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Monday, July 31, 2017

Angus: Batalhas Medievais (2004)

Angus: Batalhas Medievais (2004)

Ratings

6.78086 out of 10 with 81 ratings
Board Game Rank: 6778
War Game Rank: 2139

Description

Medieval Battles is a strategy game with a certain dose of luck and emotion. The rules are very accessible and the possibilities are multiple.

The game takes place in Britain, around the 9th century. Each player represents one people fighting for occupying space and developing their civilization.

To gain victory points you must build temples and cities. For that, it is necessary to generate resources that come from the conquest of new territories and from the founding of new cities. And to conquer new territories you must also build troops and buy cards.

The troops move through the territories and also by ship, which gives them more mobility. The battles are fought with dice, affected by cards played with the face down and revealed at the same time. The presence of a leader also affects the result.

The end of each round is marked by a Viking attack, the Vikings being the most feared warriors of that time and of the game. After that, there comes the scoring and each player receives victory points markers that he hides from the other players.

At the end of 8 rounds, the player with more points wins the game.

The challenge is to balance economic and military development, aiming at gaining the most victory points.

From the instructions:
For 2 to 5 players ages 9 and up.

  • Designer: Sérgio Halaban, André Zatz
  • Publisher: Grow Jogos e Brinquedos
  • Year Published: 2004
  • Number of Players: 2 - 5
  • Suggested Number of Players: 5
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 9
  • Playing Time: 90
  • Suggested Ages: 14
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Medieval, Novel-based, Wargame
  • Mechanic: Area Movement, Dice Rolling
  • Alternate Names: Angus: Batalhas Medievais, Medieval Battles

Reviews

6 out of 10
By
Copia adquirido por uma ninharia. Botar na mesa e fazer resenha pro canal. Legal que existem vários MODS deste jogo.

9 out of 10
By
I really positively impressed by this game, I'm even dreaming about it and raging in madness against the last Viking attack

5 out of 10
By
A good game, but it is not a match to Eurogames...

8 out of 10
By
This is a great brazilian game! I recommend.

8.5 out of 10
By
Excellent Game. Reminds me a little the "Game of Thrones" (in gameplay and board lay-out) but it's lot faster and simpler! Great game!

7.5 out of 10
By
Um ótima evolução do clássico War. Tem tudo o que deixa um jogo de guerra divertido, e com o viking servindo como compensação para o jogador que está perdendo. Porém, ainda é um wargame com uso de dados.

6.5 out of 10
By
Bom jogo de conquista territorial, com alguns elementos de "eurogame", e uma boa porta de entrada para quem ainda só conhece o WAR.

6.5 out of 10
By
Participei de playtests e ajudei com sugestões - algumas aceitas - da elaboração das regras. Bom jogo, percebo uma interessante influência do A Game of Thrones e do Mare Nostrum em muitos elementos, como cartas jogadas em segredo, para modificar o valor das batalhas, barcos usados como ponte para movimentação das tropas, ataque de horda viking ao final das rodadas, construção de cidades ou templos, que aumentam seus pontos e sua riqueza, nos territórios. Porém, trata-se de uma influência positiva, AGoT e Mare Nostrum são alguns dos melhores jogos de guerra que existem, e essa influência ajudou a transformar o Angus num bom jogo de guerra, simplificado, mas bem acima da média dos jogos para adultos lançados no Brasil (os melhores eram Risk, Clue, Stratego...).

9 out of 10
By
Fui um dos jogadores que fez um playteste antes do lançamento, e fiquei impressionado com a qualidade do jogo. Aqui no Brasil acho que é um dos melhores lançamentos da atualidade.

7.5 out of 10
By
Very similar to A Game of Thrones, but simpler and faster. A good mix of luck and strategy, with a bit more luck than I use to like.

9 out of 10
By
Excellent game.

6 out of 10
By
I was impressed by this game when I bought it. I must admit that I was not expecting much from it - I had not heard anything about it and found it sitting on a shelf among old titles. The game parts are good if not excellent and the gameplay brought some fresh ideas to the tried and true 'Risk' formula. It's fun to watch the Viking coming in the last rounds and unleashing destruction on temples and cities. The board set up demands constant battling among players. The round limit of the game ensures a decent gameplay time. The card battles variat doensn't seem to work well, though as players often run out of cards and have only the '0' card in hand.

By
Brasil

6.5 out of 10
By
Good in its genre, a light wargame with a Euro feel. High mobility of ships is a two-edged blade: while it allows fast movement for troops, it makes it very hard to effectively protect your territories. Not much to link to the book on which it was based, except for the nice artwork; while Vikings play a major role in the novel (and History), they are just a very small annoyance in the game. Nonetheless, a big step forth from the usual Brazilian games.

By
PB593455558BR

7 out of 10
By
My GF bought me this game in Brazil, and I was pleasantly surprised, and not just by seeing her.. 8-) There are some interesting mechanics behind this light game of territory and resource control.

4.5 out of 10
By
A extremely welcome addition to the poor brazilian strategy games market, but still miles behind of the best foreign games. A good game, with some cool ideas, but lacking, let's put it that way, MOJO. // Aos brasileiros: mesmo quem não gostou muito, é um jogo a ser celebrado, pela falta de títulos mais complexos no nosso mercado. Achei Batalhas Medievais interessante.

7 out of 10
By
I played this game when it was a prototype and at that time it was pretty good. Concerning the bits, board and design I think this game is a landmark on the brazilian market standing high above all the other adult boardgames (designed in Brazil).

6 out of 10
By
Interesting theme, and a simple but efficient combat system. The use of the king and the combat cards add interesting strategies to the game. Very good score system to achieve victory. On the other hand, the vikings aren't as fearsome as they were in real History, and the quality of the game material isn't that good.

5 out of 10
By
With the (advanced game) rules as written it's not bad at all, but isn't anything special. I would strongly recommend changing the start player every round - this will still not balance the game as well as it should given that there are 7 scoring turns (with no number of players will everyone get to go last the same number of times), but it will help. Without this change whoever is last in the turn order has a big advantage.
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