Web of Power
- 2012: 12th
- 2010: 12th
- 2005: 36th
- appeared on all three lists
- rank: 232
- rating: 7.34
- out of print
Why It's On The List
- An extraordinarily simple game of brinksmanship as various monastic orders struggle to influence medieval Europe. Quite possibly one of the best three player games ever designed.
Tips & Tricks:
- Web of Power was reprinted as China - with some board & rules changes. I like the original better.
- The designer (Michael Schacht) has an online gaming site where you can play not only Web of Power & China... but a series of 12 different boards using the same game system!
- Make plays that enable you to put pairs into your hand - since they act as wild cards.
- Tricky scoring tip #1: advisors only help if you win/tie on both sides of the connection. Don't get in a war you can't win - you're only helping the other guy.
- Tricky scoring tip #2: don't take all but one building site in a country - you leave a spot open for one player to collect a lot of points w/a single play. You only need a majority in a country to garner all of the points.
- There are a couple of expansions - both are print & play: The Vatican (which is ok) and Kardinal & Konig: Das Duell (which does a great job of making Web of Power work as a 2 player game).
- One complaint: a direct translation of the German name (Kardinal & Konig) would have been much better name than Web of Power... it would have been "Cardinals & Kings".
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