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Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil - A Five Second Board Game Review

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12 Apr 2019 00:00 #295363 by MasonSokol
Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil is a unique...

If you wish for peace, prepare for turmoil.

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12 Apr 2019 08:38 #295364 by jpat
I've only experienced this solo, and only a partial game because I just get kind of mentally worn out using bots to play three others sides (also true for me for COIN), though I will say the bots (from the expansion; there aren't any in the base game, to be clear) are quite well done and have interesting "personalities." Anyway, I'm anxious to give this a try either with four or with up to four with a bot or two in the mix. I like deckbuilders and I like the ancients theme.

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12 Apr 2019 08:44 #295365 by BaronDonut
I've had my eye on this one for a while. I haven't picked it up yet because 1) I have ten million deck builders already and 2) I have ten million historical games that never get played. It'll never work.

*cue Tobias Funke voice*

But it might work for US...
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12 Apr 2019 09:58 #295370 by Gary Sax
It looks interesting, I watched a little of a heavy cardboard playthrough to get the gist.

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12 Apr 2019 10:10 #295376 by Jackwraith
I got mine from a P500 a few weeks ago. Looking forward to getting it on the table.

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12 Apr 2019 10:56 #295377 by Sagrilarus
I think I'm very much going to enjoy this run of reviews, because I think it is going to introduce me a set of games that I simply haven't heard of other places. Time of Crisis is a good example, where the game clearly has several facets that appeal to me but had somehow completely escaped my notice.

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12 Apr 2019 10:58 #295378 by Gary Sax
I'm surprised, Sag, it was a pretty high profile GMT joint the year it came out.

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12 Apr 2019 11:10 #295381 by Sagrilarus
There is so much material coming out now that I'm not even trying to keep up with the ad copy. It's drinking from a fire hose.

For the last five years I've depended on tailored content (like Mason's brief, well-considered summary above) to bring items of interest to my attention. When his column was announced I was assuming we'd be seeing the usual fare, which is fine, but the first out of the gate is a GMT title with modern concepts. A nice surprise.

I think this site would do well to present "older" titles (i.e., 18 months or older) that have settled in. That would be a valuable service to a community that is spending most of its time focusing on unavailable material. Discover something interesting, buy it today, play it this weekend. That's a more satisfying approach to my gaming time.
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12 Apr 2019 11:20 #295382 by ubarose
Thank's for the feedback Sag. I am very excited about this new feature. Mason's an omnivore gamer so we are looking forward to hearing about lots of different sorts of games.

I am also hoping it encourages other contributors to try their hand at this format. Next time someone discovers they have written a full paragraph or two about a game in the "What Game are you playing" thread, maybe they will consider submitting a 5-second review to the site instead.
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12 Apr 2019 11:22 - 12 Apr 2019 11:22 #295383 by Gary Sax

ubarose wrote: I am also hoping it encourages other contributors to try their hand at this format. Next time someone discovers they have written a full paragraph or two about a game in the "What Game are you playing" thread, maybe they will consider submitting a 5-second review to the site instead.


Yes.
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12 Apr 2019 11:34 #295387 by Sagrilarus

ubarose wrote: I am also hoping it encourages other contributors to try their hand at this format.


Will do.

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12 Apr 2019 15:06 #295405 by MasonSokol
I definitely hope to skew towards either games I feel I have interesting things to say about or games I feel haven’t had enough said about them. Hopefully either way I help fill a void for some!
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12 Apr 2019 15:08 #295406 by MasonSokol
@barondonut

This one is a little easier than many historical games AND a little more unique than most deckbuilders so I definitely wish you luck on making the time!

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13 Apr 2019 06:00 #295436 by KingPut
I have a copy of the base game. I’ll sell it for 30+shipping if anyone is interested. I like the game and will play again but a couple of other guys in my group have it and I decided to pass on the expansion.

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