EXCERPTS FROM THE SPRING 1998 GA REPORT
FROM “K-BAN’S KORNER”:
EUPHRAT & TIGRIS (Hans im Gluck; about $50)
Reiner Knizia has been one of Germany’s most prolific game designers for the past decade…Euphrat & Tigris… is a radical departure … E&T is a 90 to 120 “gamers game” of developing balanced civilizations. It is a tile laying game (for three to four players) with different colored tiles representing settlements, temples, farming/agriculture and markets…
A player’s turn consists of taking any two actions from among the four choices: 1) Position a leader, 2) Place a civilization tile and receive a Victory Point (VP), 3) Place a catastrophe tile, 4) Swap up to six tiles. A player may choose two different actions or perform the same action twice. As with most Knizia games, you’d like to do just a bit more, creating strategic tension in the choice process…
Since only one leader of a given color can peacefully co-exist in each kingdom, a conflict occurs when a second leader of the same color is added or when kingdoms merge….The winner is the player with the greatest number of VPs in his WEAKEST sphere of influence… E&T is relatively easy to teach by example but difficult to learn from scratch…The game does flow nicely once all the concepts have been fully absorbed…Highly recommended. ——– Steve Kurzban
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