randomness, and at times, achingly slow at the beginning as you watch your opponents range across the Mediterranean and you barely get out of Italy.
Quite the brain burner as you try to maximize your very few actions. One of these games where it seems like there’s always more to do then you’re able. But fun. Still fun.