Yesterday, November 5th 2007, hundreds of geeks in north America came home to find a medium sized white package, with the colorful logo of a national delivery company stamped on the side, had been delivered to their home. Inside this package was perhaps the most highly anticipated reprint of the year; Hannibal, Rome VS Carthage.
Valley Games had delivered on their promise and reprinted a game who's grail status had passed legendary and was approaching the ridiculous. On that day in November, hundreds of strangers were grinning as they near simultaneously opened packages. VG did not let us down. The new version of Hannibal, at least upon initial inspection, does not disappoint. The art (as subjective as this is) IMHO is great, well done but also staying true to the look and feel of the original. The units are made of nice think cardboard, and the cards are well above average quality card stock. The jigsaw puzzle map is better to the 3 piece original with its very large fold valleys.
I have seen a few nay-sayers making comments about this that or the other minor grip with the reprint, but these people for the most part are jackasses who deserve to be tarred and feathered and cursed to play nothing but Caylus against KingPut until the end of time. If you don't like the new version go pay top dollar for the old one on eBay or shut the fuck up.
Valley Games has done a wonderful job. I am excited about the other classic game reprints that are available for order. They are the most promising game publisher to show up on the scene for some time now, and I certainly hope they can keep producing high quality, long out of print game like this.
Now that this classic game is back in circulation will it get the respect it deserves? Was it all nostalgic hype and does it's age show? I think not; but time will tell. IMHO this is the game that should be at the top of that silly list on BGG. Not some half broken, thinly and poorly themed, slavery dodging, game that plays alright if you do not have an idiot at the table. Maybe now that a larger number of people will get a chance to play it more eye will be opened to what a real deep strategic game is like. More folks will figure out just how shallow even the deepest of euro's are.... well probably not, but I certainly am glad I have a copy.
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