Pax Pamir (Second Edition) board game
Pax Pamir (Second Edition) board game

Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

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In Pax Pamir, players assume the role of nineteenth century Afghan leaders attempting to forge a new state after the collapse of the Durrani Empire. Western histories often call this period "The Great Game" because of the role played by the Europeans who attempted to use central Asia as a theater for their own rivalries. In this game, those empires are viewed strictly from the perspective of the Afghans who sought to manipulate the interloping ferengi (foreigners) for their own purposes.

In terms of game play, Pax Pamir is a pretty straightforward tableau builder. Players spend most of their turns purchasing cards from a central market, then playing those cards in front of them in a single row called a court. Playing cards adds units to the game's map and grants access to additional actions that can be taken to disrupt other players and influence the course of the game. That last point is worth emphasizing. Though everyone is building their own row of cards, the game offers many ways for players to interfere with each other directly and indirectly.

To survive, players will organize into coalitions. Throughout the game, the dominance of the different coalitions will be evaluated by the players when a special card, called a "Dominance Check", is resolved. If a single coalition has a commanding lead during one of these checks, those players loyal to that coalition will receive victory points based on their influence in their coalition. However, if Afghanistan remains fragmented during one of these checks, players instead will receive victory points based on their personal power base.

After each Dominance Check, victory is checked and the game will be partially reset, offering players a fresh attempt to realize their ambitions. The game ends when a single player is able to achieve a lead of four or more victory points or after the fourth and final Dominance Check is resolved.

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  • I should note that, at time of writing, I've only played four times and all of them are solo, but...I just love it so much. I can't wait to actually play it... It's so intricate and delicate. Everything is important but you've got limited everything! You need to develop armies and roads, but you also need to develop your pieces so that you can rule over some zones so you can build those armies and roads! PLUS you're gonna need spies, because they kill opponent tableau cards, but also net you bribes in the meantime. Speaking of which, don't forget about money! Taxing seems boring but goddamn money is important in this game.I just love it, there's so much more. The factions, the betrayal, the events... What a fantastic game. Better than Inis or Kemet, in my book.
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  • Partial play. Missed a few rules. Very eager to play again.
  • There is likely a good game in this cheshire cat looking box. Unfortunately Pax Pamir provides such a poor first experience, I suspect few will push into the amount of plays required for the game to gel. As it stands, Pamir is a lumbering, mishmash of overly complex and restrictive rules.
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On Thursday, played three games, all of which I handily lost.

I played two games of #Race for the Galaxy against the Keldon AI program. I am just in awe of how good that program really is. I would love to play it more, but I'm afraid it I play it too much I might become good, or even too good.

Then I played #Pax Pamir (Second Edition). This continues to not disappoint. Once again we went through to the 4th dominance check, where the Wakhan edged me out by one point. 

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#Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

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#Black Sonata

#Brass: Birmingham

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#Age of Steam