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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

Manufacturer(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

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Wolfgang Ludtke

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Kosmos

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 365 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #70

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4 in 33 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
A favorite 2 player game
January 08, 2005

This 2 player card game is my favorite among this type. It is based on "influencing" a group of Roman patricians to let Ceasar or Cleopatra (you and your opponent) to rule Egypt. You influence these patricians by laying action cards with a point value either face up (2) or face down (1) on a particular patrician group, and when a vote of confidence is called the winner of the vote gets to keep the Roman patrician in that group. There are several other cards that are played that add quite a bit of variety and counteractions throughout the game.

It is fairly easy to learn, but does require some attention and memorization of cards played, and strategy in outwitting your oppoent. Once you know the rules, a game can be played in 30-45 minutes. The cards are of high quality, and the artwork makes you almost want to pause and gaze at the different pictures printed on them in the middle of a game.

Although it does not have the layers of San Juan (recommended) it does offer its own satisfying gaming experience.

Recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
Great Bluffing Game
October 14, 2003

Play this with the modifications noted elsewhere, (less orgy cards and 1 card down option) and it usually is a tight game. The cards are beautiful and easy to hold. Lighter than Hera & Zeus (which my game partner thinks is too chaotic), but deeper than Carcassone, and no comparison to Lost Cities, which I think is worthless. The only down side it the cards need to be banded or they will slide around over the holders. Then again most games are packaged badly, so it's not a big deal. Also the 'immoral' comments are baseless.

 
 
 
 
 
A quick, fun game for two
August 13, 2003

I just bought this game last night and I thought it was great. It has some bluffing in it, but I found it to be mostly a light strategy game. The cards are a little risky but it's just a game. They really aren't as bad as the other reviews make it seem. The game last about thirty minutes and I haven't played a better two-player game yet. So, I give it 5 stars!


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