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Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India


For the final night of 'themed' June I decided to stick with the winning combination of Kramer and Kiesling ... but it was difficult. Difficult because Last train to Wensleydale was one of the games nominated, and i love a big slice Wensleydale .
I particularly like it when its served with a side of Smith and Kelly (and it was)

So we split into 3 groups. Nick's group played Municipium, Stephens group played Wensleydale and I tabled Maharaja.


The aim of Maharaja is to build palaces. If you can build all your palaces before anyone else then you win the game. If two or more people build them all on the same round then money is the tie breaker.

Each round the Maharajah visits on of the Cites on the board and scoring will take place. Then its a simple majority exercise with the winning player getting 12 coins, 2nd getting 9, 3rd getting 5 and 4th place getting 3.
Palaces are expensive to build (12 coins each) so you have to ensure you get enough income from city scoring to allow you to build more palaces.

To aid you can take special character cards which give you special bonuses (e.g. an extra coin every turn, palaces cost 9 gold etc..)

The heart of the game is the clever action selection mechanic. Each turn starts with everyone secretly selecting 2 actions then in turn order revealing those actions and performing them. As usual 2 actions is never enough and you spend a lot of time agonising over what you think your opponents will do, what you want to do, what you need to do and how your going to get the money to pay for it all.

Early game scoring.. Julia is mysteriously absent while Kyle (Blue) and David (Yellow) vie for majority. Calum (red) watches on with amusement.


The game ended with Kyle and myself both building out 7th palace on the same round, fortunately I had a few coins more then him and squeaked the win. Calum was close behind and Julia was off somewhere muttering that she hated the stupid game.

As is always the case when you haven't played a game for a few years we got a couple of rules wrong, but nothing too serious. It also reminded me of what an excellent game it is, and I really must make more of an effort to get it to the table more often (unfortunately it joins a long and illustrious list of games I want to play more often) 


So theme month is over - back to normal games selection again.


A few members have never had the pleasure in trying out our 'namesake' board game, Primordial Soup, so hopefully we'll get a chance to rectify that (I've even made some fimo amoeba specially!)