The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Clash of Cultures

Clash of cultures is a workmanlike design that is totally not based on a Civilization computer game you may have played at some point.

Nor is it just a hodgepodge of reasonable mechanisms designed to hide the fact that a fair chunk of your VPs you get by fulfilling objectives randomly dealt to you, and that if you get a nice cross section but some opponent gets cards like

  • “Have a big navy,”
  • “Win a naval battle”
  • “Since a song by the village people”

that synergize, you may have a problem.

But the components are nice.

A fine game, which just goes to show how easy it is to slap something together and have a playable 4x game, but how hard it is to make it shine. I think I’ll play Eclipse again.

Rating — Indifferent.



Written by taogaming

January 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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