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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Attila
Format:  Board Games


original German edition

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Product Awards:  
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Karl-Heinz Schmiel

Manufacturer(s): Hans im Gluck

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Product Description

Migration of the Germanic tribes!

In 375 AD, Attila's mounted Huns overran Europe causing the Germanic tribes in their path to flee and penetrate the outer provinces of the declining Roman empire.

In Attila, the players control the migrations of the Germanic tribes to the Roman empire. The players move Goths, Teutons, Vandals and other tribes into the Roman provinces. When the Germanic population of a province grows too large, there is conflict. The result of the conflict is a reduction of population, but peace for those tribes that remain.

As they migrate the tribes, the players compete to have the greatest influence in the tribes' affairs. At the end of each century, the tribes score points for the players who have had the most influence on their affairs

Naturally, the more successful tribes score more points for their visionary advisors than the weaker tribes. Thus, the winner is the player who has offered the most successful tribes the advantage of his great vision.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2001

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Karl-Heinz Schmiel

  • Manufacturer(s): Hans im Gluck

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 10-20 minutes

  • Weight: 1,180 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 54 cards in 6 colors
  • 120 wooden tribe markers
  • 35 wooden scoring markers
  • 10 peace tiles
  • 15 action tiles
  • 5 player tiles
  • 1 game board
  • 1 influence board

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.6 in 15 reviews

Attila the Honeybun
June 07, 2001

This great little game throws several clever new spins into the traditional contest for first and second place known so well to Acquire and Union Pacific players.

All six 'tribes' start equally, with nothing on the board and each player getting six random cards. When you play a card, that tribe goes onto the map, thus increasing its value, and at the same time your own marker goes up on the 'influence' track for that tribe, thus getting you into the race for first and second.

When a province reaches a population of five, it is considered overcrowded and an innovative winnowing process occurs. The least numerous tribe will be eliminated from the province, thus decreasing its value, but only after each player has the chance to 'support' the tribes with cards from the hand. Then the province is frozen for the rest of the game (i.e., no more tribal markers may be placed in it). There's a lot of strategy in trying to position yourself to be the one to trigger these provincial shakedowns, because they, in turn, trigger the scoring rounds--and it's advantageous to make the last advance before the scoring round on the influence tracks.

This of course is quite a contrast to Union Pacific, where the scoring rounds occur at random, according to when the dividend card is turned up. So that's one bit of gameplay you won't blame on luck in Attila.

To cover all the innovations in the game would take rather a long essay, so I'll refer you to the other reviews and simply say that all the mechanisms work together very smoothly in a finished game of great subtlety and charm. It'll probably take you two or three games to get used to all the different 'tricks' you can pull off--but the learning curve is fun, and it doesn't stop being fun after everybody is playing it down to brass tacks. And as other reviewers have also mentioned, you enjoy a close, hard fought contest won by skill, guile, and putting yourself into the right place at the right time, all in under an hour!

Of course, this can't be considered a war game unless you really stretch the definition, so don't let the 'Attila' name fool you into thinking you'll be ordering units of horse and spear around at each other or anything like that. It is instead a worthy addition to the Acquire - Union Pacific - El Grande - Web of Power - San Marco family of first and second place payoff games--possibly the most elegant of them all.

Clean, fun, and exciting!
December 15, 2000

Attila is another great game of the type which our gaming circle loves! Nice map, components, and rules. Clear simple rules but a subtle and challenging game on every turn. Competing for influence in the tribes reminded me of the commodity battles in Merchants of Amsterdam.

If you like Web of Power you'll like Attila. Playable in well under an hour.

Great game!

And Here's the Good News!
December 08, 2000

Good News #1: Everyone at our table thought this game was gorgeous. And once we got started, we had no problems working the scoring system. 'In blue, advance white one. In green, advance red one.' All the players very quickly adopted this format of reporting scores and the scorekeeper never had a problem.

Good News #2: One of the ways of getting cards out of your hand that you don't want to put into play is to start a conflict in a territory that has the colors you want to eliminate. You can play as many cards from your hand as you want as long as they are colors that are part of the conflict. So what if your hand size is diminished until the end of your next turn? You weren't going to play those cards anyway and now you get to replace them. Try it and you'll see that there are other benefits that go along with this action.

Good News #3: Euphrat & Tigris! El Grande? Not bad comparisons for a game at this price. I don't know that I see it or what the point is. This is a fun and engaging game that is simple to learn, has sufficient depth with regards to its playing time and a great bargin at the price. We played Taj Mahal just before this one, and while it is somewhat lighter fare than TM, it was no less enjoyable. I have no problem recommending this one.

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