Concordia Board Game Review
BGG Weight: 3.00 / 5
Year Published: 2013
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Designer: Mac Gerdts
Number of Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 90 minutes
Game Category/Theme: Economic, Civilization Building
Board Game Mechanics: Action Retrieval, Advantage Token, Auction: Dutch, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, End Game Bonuses
Player Interaction: 7.5
Game Rating: 9.0
Weight Rating = 16
Playability Rating = 18.3
Play Rating Score = 68.6
Value Rating = 11.43
Final Score Rating = 80.03
Concordia is an economic strategy board game where players assume the roles of ancient Roman leaders who are trying to establish their trade empires in the Mediterranean region. The game combines elements of hand management, card drafting, set collection, and resource management with point-to-point movement mechanics to create a unique gameplay experience.
The game’s mechanics are easy to learn, but mastering them requires strategic planning and decision making. Players need to build their trade network, manage their resources efficiently, and keep track of their opponents’ actions to stay ahead. The game also has a good balance of luck and strategy, with random card draws and board layout adding an element of unpredictability to each game.
Concordia is not a very complex game, but it requires careful planning and attention to detail. The game has a high replayability factor, with different card combinations and board layouts creating unique gameplay experiences every time. The game also encourages player interaction, with players competing for resources and trade routes, and blocking each other’s actions.
Concordia offers no solo or cooperative play options, and it requires at least two players to play. The game’s playing time is around 90 minutes, which is just the right amount of time for a game of this type.
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