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Caesar & Cleopatra

English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Wolfgang Ludtke

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

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Product Description

Caesar and Cleopatra are locked in a struggle to determine the amount of independence Egypt will have. The decision lies in the hands of the powerful patricians. The players, as Caesar and Cleopatra, use their influence and special actions to win patricians to their side. When a vote of confidence is called, the player with the larger influence wins the voice of a patrician. Each voice brings one victory point. There are additional victory points for the majority in a patrician group, for the influence of a whole group and for a secret influence bonus. Whoever earns the most victory points, chooses the fate of Egypt and wins the game.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best 2-Player Card Game, 2001
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1998
Deutscher Spiele Preis
8th place, 1998

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 33 reviews

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Enjoyable 2-player game with minor rule changes
May 08, 2006

This is an enjoyable game for two--mild strategy with a little bluffing. Each player takes a turn playing up to one special action card and either two face-up influence cards or one face-down influence card. The turn ends with a vote on one of the political groups. The player with the most influence points gains one of that particular type of politician.

When my friend introduced this game to me, however, I found that I kept pulling the "No Vote - Orgy" cards on my turns. So, for the first five or so of my turns, the vote cards kept getting shuffled. Only my opponent had opportunity to place the last influence cards before a vote. Also, we found the handicap of playing on one influence card face down too high a price to pay for keeping our influence secret.

A couple of modifications which made the gameplay a little faster, and kept more uncertainty mixed into the proceedings:

1) Remove at least one "No Vote" card at the beginning of the game. Continue to remove them as you loose political groups to vote on, so by the end you will have only one "No Vote" card mixed in with your last Political group voting card.

2) Instead of only being able to play one influcence card face down, you may choose to play two face down influence cards on a turn. However, you will not be able to play a special action card on that turn. So, your play choices on a turn are: a) play a special action card and up to two face up influence cards on a turn or, b) play up to two face down influence cards on a turn.

With these two minor changes we both found the game to be much more enjoyable, and even a bit more strategic.

Always much fun
May 02, 2006

I have played this game with my girlfriend, a number of times. Especially on Holiday, we like to play it on the bed. When there is an Orgie, nothing happens. Real fun. And the way you can try to think out a plan and you think you know what the other will do is also a very nice feature of this game. Ideal for on vacation, for in between, and it will never be boring.

Slow Steady Gameplay.
January 30, 2006
When I first opened up the box, I found to my surprised at how few pieces are actually in the box, you can honestly shrink it down to like a third of the actual box size, but what-ever, I'm sure the marketing people have something in mind.

Anyway, on to my review, I gave it 3 stars because honestly, it's much like checkers in some ways, when you know your losing in the first 5-10 minutes, you know you'll probably never catch up. The game is also pretty confined to what you can do (option wise that is). The two sets of cards also have no variation of what side you play, they are identical in what they do, play Ceo, play Caesar it doesn't matter.

The up side about this game is that it's pretty short, 2 player game that can be finished in about 10-25 minutes. Overall, if your into card games and bluffing (Not alot of bluffing involved) you might like this one.

- L.T.

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