Through the Ages 2nd Edition By Eagle Games
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- 2-4 Players
- Ages 12 and up
- 2+ Hours
- Multiple levels of complexity allows new players to get familiar with mechanics of play
- A fascinating, absorbing game
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Top Customer Reviews
It's fun. Buy it.
== Short review
* It's fun.
* You have to think.
* Randomness does not dominate the gameplay. You can plan ahead and react to the cards as they appear.
* Your mistakes will be punished. (Not "Age of Steam" punished, but you'll feel the pain of making stupid moves.)
== Long review
I missed out on this when it was released at Essen 2006. Instead of hitting eBay, I waited patiently for the reprint. For a year, I read everything that I could find on the game, multiple times. I was pretty anxious for it, but I was worried that I was building it up too much in my mind, and figured I'd be let down.
It was everything I hoped for and then some.
The reprint itself has some production issues which are supposed to be fixed at some point. I'm not disappointed that I picked this one up though. The reprint as-is is very playable.
As for the game, you have to maintain a balance between production, science, culture, and military. If you overproduce, corruption prevents you from hoarding resources. If you don't build up your science, you can't pay for upgrades. If you don't produce culture (i.e. victory points) you can't win. If you don't keep up with your military, your opponent can punch you in the face via aggressions, or in some cases just outright win via certain wars.
Of course, you don't have anything close to resembling the number of actions and resources that you need to pull all of this off. It's a juggling act where you're trying to squeeze in just one more ball than everyone else.
The upgrades that you're competing for enter the game via a Dutch auction.Read more ›
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