Reviewed by Pevans
GENTES (Spielworxx/Tasty Minstrel Games, 1 to 4 players ages 12 and up, 90 minutes; $59.95)
I do like a civilisation-development game and Gentes designed by Stefan Risthaus has approached this theme in an interesting way. There is a map (centred on the Mediterranean, natch), but this only plays a minor part in the game. Instead, the action spaces on the board and the available “Civilization”’ cards (a row below the board) are the heart of the game. Playing “Civilization”’ cards into your tableau provides resources, bonuses and, of course, the points you need to win.