Theme: In the land of ancient Greece, called Hellas, the people waged power struggles for control of the many valuable islands. The combatants faced each other over land and across the seas. In these battles with sail and sword, the combatants venture forth to discover new islands to fight over. To aid them in their battles, the combatants often seek the favour of the Gods.
Gameplay: Hellas is played on a modular game board using six-sided tiles much like Settlers of Catan. Players in Hellas can place troops (boats and/or men), draw cards, or explore by placing a new tile. Battles are extremely simple, with a maximum number of men (3) in a city possible but you need to exceed the number of men your opponent has to win a battle. As such, you'll need both the influence of the Gods (cards) and clever strategy to consistently win.
In addition, the exploration of new cities in Hellas is all important as not doing so will drag on the game as players attempt to take control of the same region of space constantly.
Hellas is both an area control game and a wargame combination, with the added modular board that allows repeated gameplay.
Designed by: Franz-Benno Delonge
Published by: Rio Grande Games
Ages: 12 and up
Playing Time: 60 minutes