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  • You actually got through a game of Kingmaker? We only played with the expansion (which I think came from an issue of The General) in order to prevent the dreaded "Captain of Calais" stalemate.

    Except for Kingmaker, I haven't played any of the games you've mentioned, though I've heard of a few. I'm suprised you didn't give Britannia a whirl - it's perfect for 4 players and has a predictable playing time of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours per game.

    My other favorites include Republic of Rome, World in Flames, Diplom

    • To be fair we didn't actually finish Kingmaker. I had control of the Lancastrian King, Henry VI (as I'm from that side of the Pennines, being a Yorkist wasn't in the equation), had already killed one of the Yorkists, Edward, and was about to attack Richard in Calais. The second player had crowned Richard, Duke of York, king, had killed the other Yorkist in Wales, George, and was about to attack and kill Margaret who was controlled by the third player. The other Lancastrian, Edward, was sitting in his castle
      • by djberg96 (2603) on 2003.08.05 13:14 (#22798) Journal
        Republic of Rome is a fun game. There's lots of diplomacy and backstabbing involved, but everyone can lose if folks can't get along when Hannibal comes calling. Probably best with 5 players.

        World In Flames is World War II Grand Strategy game. You're looking at a serious time investment with this one, probably about 4 weekend's worth.

        Diplomacy is only good with seven players. It's one of the few diceless games you'll ever see. As the name suggests, this one is won or lost at the negotiating table. This one can also be played online, with negotiations happening via email and 1 or 2 turns per week.

        History of the World is fun, but takes about 5 hours to play. I heard that it was revamped for the better when Milton Bradley (I think) re-released it, so I can't comment on how it plays now.

        Oh, one other one I forgot to mention was Circus Maximus. Quick playing time, lots of fun. Combines Roman history, racing and violence. I suggest watching the chariot scene from Ben Hur to get you in the mood first. :)