Rome & Carthage is a family-friendly wargame set around the Mediterranean Sea. Playing in two teams, each player controls one of four empires based in the cities Rome, Carthage, Constantinople, and Alexandria, and the goal is to occupy the other capitals or destroy your opponents' pieces on both land and sea.
Each player controls different armies consisting of infantry, cavalry, elephants and galleys, with simple movement rules and slightly different abilities. In combat, each player plays two cards from his hand, with cards coming from a standard 52-card deck. Different units have different powers; the elephant, for example, doubles a player's highest card while the cavalry doubles his lowest one. Certain combinations of cards allow for special actions, such as seeing what your opponent plays before laying down your own cards.
Rome & Carthage is from Jean-René Vernes, one of the designers of Risk. It is a verly light wargame with luck playing a large factor. Since the two sides plays as teams, it allows for family play as an adult can play on each side and work with any younger players.
Contents: game board, 52 cards, 2 special cards, 28 armies, rules.