Blog Posts by Dominick Blais

Cleopatra of Egypt

It’s hard sometimes to find out when certain piece of information is formed when certain literary sources disappear for example we like to believe that the knowledge about the age of the pyramid is relatively recent however we have the speech of Napoleon Bonaparte before one of the two major battles in his Egyptian campaign and in that speech he talks about the age of the pyramids how did he know that is kind of a puzzle

Today when you think of the famous Cleopatra 7 you think of her as an exotic queen  with dark hair.  It may surprise you to hear that a brunette Cleopatra has only been mainstream since The Unbelievable performance of Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.  Prior to the hipe of the most expensive movie of its time, blond representations of Cleopatra was just as common.

it appears extremely probable that the famous Cleopatra VII wpuld have been blonde.

Despite the lack of writings, scholars are equipped with several pieces of information which may help determine what it could have looked like. There are three undisputed facts which have given rise to debate about the color of Cleopatra’s hair:
Cleopatra came from a highly incestuous family (the Ptolemies) in which brother-sister marriages were the norm
Many of Cleopatra’s ancestors had light-colored hair ranging from blonde to strawberry blonde
Cleopatra’s grandmother (the only known source of foreign blood in Cleopatra’s family) belonged to a dynasty which descended from the same Greek-Macedonian region as the Ptolemies

The lack of foreign blood could keep recessive traits like blonde hair and blue eyes very common.

Several of the famous depiction of Cleopatra over the last two millennium are representing her with blond such are


The queen we are talking about today is not the same as Cleopatra but it’s her great-grandmother she’s the granddaughter of Antiochus the third from Syria a rule for quite some time. She married both of her brothers must I have a horrible horrible relationship with her second husband by the sound of it she led Rebellion against him and to teach her a lesson he murdered her first son from her first marriage and he murdered his own son.  He apparently dismembered her first son and had the head and the hands and feet send to her as a birthday present.

Honey I don’t think you should get me anything for my birthday. Are you sure?

“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