5 stars all around, loved this adventure! It was a bit hairy at first, but this was probably the only thing that would give me any respect for Dionysus, hehe. Excellent all around, am looking forward to playing your other adventures!
Posted on 09/22/06 @ 11:43 PM
This was a fun adventure. It might have been a bit more fun if the story, maps, and scripting had been fleshed-out a bit more. Still a good gaming experience, though.
I played at Titan difficulty level and had some challenge, but it wasn't consistently difficult enough. I enjoyed the early episodes when money was tight, and you can't get rich on easy trade routes (at least not until the later episodes). However, the balance suffered a little bit because after the first couple of episodes only a bit of pre-planning was required to achieve 'speed' wins without too much difficulty. If the parent city had ever required elite housing, more challenge would have been given a player. The one exception to this is the Ethiopia colony episode, which is a tough little knife-fight against the Persians. Ethiopia raised the balance to a 4 all by itself.
Adequate creativity was evident, but nothing really stood out as exceptional. The best creativity was with the Monster/Hero usage. Some of the later God invasions were rather pointless since building a sanctuary to the god that defeats them was a required goal in a prior episode (hence, the invasions ends quickly). Some other points that hampered a higher creativity rating where: no elite housing in the parent city, few goals in the episodes, and the same goals re-used in some episodes. More diversity and variety in the goals would have added more to this rating.
Map Design: 3
The maps were fine but didn't really stand out as exceptional. They could have used a little more fleshing out. The Ethiopia map was the most interesting to play, as finding enough available building space became important. The trade routes on the empire map could have been a little clearer and more visually appealing.
The storyline was clear and got the job done. It was even humorous at times. However, it seemed a bit sparse at other times. Some of the episode splash screens had very little written on them. I also felt the story used too much modern slang, which hurt the immersion of a setting in ancient Greece.
Overall, a good solid campaign that is worth playing. The Ethiopia colony episode is the stand-out of this one.