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Civilization: The Board Game
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- An exciting board game adaptation of Sid Meier's classic Civilization video game series
- From meager beginnings, lead one of six different historical civilizations to greatness
- Four different ways to win: strive for a military victory, a cultural victory, an economic victory, or a technologic victory
- A modular board creates a new game
- Ages 13+, 2-4 players, 2-3 Hours
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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If you like Civ on the computer already, get it, provided you can find 1 to 3 more players. The game scales well with 2, 3 or 4 players, so don't feel that you need a full 4. (I prefer it with 2, since there is less down-time.)
Head over to the Board Game Geek website and check out some of the video reviews of this board game. That website is the best source of information for all board games. (I am not affiliated with them in any way other than being a long time member and fan.) Here is a link to the page for this game. [...]
That said, this is an awesome experience. Already my roommates and other friends have played several games, and now that many of us know the rules thoroughly each game will take less and less time to complete.
Yes, the rule book is sometimes ambiguous, yes it takes nearly a half hour to set up, and yes the games can take up a lot of daylight. Our first 4-player game took about 7 hours, but it was intense and exciting and ultimately we friends had an excellent time in each other's company. Having learned how to play and gotten used to the pace, we've completed more recent games in as little as 3 hours.
The depth that was put into this game is incredible; for every action there is a proportional counter-move. Think chess and Risk combined, but far more complicated. You can really tell that the makers spent countless hours testing and retesting to make sure everything about the game meshes together.
I'll say it again, if you have time (several hours) to learn how to play this board game, access to 4 patient people who are willing to play, then absolutely buy this game.
If, on the other hand, you doubt you will have the time or patience to learn how to play and actually get a game in, forget it, this is not for you. Don't expect it to be exactly like the PC game. You will find that many of the strategies used there will not help you in the board game. Another important thing to note is that you will need a LOT of space to play, especially when playing with 4 people. Probably the entire dining room table.
If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, and you have some free time to invest, go for it; you won't regret it.
We are are 2 player household and I think it will be very seldom we play this game with more players.
I think the most important I have to mention is, that both players simultaneously said that this game is more Civ than any other Civ boardgame before. It definitely feels more Civ-like and it plays more Civ-like. It is very difficult to assure my friend playing games with 3 or more hours, but this time it is easier than ever.
For us there is only one minor contra I have to mention: there are a lot technologies, but while playing you can figure out what you need next. If you follow a special strategy you will pick up the techs you need quickly and set back those you don't need. We do not feel upset by small figures or cards. Just the loading space for every game component is laughable. It is not possible to save any components well until you buy pleno boxes. You will need them definitely.
The Pro's: the game mechanics are amazing. The culture with its cultural action cards is my favorite. At one moment I was surrounded by 2 armies and I choose to go 2 steps forward at the cultural line, getting 2 cultural action cards, both the same (what a luck) and both allowed to be used in the next movement phase. It was "defection", meaning that I can kill a figure (so the army flag on the board is a figure) within 4 squares of my position. Since I was surrounded by 2 armies, I could kill both figures (not the armies) and my opponent was really not amused.
So my conclusion: my top game for a while I think. We love it, you should get it as soon as possible.
I am always the one who reads the rules and than has to explain them. So I did here, too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DETAILS: Takes 5-15 minutes to set up(if previously organized), 2- player game occupies min. 3ft X 3ft table, need a lot of rubber bands and zip closure sandwich bags to store the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Bird
Takes a while to set up, put away, and even play as there are a lot of pieces, but it has a lot to offer and is a really great and in depth game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin Whitten
Takes way too long to set up! You would need a place to leave it set up to truly enjoy the game.Published 4 months ago by Kelly Smith
Bought this with my wife so we could play 1v1 and have some fun and then break it out for larger family games during holidays. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JRR_Brolkien
This game is very fun. It is a bit daunting the first time you set out to play it because there are a lot of rules and whatnot to read through, but once you get the hang of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Abby Dunn