Ave Caesar! Centurions are gathering their troops to bring glory to the Roman Empire, trying to expand its borders and construct roads to connect even the smallest villages to the big city of Rome!
2-5 players, ages 10+
Playing time: 30-60 minutes
Designer: Matthieu Podevin
Artwork: Alexandre Bonvalot & Joëlle Drans
Publisher: Holy Grail Games
On their turn, players connect a new city to Rome by placing one or more of their roads on the board. This allows them to earn points for each road in the route leading back to Rome, but also any other players that have roads in the used route will earn points for them. Players receive one point for each road, unless the connected city has a gold treasure token, points are doubled for all players.
The active player then claims both the city and the treasure token from the newly connected city and stores them in their warehouse.
Players continue to build the Empire until all cities are connected and all roads lead back to Rome.
At the end of the game, players receive additional points for their collected city tiles with the highest value in each colour and for sets of the same and different treasures on their player board. The centurion with the highest prestige is declared the winner!
Caesar’s Empire is a simple and fast-paced game of basic set collection and network building. The rules are straightforward and easy to learn so even our 8-year-old daughter was able to play along very well!
Being a huge fan of the Asterix-series, the theme is definitely a big plus for us:
The cooperation with the studios of Asterix & Obelix resulted in a pretty game with a very recognisable look, something that’ll definitely help to get this game played even with people who aren’t playing board games very often. Altogether Caesar’s Empire is a beautiful gateway game of which I’m happy to have it in my collection!