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Troyes

Posted by admin On October - 27 - 2011

By Guest Reviewer, Chad Adams

This popular game just got reprinted! And with all the excitement with Tournay, I thought I would write a review on Troyes. Enjoy! Find out more at Z-man, or to order an copy!

Awakened by the sound of wooden carriage wheels clobbering the cobblestone walkways, the peasants enter the town square. Villagers ready their market stands while monks await the ringing of the cathedral bells to start morning prayer. A new day begins in the infant city of Troyes. As a rich influential family in the Champagne region of France, your goal, is to build Troyes into the most glorious city in France. Use your influence, power and money to utilize the villagers and contribute to the city’s growth. But beware, war, political evils and religious corruption must be dispelled if Troyes is to survive.

“In Troyes, recreate four centuries of history of this famous medieval city of France. Each player manages their segment of the population (represented by a horde of dice) and their hand of cards, which represent the three primary domains of the city: religious, military, and civil. Players can also offer cash to their opponents’ populace in order to get a little moonlighting out of them – anything for more fame!”

Troyes is a worker placement game with dice, and a twist. Action locations are not blocked when played on like in Agricola. Instead, dice are used to perform actions. The higher the values on your dice, the more return you get from an action space. Do dice hate you like they do me? No problem, just spend some influence to re-roll or “flip” the dice, making those 1′s become 6′s!

I really like how this game has variable actions and random setup. It makes every play a little different, yet the randomness of the cards and dice do not negate the strategic element we all know and love in a heavy euro. In Troyes, you also need to be careful that your actions don’t inadvertently help your opponents. For example, dice can be bought from another player (who can’t refuse) and used as your own. This of course will give them more money to spend on a future turn. Another example of this I find interesting are the events. Events are “bad stuff” that happens to the city as a whole, like wars and religious turmoil. Fighting these events helps prevent bad stuff from happening to everyone. Again one must be careful not to over help the other players.

Troyes is a great game, but it can be a bit hard to explain. Most new players will expect their Agricola or Alien frontier experience to carry over, but it doesn’t. Troyes also has many errors in the rule book, yes even the second printing has errors. I suggest reading the PDF rules online as it is the most “up to date” and does a fantastic job at explaining the rules.

I highly recommend this game. With its gorgeous artistic style and unique play experience, Troyes is definitely one of my “top shelf games”.

RATINGS
Quality: 4/5
‘Errors in the book. Cards are black edged, they look great but probably need sleeved.’

Fun: 4/5
‘I really like games where you can perform creative combos, and this is one of them. It’s a 4 because it’s not that fun for a new player learning the rules’

Substance: 5/5
‘Games all feel a little different, the most unique game I own’

Re-playability: 5/5
‘The game comes with many cards that really alter the gameplay, It will not get old fast’