Saturday, 25 September 2010

Chaos in the Old World

The game, which is set in the Warhammer universe, basically reflects four evil gods, which are working hard on destroying the world and/or each other. Of course each player takes the role of one of these gods (Slaanesh, Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch), whereas each is equipped with different powers. That fact ensures an asymmetric game with a lot of possibilities how the game will unfold.


Great artwork and high production value. The artwork perfectly fits and further strengthens the strong theme, e.g. the board reflects stretched human flesh. Nice miniatures are provided as well as lots of cards and counters.


The rules are quite simple and easy to learn, gameplay and mechanics
are overall very tight and elegant. Basically you have to wisely play chaos cards and summon followers, then there is the important phase of battles (roll battle dice according to the attack value of your figures), which is followed by the corruption phase (where regions can be ruined). There are two victory conditions, you have to either earn more than 50 victory points or you have to advance your threat dial to the end (different conditions for each god).


A great game, with a strong and original theme. It is easy to access, but nevertheless offers a lot of strategic and tactical depth. The asymmetry of the game even increases the possibilities and is in general a very interesting aspect - as different ways of playing (depending on the god chosen) lead to victory. The designer did a great job in many ways, as the game is balanced pretty well - despite the mentioned asymmetries and can be played in about 90 minutes. You should at least give it a try, it's one of the best games I've played lately.

From the publisher:
In the Chaos in the Old World board game, each player takes the role
of one of the malevolent Lords of Chaos. Each god’s distinctive powers and legion of followers give the controlling player unique strengths and heretical abilities with which to corrupt and enslave the Old World. Yet, as the powers of Chaos seek domination by corruption and conquest, they must vie not only against each other, but also against the desperate denizens of the Old World who fight to banish the gods back to the maelstrom of the Realm of Chaos…for now.

3-4 players, 90 min
author: eric m. lang

published by:
heidelberger spieleverlag (german), ffg (english)
category: fantasy, fighting, area control

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