Davenport Magical Entertainment, L.L.C.
Had a great time playing Conquest of Nerath this past weekend against my brother in law. It was a very close game. We elected to play the short game. In “Conquest of Nerath,” the rules give an option to play a short game, a medium game and a long game. You also have a choice between playing an “alliance game” or a “free for all game.” In order to play the “free for all” game you have to have 4 players playing the game, otherwise, you have to play the alliance game. In “Conquest of Nerath” you have 4 empires vying for control of a fictional fantasy world. This game is about conquest and strategy in a fantasy world setting.
If you have 4 players playing the game, then each player plays one of the 4 empires vying for control of this fantasy world. If you have less than 4 players, then two of the empires are allied with each other and against the other two empires which are also allied with each other and in opposition. That is what is called the “alliance game.” If you have 4 players, then you can play either an alliance game or a free for all game. But you have to have 4 players to play a free for all game. In a free for all game, none of the empires are allied with each other, but they can strike verbal agreements with each other, just that none of the agreements are binding (so players can “backstab” each other in the game and play dirty pool).
When I played this past weekend, it was just my brother in law and I playing and we elected to play the short game version. In an alliance game, if you elect to play the short game, then you and your allied empire must score a total of 20 shared victory points first to be the winner of the game. it if was a free for all game, if I remember correctly, the victory point total for a short game is 12 victory points scored by one particular empire first. So, in my brother in law and myself game, one of us had to score a total of 20 victory points first by the end of a game round. However, if both sides have scored at least 20 victory points at the end of a game round then the side with the most points win. If both sides are tied, then another game round is played to see who comes out ahead in victory points and continues until one side has more victory points in the other side.
So, the brother in law both played and we had a great time! It was a very competitive game too! My brother in law is very competitive in both sports and also playing a board game or video gaming. He has a very competitive nature to himself, which I think is good and I respect. However, in this particular case, he didn’t come out on top and I beat him by one victory point in the game. I must say that I give this board game some very high marks. The rules are easy to understand, the game is well balanced, the strategy is very in depth, the replaybility is very high, it’s not an overly complicated game and their is not way too many pieces either yet not too little. So the game strikes the perfect balance in just about every area I can think of. In my opinion, if you enjoy conquest strategy games like Risk or Axis and Allies, you would be crazy not to get this game.