The Card Game

LAND is a card game of strategy for 2 to 6 players where every card is based on real people, real places and real events of a specific century.

This first edition of Land focuses on historical events of the 2nd century BCE.You begin by choosing a nation and find its capital city from the “New Land” draw pile.

On your turn, you collect resources, and then spend those resources to increase your knowledge, build ancient monuments, mobilize your troops or attack a city to capture hostages or gain other strategic advantages.  Don’t spend all your resources; you never know what unforeseen expenses you may encounter!

You win the game by climbing the influence ladder while defending your capital city and protecting your leaders.

2nd Century BCE

This is a tremendous period in history. Alexander the Great has been dead for over a hundred years and his vast kingdom is divided.  The violent and ambitious Roman Republic is about to redefine the true meaning of power.  It is a time of massive change and civil unrest. From the complete destruction of Carthage to the last Macedonian king, from to the revolt of the Maccabees to the overthrow of Asoka the Great`s dynasty.

This is the world you and your friends inherit when you play LAND 2nd century BCE.

But do not despair, it was also a time where, art, literature, philosophy and science flourished rapidly.  It’s a century that produced great inventions such as the astrolabe and the earthquake detector from the Han dynasty.

It’s people accomplished feats of engineering and astronomy such as calculating with astonishing accuracy the distance between the earth and the moon.

We chose this period because despite its wonders, it is a period many people know very little about.  We pay very little attention to this forgotten middle child, over shadowed by what came before, and what came after.

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The Map

Land doesn’t come with a board per se but with a thick ancient map of the Mediterranean sea indicating the location of major historical cities.  The map makes it easy for players to track which ancient city they acquired and helps determine where your troops can mobilize to. Experienced players may not need the map to remember where each ancient cities are located.   

Events Deck

Knowledge of history will not affect your ability to play or win the game.  There are over 100 event cards which affect the game in different ways. For example, it may be beneficial hold on to the city of Carthage for a time, but know that the longer you hold on to it, the riskier it gets.

ASTONISHING

ARTWORK

Real People

Our goal is to bring back to life ancient characters in ways never presented before.  Take a good look. You are officially among the first to see the face of Antiochus The Great for more the two thousand years.

Contributors

If like us you share a passion for ancient history and wish to contribute to this project, make sure to get in touch with us.  You could find your artwork making its way in the game or even find yourself on the research team.

PLAYABLE

CIVILIZATIONS

Ptolemaic Kingdom

The Most famous of the Greek (Hellenistic) Kingdoms probably thanks to its last ruler, Cleopatra VII and her involvement with Rome and Caesar.

Egypt is naturally protected with deserts on both sides and cataracts in the south.  The Ptolemy ruled Egypt for 300 years and rather than actively expand their domain, were more interested in creating in Alexandria the greatest, most modern and uniquely diverse metropolis.

Seleucid Empire

The Largest of the Hellenistic kingdoms yet much lesser known than the Ptolemy of Egypt.  This is a kingdom that embraced a huge amount of sheer territory. At its peak, the Seleucid realm included all the territories of Asia Minor,  Syria, part of Arabia,  Mesopotamia and going across Iran, Iraq all the way to the eastern border of Alexander`s empire.

Roman Republic

The imperial army of Rome is well understood and well researched but the same cannot be said for the army of the Republic of Rome.  The 2nd century BCE was a period when Rome was growing from a regional force to a major world power and the majority of the information comes from archeological evidence and the writings of primary sources such as Polybius.  Primary sources do vary significantly in quality but Polybius was born during this period and having witnessed the destruction of Carthage in 146 his writings are most likely based on personal observations.

OTHER

CIVILIZATIONS

Non-Playable

In addition to the playable nations, several others are included in the game either as allies or foes along with historical events that could affect them. Nations such as the Jewish people, Carthaginians, Spartans, and more.

Extensions

Parthian Empire extension
One of the stretch goal is the Parthian Empire extension and

Siege engines extension
The second stretch goal extension is the siege engine extension.

Next Release

In the next release of LAND the game: 2nd Century BCE we will introduce 2 new Playable kingdoms as well as 3 new maps. We are introducing The Han in China, the Maurya Empire and the Shunga Empire in India.


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