Set in ancient Rome, Trajan is a development game in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life such as political influence, trading, military dominion and other important parts of Roman culture. The central mechanism of the game uses a system similar to that in Mancala or pit-and-pebbles games. In Trajan, a player has six possible actions: building, trading, taking tiles from the forum, using the military, influencing the Senate, and placing Trajan tiles on his tableau. This is a Euro-style strategy game and playing time is 30 minutes per player.

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In ancient Rome, a citizen’s status is everything.

Trajan is a game about building your influence across all facets of Roman culture, showing that you are not only a silver-tongued negotiator, but also a skilled trader and military leader. You will have to navigate the ever-choppy political waters of the Roman Senate, anticipating the needs of the people and gaining influence over the senators to sway votes in your favor. You aren’t the only sophisticate trying to climb the political ladder, and to ignore them is to seal your own fate.

The players try to gain victory points, smartly taking their chances offered by the tactical facilities of six different actions. On the one hand,it is important to make use of sudden chances, on the other hand players must not neglect to give other players a hard time in crucial situations. Additionally, players may scheme relevant actions a few turns in advance. Regardless of the outcome of your first game, you will become more experienced with each subsequent game and always learn new refinements.