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  The Great Zimbabwe

The Great Zimbabwe


The Great Zimbabwe is a game about building a trade based civilization in ancient Africa. It has been inspired by the old kingdoms surrounding the Great Zimbabwe, a world heritage site in southern Africa. Far into the previous century, colonial governments denied that a civilization that produced such impressive monuments and beautiful artwork could have been African in origin. But of course, this civilization was African, and the country of Zimbabwe itself was proudly named after this impressive cultural heritage. As always in our games, we have used this history for inspiration; however, first and foremost we wanted to create a highly playable and replayable Splotter game, so in many cases we took liberties with historical names, periods and artwork.

In the game, players strive to build the most impressive monuments to one god of their choice. They can choose this god themselves-- each of the twelve gods offers a unique blessing, but each also requires a different amount of work to win the game. Building the monuments is done by developing a logistics network stretching across the region. Through this network, players produce and obtain ritual goods to raise their monuments and bring honour to the god of their choice.

Here's the flavour text from the rules:

The Mutapa king struts into the village, followed by a bunch of young warriors herding cattle. “Oondabezitha ”, he addresses the assembly of kings, “I have brought twelve heads of cattle for the ceremony tonight”. The others seem to shrink in stature as he speaks. The star of the king of Mutapa is clearly ascending. They have not brought nearly as much cattle themselves. “Soon, we will all be praying to Obatala”, murmurs one of the older Kilwa traders. “The Mutapa will be raising their godless monuments sky-high. Perhaps it is time for us to resort to some magic of our own”. Then the sky breaks into a thunder and a torrential rain pours down on the assembly. The men scramble while the plains fill with water. The ceremony will be wet tonight... 

Players: 2 - 5
Playtime: 120 + Minutes
Ages: 16 +
Published by: Splotter

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Reviewer: Mark O'Reilly from Chester   5 Stars
This game is simply incredible. I have owned a copy since the first printing and it has seen a lot of play . I have never played a game quite like TGZ before. The game is a spatial one with portions of area control and resource management...and many cool innovative mechanics on top. The auction system is a joy, where you will always get some cattle ( money) back , you will probably want to adore a god in the game, but you can only worship one for the entire game, so pick wisely. If you want a specialist teller, you can have one, but everything you get to help you, including craftsmen will increase the victory points you need to win the game. Gameplay is smooth, agonising ( in a very good way) and a brain burner. Saying that, there can be real punch the air moments when you pull off genius moves on your turn. The components and artwork are fantastic. This game looks simply gorgeous on the table. So nice to see this available again, so other gamers can enjoy this rare gaming perfection. I rate this a 10/10 on bgg. It's that awesome! Buy it!.