trajan review

Trajan Board Game Review


Name of the game: Trajan

BGG Weight: 3.65 / 5

Year published: 2011

Publisher: Ammonit Spiele

Designer: Stefan Feld

Number of players: 2-4

Playing time: 90-120 minutes

Game category/theme: Ancient Rome

Board game mechanics: Area Movement, Hand Management, Mancala, Open Drafting, Set Collection



Strategy: 9.0

Complexity: 8.0

Player Interaction: 6.5

Replayability: 8.5

Game Rating: 8.5

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating: (8.0 + 9.0) = 17.0

Playability Rating: = [(8.5 + 6.5 + 8.5) – 8.0] = 15.5

Play Rating Score: = (17.0 + 15.5) x 2 = 65.0

Value Rating: = 10.83

Final Score Rating: = 65.0 + 10.83 = 75.83



Trajan is a strategic board game with an Ancient Rome theme that was published by Ammonit Spiele in 2011. The game has a playing time of 90-120 minutes and can be played by 2-4 players. Trajan combines different mechanics such as worker placement, variable phase order, set collection, and mancala, to create a complex and engaging gameplay experience.

In Trajan, players take turns placing their workers in different locations on the board to gain resources, move their ships, construct buildings, or gain victory points. The variable phase order mechanic means that each turn, players select a set of tiles that determine the actions they can take, making each turn unique and challenging. The set collection mechanic is used to acquire victory points, and the mancala mechanic adds an additional level of strategy as players must plan their moves to gain the most resources.

Trajan is a complex game that requires players to plan their moves carefully and think ahead to gain the most victory points. The game offers a high level of replayability as each game is different due to the variable phase order mechanic and the different strategies players can use to gain victory points. However, the player interaction is limited as each player focuses on their own strategy and resources.

Overall, Trajan is a highly-rated game with excellent gameplay mechanics that offer a challenging and rewarding experience. It is recommended for players who enjoy complex and strategic board games.


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