Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pantheon Is Restored To Glory

Day 35 - Pantheon
Designed by Bernd Brunnhofer

Mythology is more popular these days with Rick Riordan books about Greek and Egyptian Gods, many movies lately have also centered around mythology or ancient civilizations of that time period. It shouldn't come as a surprise then that a board game was created (last year) using that same mythology and ancient civilizations theme. Tonight's game is called Pantheon where players try and obtain the favor of the gods throughout the reign of different civilizations. There are a lot of components to this game and they are of great quality. When first opening the game and looking at the rules, one might be a little overwhelmed at first but the truth is, once you have read the rules and played through a game at least once it is actually fairly simple to understand and play. It took about an hour and a half for The Wife and I to play this game the first time through, but my guess is that a two player game would be around an hour (maybe even a little less).

The Wife and I really enjoyed Pantheon. There are a few different routes to get your victory points and you will want to try and get victory points in each category. You score some points throughout the game as you play but the game is primarily scored at the half-way point and again at the end of the game. I feel that the game has good replay value with how the board is set up each epoch (or round) and with the random selection of the civilization played that round as well. When you win over certain gods, they will help you greatly in your pursuit to establish yourself and obtain victory points (they can be pretty powerful, surprise surprise). Pantheon is a game for 2 to 4 players and will range from about an hour to an hour and a half with more players. A well thought out strategic game that is different from anything else I have played and that is How Lou Sees It.

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