This game is so good that I think it deserves its own thread because it would be a shame for it to get buried in the iOS thread, and I think enough of us are going to play it that we can collect strategy tips and game call-outs here. For those of you who don’t know, this is a boardgame from 2006 designed by Vlaada Chvátil that just got a digital port a few days ago, and it is so well-executed that it’s stunning. The game itself is excellent and the port is equally so. The game is a strategy game up to 4 people (but plays fine with 2 or 3) that Vlaada made to be a boardgame version of Sid Meier’s Civilization (not the Francis Tresham Avalon Hill Civilization or Advance Civ or any of that) and it has many of the same concepts. Played against the AI (which seems pretty good to me, btw) a game takes maybe 30 minutes.
Might be interesting for the option to play against AI, but www.boardgaming-online.com will probably continue to be my go-to for async versus my friends. I prefer a low-resource browser based implementation over any dedicated app.
There is a ton of async options: 90-180 sec/turn, 4-6 min/turn, 20 minutes/turn, 3 hours/turn, 12 hours/turn, 24 hours/turn, 3 days/turn, and “endless” time per turn.
All of those modes include a fixed amount of “reserve” time that I think you can draw from throughout the game. For example, the 20 minutes/turn blitz mode has 16 hours of reserve, which you can use to stop the game at night and resume the next day.