Blog Posts by Dominick Blais

“Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.”

-Cato the Elder

“These three centuries ( 3rd, 2nd and 1st Century BCE) cover some of the most crucial and transformational history of the ancient world, played out on an unprecedented large scale. The changes are lasting and fundamental.”

-Peter Green, The Hellenistic age.

Winnipeg Comic Con 2016

I know it is quite unbelievable but this was my first time ever going to a comic con. I was pretty impressed to see lifesize Optimus Prime and the Batmobile.

I got my hands on two great prints Pabu/Bolin and Rocky Vs. Appollo. Had a chance to hang out with ti-bert le voyageur, travor Leaman, William O’Donnell. Too bad Chris you had to leave early on Sunday and we just missed you.

Got my hands on my very own copy of Cropcycle, game night soon.

Trading Centres

The TRADING CENTRES are ready!  TRADING CENTRE cards are designed to help you boost your economy and collect more gold per turn. Debasing currency and mass production are fantastic for a while…until the bubble bursts!  Watch out for that event card that can crash your economy when the system starts breaking down.

market place     market place pross     market place complete



The Hellenistic age saw an unprecedented expansion of economic activities. Social tensions from an unequal distribution of wealth were rising.

Gold and silver was used for international trade, but the common people were excluded from this new prosperity by using copper coinage.



From the beginning of historical times and all throughout the Roman Empire, the ancient economy was primarily rural where nearly 90 percent of the people were engaged in farming and raising livestock.

In the Hellenistic Kingdoms, salaries were paid partly in produce, and general wages were kept artificially low. Locals who didn’t speak Greek were often discriminated against.



In the 3rd and 2nd century BCE, money was gradually losing value. The Ptolemies lightened the silver decagram from 17g to 13g of silver during this period.   As a way to control the currency, the Ptolemies forced foreigners to have their coinage remitted in order to trade in Egypt.


Here’s a preview of the 3 cards.


LAND the game market card 3      LAND the game market card 2      LAND the game - market card 1




Instant Event

Debasement of currency, rapid inflation, expensive credit, and plundering of the silver to copper ratio led to great social unrest.  All players must pay 5 society tokens per TRADING POST they own.


LAND the game events card 1



Knowledge & Strategies card 1

The 3rd and 2nd century BCE saw an unprecedented increase in mass production. Scientists experimented with newer and faster growing varieties of crops, and …engineers pushed technological advances such as the iron plows, irrigation systems, and other improved equipment – all for the purpose of producing more goods at a faster rate.

All TRADING CENTRES now produce 3 times more gold per turn.


1-1Strategy Card MOD 2_1



Knowledge & Strategies card 2

Taxes in the ancient world were not collected by a government official but by private individuals (“Publicanus” in Latin) …who added commissions to the taxes as their own wages. When the bible refers to “Publicans,” it means “tax collectors.”

You can now sell SOCIETY TOKENS to the treasury for 4 gold each, at any time.


2-2Strategy Card MOD 2_1


Ancient Quotes: Polybius

“Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.”


Ancient Quotes: Marcus Pacuvius

The perfect love of God knoweth no difference between the poor and the rich.

– Marcus Pacuvius

“If history is deprived of the Truth, we are left with nothing but an idle, unprofitable tale.”

-Polybius (200-118 BCE)

“Man is loved mainly because of two virtues: courage first, loyalty second.”
– Gaius Lucilius (c. 180 – 103/2 BC)

He was the earliest Roman satirist and a Roman citizen of the equestrian class and a member of the Scipionic Circle. His writings only remain in fragments.

‪#‎AncientQuote‬ of the week  ‪#‎tabletop‬ ‪#‎Lucilius‬ ‪#‎ancientrome‬ ‪#‎kickstartergames‬

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quote of the week – Plautus

“No man is wise enough by himself.”

– Titus Maccius Plautus


“Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up.”

– Terence