Alea Iacta Est Board Game Video Review

Rio Grande Games

What’s Cool:

  • Nice production quality & you get lots of dice.
  • Fun, fast paced and anyone can play.
  • The artwork is comical.
  • Great rulebook with many examples.
  • It’s a very colorful game.

What’s Not:

  • Learning all the Senate cards by heart.

Neutral Information:

  • Not a very long game, depending on the group.
  • Strategy and luck are well combined.
  • Alea Iacta Est is Latin for: “THE DIE HAS BEEN CAST” or/and  “Let the die be cast”

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  1. A map is pretty extraneous in this game. This is good for when you have players who prefer luck, though it doesn’t entirely abandon strategy. The one time I played it I won by not using any of my latrine tokens, depleting the pool and putting me over my closest opponent at the final score.

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  2. Or, as we say in Portuguese, “A sorte foi lançada”.
    Interesting game, really nice components. I’m looking for games with less luck involved, though. Please review Imperial 2030, one of the best games I’ve played.

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    • on March 20, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    I don’t know. For some reason, if there’s any kind of game which uses space in the world, I really want a map. This is my problem with Through the Ages too. I know there may not be a lot of use for a map the way the game is played, but without the physical representation of geography somehow involved, it just doesn’t interest me much.

    I really enjoy the way the dice are used, and wish there were a map – then I might try it out.

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  3. Kinda interesting game. I am not sure how all the play actions lineup with the games concept (storyline). But looks fun and has room to adapt.

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