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The Maria board game is based on the War of the Austrian Succession, where Austria was attacked by Prussia, France, Bavaria and Saxony, while only Great Britain, Hanover and the Netherlands (by forming the so-called Pragmatic Army) helped her.

The Maria board game is primarily a 3 player game. One player is Austria, the second is France plus Bavaria, while the third player plays as Prussia (Austria’s enemy) and the Pragmatic Army (Austria’s ally) at the same time. This is made possible by the division of the map into two parts, the Flanders map and the Bohemia map.

MARIA is derived from the award-winning Friedrich, but has its very own character, including politics, hussars, force marches, imperial election, Saxony’s betrayal and Prussia’s annexation of Silesia. Subtle maneuvers, seizure of fortresses, prudent retreats, and Machiavellian politics are the keys to victory. However, players must be careful: whoever uses his Tactical Cards unwisely in battle can suddenly find himself not on the highway to glory but on the road to ruin.

MARIA takes you to the era of the 18th century’s ruthless struggle for power. It can be played in 2 variants: the shorter, simplified introductory game or the longer but richer advanced game, with its simultaneous campaigns in Bohemia and Flanders.

Game Details
NameMaria (2009)
ComplexityMedium Heavy [3.60]
BGG Rank405 [7.99]
Player Count (Recommended)2-3 (3)


1 review for Maria

  1. Geoff Byers (verified owner)

    Maria is one of the most unusual games out there, and really needs three players. The map is split into two, because one player is tasked with being both Prussia (enemy of Austria) and the Pragmatic Army (allied to Austria). It’s a long (can go four hours) dense strategy game of unusual character, but without an excessive amount of complexity. Its unusual player count and design means it will never be as popular as other more conventional games, but it’s a superb game.

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