More on Mare Nostrum
- For those of you not subscribed to r.g.b., the English rules to Mare Nostrum
were posted recently. I've done a quick read through, and nothing in there
has changed my mind that I really want this game! One interesting note, the
game appears to have gone where Puerto Rico feared to tread: one of the
dozen commodities available for trade in the game is Slaves. And if the
number of cards of each type is any indicator of value, Slaves are the Ochre
of this game, tied with Fish for most common commodity.
I wonder if this will have any effect at all on the popularity of the
game. I would think not, but I am pretty forgiving of political
incorrectness. Besides, the time frame is so long ago that it isn't even
really politically incorrect is it? I can see some particularly sensitive
souls feeling odd about playing a game involving slavery in Puerto Rico,
since there are probably plenty of people alive today who can trace their
heritage back to being either slave traders or slaves in that time period.
But Babylon? I dunno, I remember reading a few comments about the Slavery
power in Vinci. I suppose you can always find someone who is offended by
just about anything.
Anyway, the current time frame for release is late January 2003 in Europe,
and I guess it'll be about a month after that before it makes it to US
shores. Definitely looking forward to it!
David Fontes http://www.mmiusa.com/ookpik/