Posted by James (admin) on 6th June 2013
Augustus is one of this year’s nominees for the Spiel des Jahres (the largest board games award). It is designed by Paolo Mori who designed Libertalia and (one of my favourite games) Vasco de Gama. In fact, Paolo seems to be designing more and more at the moment.
Players always have 3 objective cards and each can be completed by placing one of their legions (meeples) onto each of an objective’s symbols (sword, shield, chariot, etc.) Each turn, one player (the town crier) randomly draws one symbol from the bag. Then, every player can place one of their legions onto a matching symbol if they have a vacant one on one of their objectives – the placed legion can be from their supply, or they can move a legion which is already placed on an objective. So, if a sword symbol is drawn a player can place a legion from their supply, or from another objective, onto an empty sword icon.
There is a known mixture of symbols in the bag and there are more of some symbols than others, i.e. 6 swords, 5 shields, 4 chariots, etc. Therefore, whilst it’s a random draw, some symbols are more likely to be drawn than others. There are also 2 wild (joker) symbols in the bag – when one of these is drawn, players can place a legion on any one symbol, plus all of the previously drawn symbols are put back in the bag, and the town crier moves on to the next player. Read the rest of this entry »