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Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648

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Limited edition. Each game is individually numbered.

Revolution: The Dutch Revolt simulates the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Netherlands. This epic struggle lasted from 1568 until 1648 and eventually brought independence to Holland and the northern provinces. In the south, the revolt was less successful and Belgium did not emerge as an independent state until after the Napoleonic era. During the initial stages of the struggle, William of Orange became the symbol of freedom. His main adversary was the Spanish King Philip II, who sent in the Duke of Alba with his formidable conquistadores to stop the rebellion.

Revolution depicts a power struggle with many facets. Each player represents one of the principal factions involved: the Catholics, Habsburgs, Nobility, Burghers and Reformers. Each faction has it's particular goals, which are often partly common. Although factions may sometimes co-operate, they are not allies for long and easily turn on each other if the situation calls for this.

This game is not a detailed military re-enactment of the Eighty Years' War. It tries to capture the flavor of these interesting times in a much broader sense. It contains an element of warfare in the form of battles and sieges but the main theme is built on economic, religious and political control. The constantly shifting balance of power, caused by temporary alliances, makes Revolution an immensely challenging game.

Revolution: The Dutch Revolt was more than 15 years in the making, and marks Francis Tresham´s long-awaited return to the forefront of game design. He is most famous for his widely acclaimed board games Civilization and the 18xx series.

Contents: One large gameboard, 41 playing cards, 416 colorful game pieces, 1 player aid card, 1 rules booklet. Box size approximately 37 x 27 x 6cm

2-5 players
Ages 12 & up
Playtime: 4-8 hours
Author: Francis Tresham
Publisher: Phalanx Games


Release date NZ
April 8th, 2008
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  • Area Control
  • Variable Player Powers
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