In this game of ancient colonization, pilot your
fleet of colonists to an unknown Mediterranean
shore and establish colonies in fortuitous
locations. Some of the decisions you will consider:
Land immediately or take time to find the ideal location?
Benefit from proximity to others or stay more safely away?
Re-invest to grow your colonies or conquer those of others?
Send your fleet home or use it as a vehicle of influence?
Create more colonies or thrive safely behind strong walls?
Pursue speedy growth or avoid disrupting the citizenry?
In ancient times nearly every vacant Mediterranean
coastline was colonized by one group of
Greeks or another. In the game you may play
the tyrannical Corinthians
the belligerent Spartans
the Euboean explorers
the thrifty Phocaeans
founders of ancient Marseilles and famed as the
best seafarers of all the Greeks
the Phoenicians, whose seafaring and trading
abilities are legend to this day
A discovered, modular board that is different every time
Variable powers and a large card deck
No board means it's easy to take along.
What Players Say
“Gotta tell you, [it] really hits the "sweet spot" for me: an
historical theme expressed through (as opposed to – German-style
– arbitrarily dropped on top of) very tightly crafted game mechanics.
I guess it's the Grognard in me that finds this extra dimension of "meaning"
so satisfying – game abstractions with a purpose.”
“Synopsis: Jim Dunnigan and Reiner Knizia are actually one person and the whole
direction of historical game design avoids 25 years of specialist dead-ends.
I really want to play this game.”
“It's a good enough game. It's an interesting Euro-style game.... Had it appeared [earlier] would have been a classic.”
—Enrico Viglino (calandale)
9/18/2017 Fleet counters replaced with wooden ship tokens! See at right.
8/30/2017 Rename to Ancient Colonies (from Poleis). Add ice cubes as part of the package instead of sold separately. Replace box with a plastic ziploc to lower cost.
12/7/2016 Updates since the videos