This is a clever tile-laying game set round the eponymous city during the Roman Empire. Players take it in turns to lay tiles showing mountains, desert or grasslands, extending out from the city. Depending on which of their pawns they move, they either pick up more tiles or score points by matching adjacent tiles.
It's more complicated than that, of course, but the key decision is when to switch from collecting tiles to scoring points. As the end of the game is in the control of the players, there are lots tactical opportunities here too. I've really enjoyed Palmyra, despite it being quite abstract, and am continuing to play it – including online at Boîte à Jeux.
For 1-5 players, aged 10+, playing time 45 minutes: £18.00 £12.50 to clear (£10.42 without tax outside the EU) – or make me an offer...