Trajan is a development game by...
Trajan is a development game by Stefan Feld set in ancient Rome in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life.
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Trajan: 110 AD - the Roman Empire is at the height of its power under Emperor 'optimus princeps' Trajan.? The borders are secure and the focus turns to the interior of the empire - Rome. Seize the opportunity and gain power! By choosing the best tactics you can outmaneuver your opponents and eventually achieve victory.
Set in ancient Rome, Trajan is a development game in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life such as political influence, trading, military dominion and other important parts of Roman culture.
The central mechanism of the game uses a system similar to that in Mancala or pit-and-pebbles games. In Trajan, a player has six possible actions: building, trading, taking tiles from the forum, using the military, influencing the Senate, and placing Trajan tiles on his tableau.
At the start of the game, each player has two differently colored pieces in each of the six sections (bowls) of his tableau. On a turn, the player picks up all the pieces in one bowl and distributes them one-by-one in bowls in a clockwise order. Wherever the final piece is placed, the player takes the action associated with that bowl; in addition, if the colored pieces in that bowl match the colors shown on a Trajan tile next to the bowl (with tiles being placed at the start of the game and through later actions), then the player takes the additional action shown on that tile.
What are you trying to do with these actions? Acquire victory points (VPs) in whatever ways are available to you ? and since this is a Feld design, you try to avoid being punished, too. At the Forum you try to anticipate the demands of the public so that you can supply them what they want and not suffer a penalty. In the Senate you acquire influence which translates into votes on VP-related laws, ideally snagging a law that fits your long-term plans. With the military, you take control of regions in Europe, earning more points for those regions far from Rome.
All game components are language neutral, and the playing time is 30 minutes per player.
Contents: 1 gameboard, 4 player mats, 214 counters, 125 colored wooden pieces, 60 cards, 1 cotton bag, rules. This is a multilingual edition including rules in English, German, French and Dutch.
Note: This game is imported from Germany. It is not widely available in the United States.
|Number of Players||2 to 4|
|Playing Time||1 to 2 hours|
|Suggested Ages||13 and up|
|Mechanics||area movement, card drafting, hand management, set collection, worker placement, ancient, political, Stefan Feld|
|Publisher||HUCH! & Friends|
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