Were tanks part of the French Revolution?

To answer the question… No they were not, but it has been tank battle that has kept me from posting on the blog. We met Wednesday to play through the French Revolution with the board game Liberté by Martin Wallace.

And then the clan and I took on destroying the enemies in World of Tanks. A MMO computer game. Sorry about that 🙂

Jacques_Bertaux_-_Prise_du_palais_des_Tuileries_-_1793
Prise du palais des Tuileries, Jean Duplessis-Bertaux (1747-1819). In 1792 the castle was stormed, and was a turning point in the revolution.

 

The French revolution started in 1789 and lasted for a full ten years. The game is the first self published game (2001) by Martin Wallace; one of the most well known and respected board game designers – and it shows. My version is the 1.0 version and it has some colour issues, but it did not affect game play…

 

… because this is a very cool game.

IMG_0329The story is that we are not revolutionaries, royalists or moderates. We are the people behind who wants power, and uses these three factions as our tools. We do not care who wins, as long as we have power over them. What a cool twist of theme eh’?

Over four turns you try to control that your faction wins so you control the present government, and as all other games the one who scores the most points win; You control areas supporting your faction using cards

but then the game becomes sneaky 🙂

Because there are some other ways to force a sudden death. If the radicals get too many provinces the game ends as they will chop of all the heads of those that do not agree (so you’d better be). And if the royalists suddenly control seven provinces that holds strategic importance the game ends, and then it does not matter if you lead on points or not. The one with most Royal support takes the game. Very nice twist.

We had great fun with an old game. We are perhaps also old people, but I think that my kids will enjoy it as well. Some take-that elements in the game.

Bought it used for almost nothing. Sometimes I am lucky.

.. or I perhaps just buy too many games?

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