"Judean Hammer" is a fast-playing wargame
which depicts tense struggle between the rebel player (The Maccabeans)
and the empire player (The Seleucid Greeks) trying to re-assert their
control. This two-player wargame plays in about an hour or two, with a
lightning fast set-up time. The Greeks start in their unassailable
supply centers, controlling Jerusalem, but the Maccabeans can use
ambushes to whittle their foe while cutting off the Greek supply.
At the heart of the game you strive for control of critical cities in
the region, especially Jerusalem, playing cards to move or recruit
units or to use a special ability that benefits only your faction.
However, there's only one deck, and the more special ability cards you
play, the weaker your side becomes in combat — which leaves you to make
tough decisions at almost every play: Do you push for an early
advantage, capturing critical regions and amassing a victory point
advantage? Or do you bide your time, watching your opponent weaken
themselves, then strike hard at the end to steal the win?
1-1.5 hour playtime