Game Info

The Great Zimbabwe
2 - 5 players
average 120 minutes
Challenging
Published in
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Economic Civilization Industry / Manufacturing Transportation
Auction/Bidding Tile Placement Card Drafting Route/Network Building Modular Board Variable Player Powers

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... The Great Zimbabwe is a logistico-economic game in which players are tribal leaders in Africa trying to please the gods by building monuments. Buying technology, building craftsmen, gathering resources and worshipping a god are among the many decisions necessary to win in 'The Great Zimbabwe'. But the main way of getting there is building and developing a network of monuments. The higher the monuments, the closer the players will be to victory, but players must balance many subtle aspects of the game. If they develop their economy, if they worship a powerful god or if they use a lot of technology, they will need to score more victory points. Clever use of turn-order manipulation, economic development in an almost close environment, scarce natural resource use and logistical optimization to deliver goods from craftsmen to monuments: You only get one action per turn, so be smart! 'The Great Zimbabwe' is a race for victory, in which you decide how far you want to go and at what speed. Then other players' decisions change everything...

Overall Statistics for philcampeau's Gaming Group

Total Games Played: 33
Average Players Per Game 3.5

Win/Loss Statistics for philcampeau's Gaming Group

Badges Name   NemePoints   Total Games   Avg. NemePoints   Wins / Losses % Won  
Phil Campeau 1090  26 42.00 
8
18
30 %
Jason Begy 600  15 40.00 
5
10
33 %
Malcolm 510  14 36.00 
4
10
28 %
RJ 389  7 56.00 
3
4
42 %
philcampeau 292  7 42.00 
2
5
28 %
Felix Telenis 241  3 80.00 
3
0
100 %
Nick Sanchez 203  5 41.00 
0
5
0 %
Eric Knell 197  4 49.00 
3
1
75 %
Zach Chillman 177  5 35.00 
1
4
20 %
Jake Klopfenstein 118  4 30.00 
0
4
0 %
Ethan Malay 104  3 35.00 
0
3
0 %
Arthur Kerr 91  2 46.00 
1
1
50 %
Gabs Campeau 83  2 42.00 
0
2
0 %
Colin 75  1 75.00 
1
0
100 %
Corey Small 75  1 75.00 
1
0
100 %
Sara Peeling 75  1 75.00 
1
0
100 %
Maeghan O'Neill 56  2 28.00 
0
2
0 %
Camden DoaM 48  2 24.00 
0
2
0 %
Roch 44  1 44.00 
0
1
0 %
Sean Daniel 45  2 22.00 
0
2
0 %
Donna Russell 41  2 20.00 
0
2
0 %
Yeshwanth Somasundaram 36  1 36.00 
0
1
0 %
Matthew L. 32  1 32.00 
0
1
0 %
Nicholas 32  1 32.00 
0
1
0 %
Brent McLelland 26  2 13.00 
0
2
0 %
Curtis Chapman 25  1 25.00 
0
1
0 %
Cernan Bayan 16  1 16.00 
0
1
0 %

    Last 5 Played Games for philcampeau's Gaming Group

    Date Played Result
    7/27/2021
    75 
    2nd RJ
    36 
    36 
    16 
    7/22/2021
    1st Colin
    75 
    2nd RJ
    44 
    32 
    16 
    11/25/2020
    1st RJ
    83 
    55 
    32 
    25 
    13 
    11/17/2020
    83 
    44 
    2nd RJ
    44 
    25 
    13 
    11/12/2020
    1st RJ
    75 
    44 
    32 
    16