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Through The Ages

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  • Fun strategy game
  • For 2-4 players
  • Tons of replay value
  • Takes about 2 hours to play


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002UQ74TC
  • Item model number: 101053N
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,192 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Through the Ages is an exciting game of strategy and resource management. Players guide their civilizations up from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages, and into Modern Times. What will your civilization be like? Will it be warlike? Technologically advanced? Religious? Artistic? Choose from Leaders such as Hammurabi, Napoleon, and Ghandi. Build the Pyramids, the Great Wall, or the Eiffel Tower. Your Civilization's culture is yours to shape and you can do it differently every time you play the game. Through the Ages is playable in three different difficulty levels. Play the short Tutorial Game to learn the game mechanics. Play the Advanced Game when you are ready to face the consequences of politics and corruption. And when you want an even greater challenge, play the Full Version of Through the Ages and take your civilization from spear-throwing to space flight.

Product Description

Through the Ages is an exciting game of strategy and resource management. Players guide their civilizations up from Antiquity, through the Middle Ages, and into Modern Times. What will your civilization be like? Will it be warlike? Technologically advanced? Religious? Artistic? Choose from Leaders such as Hammurabi, Napoleon, and Ghandi. Build the Pyramids, the Great Wall, or the Eiffel Tower? Your Civilization's culture is yours to shape and you can do it differently every time you play the game. Through the Ages is playable in three different difficulty levels. Play the short Tutorial Game to learn the game mechanics. Play the Advanced Game when you are ready to face the consequences of politics and corruption. And when you want an even greater challenge, play the Full Version of Through the Ages and take your civilization from spear-throwing to space flight.

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Even with that, the game is a blast!
Caleb Carter
It can be a bit daunting getting started but if you stick with it for a couple of plays, you will be rewarded with a very rich and satisfying civ experience.
Ari
TtA is for 2-4 players and scales extremely well.
Kevin C. Rohrer

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ari on November 23, 2010
Since receiving this game it has dominated my gaming table and quickly become my favorite boardgame. This is a meaty, civilization based game for 2-4 players that can be played in anywhere from 2 to 4 hours (essentially 1 hour per player once players are experienced). It can be a bit daunting getting started but if you stick with it for a couple of plays, you will be rewarded with a very rich and satisfying civ experience. You start out with a despot government, no leader, one warrior, two mines, two farms, a science lab, and one worker in your worker pool. You also begin with 4 civil actions and 2 military actions(these can be increased by cards obtained during play). From here you must build your civilization to try and surpass those of your opponents. Each turn you must pay attention to many different items. You need to balance and manage your science production, your farm output and feeding your workers, your mining output and corruption, the happiness level of your population and uprisings, your military strength, and lastly your culture points, as the player with the most culture at the end of the game is the winner. The game plays through 5 ages: Antiquity (lasts one turn), Age I, Age II, Age III, and Age IV (also lasts only one turn). You can win with almost any combination of cards(leaders, wonders, governments, territories,urban buildings, technologies,etc...) provided that you are not the weakest militarily. Just as in real life, if you are by far the weakest, your civ will be robbed and pounded into the dirt for your frailty. The game is very well balanced and requires you to maintain that same balance within your own civilization. If you are a fan of meaty, low luck boardgames, this game is for you and you should buy it immediately.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on August 3, 2011
I confess: I've always liked civ games. And I've long been hunting for the ideal medium-weight civilization type game that is playable in 4 hours or less, and I've been on a quest for economic, military and technological bliss.

I'm pleased to report that with Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, my quest is virtually over. It's not a perfect holy grail of civilization games, because any game that plays in under 4 hours has to sacrifice something. Through the Ages lacks a map, and arguably the down time can become an issue when played with four players. But as far as medium weight civilization games go, Through the Ages is stunningly good, and perhaps the very best.

The game is primarily driven by cards, but there are player boards and tokens, because you'll need to be managing a variety of things in your civilization, including population, food, building resources, science, strength, culture, happiness, and government. On your turn you take actions to slowly build up your civilization by inventing new technologies, building new buildings, producing building materials, all the while making sure that you have enough to feed your people and keep them happy. There's also significant player interaction, and not only are you competing with other players to have the most advanced civilization in terms of cultural development, scientific progress, or military strength, but you can even use your military to attack your opponent - although the cost of doing this can be high!

Through the Ages certainly meets most of the criteria I'm looking for a civilization type game: strong historical flavour and theme, economic and military elements, civilization technology, playable in 4 hours or less, a solid game without being overly complex, and decent components. Now excuse me, while I go and build myself a civilization! - EndersGame @ BGG
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cornforce on October 26, 2011
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Through the Ages is definitely one of the most enriching and enjoyable boardgames I've played ever. That being said its going to take some investment of time to learn this game. It took me and my wife a good 3 hours the first game. However the game's manual is set up in such a way that you can read along as you play (which is why game 1 took a bit long. The game has three different levels and introduces concepts easily and understandably. The 3 levels of play are set up in a way that its very easy to advanced to the next and gives you a chance to grasp the concepts. My wife isn't much of a strategy gamer but she picked these concepts up quick and is really addicted to it. If your willing to put a little learning time into a game pick this up you will not regret it! Once the concepts are grasped (took us about 2 games) I would say games take to about an hour per individual playing, so for 2 people roughly 2 hours.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Durtschi on February 20, 2012
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Being a huge fan of Sid Meyer's Civilization on the computer, I decided to pick up this game. It was a tough decision because there is now a Sid Meyer's civ board game, and I didn't know how to choose, but this game got better reviews so I took a chance. I am so glad I did, after 2 plays this game rocketed up to my absolute favorite game on the shelf. Past old favorites like Pandemic, Power Grid, Ticket to Ride, Last Night on Earth, and Agricola. This is the first Vlaada Chvatil game I have played, but I really enjoy it. At first, the rules are very daunting, and this is not a game to just jump into blindly. The first game I played seemed like it took forever, and I had to reread the rule book afterwards to find I had make so many mistakes it wasn't funny. After the 2nd game, the rules made more sense and the game flowed nicely and we were able to get into the more advanced ages and really have some fun. I will admit that I have tinkered the rules a little (house rules) but mostly this game is great right out of the box.
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