300: Earth and Water is a simple card driven wargame for two players. One player controls the Greeks, gathered around the Athenians, and the other controls the Persians, fighting for the hegemony of the eastern Mediterranean. Through all five expeditions or turns, each player aims to control more cities than their opponent.
The game engine is a “card driven” system and players raise armies and buy cards during production. Cards can be used to play an event or move an army or fleet. Events can provide advantages in battles or interfere with the enemy, but military action, especially for the Persians, is required to win. Moreover, each game will change dramatically according to the order the events occur.
The rules are simple and the playing time is short, but both Greece and Persia have a wide range of strategies, so victory will challenge both players. Just a fantastic little wargame in a small package. The good news is that there are more battles coming to this Combat Rations Series.
Absolutely right: it’s got to be much harder to design a meaningful micro-game than a sprawling monster.
PS very professional review; on Players’ Aid is that it’s about the game, not the performance.
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