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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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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. Game Contents: * Scoreboard * 4 player mats * 4 reference cards * 350+ game cards * 265 wood tokens * 1 rulebook

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001M2189M
  • Item model number: 1053
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,124 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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== Super short review

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.
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The first impression of this game, packed tightly in a modest, linen finished box, like a finely framed painting, was very nearly enough to make me want to buy it! Frankly, it's about the sexiest looking game at first glance that I've ever seen. And the game itself, once underway, is tight and immersive, rather like driving a finely tuned sportscar. The historical scope is anything but tight, stretching from ancient times to jet fighters of the modern age. For Civ players who want to stay in the ancient day, this might be is a turn off, but for every one else, it is a tour de force of imaginative engagement with the developments, inventions, governments, redoubtable personages, weaponry, agricultural and technological advances of timeline planet earth. The game play involves small cards and small bits that are not overly handsome and there is no map of the cradle of civilization nor tech tree, iconic staples for most civ games. In the vein of Race for the Galaxy, there is a lot of bean fiddling going on, I thought, but the game juice will carry most players through the bean mechanics with a smile on their face. As other reviewers have said, you don't get your money's worth from the components, here, but from the GAME ITSELF. Which is how it ought to be. Not that I'd argue with a pricing correlation with the pure physicality of the game, but personally, I don't think it's that big of a deal. If you love civ games you owe it to yourself to look into Through the Ages, a Story of Civilization!
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Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is an excellent game in the style of Sid Meier's computer game series. It's deep, it's fun, in 15+ I have not found a single flaw with the system of play (except that it might be a little bit long for some, but trust me, the game time goes down as you become more acquainted with the game). So is there anything wrong with this game? Yes. Not with the gameplay, but with the game. The boardgames, cards and bits aren't exactly of the highest quality, and considering how expensive this game is (I paid 70 dollars, for example), then at first glance it is obvious that the cost of the components in no way justify the cost. But play this game and you'll forget about the cost of the game or the card quality, the simple markers and the lack of eye candy because the game that you are getting here is absolutely outstanding. This game might not win any beauty contests, but it's got so much going for it that it really isn't important besides a simple buyers beware in this review. Buy and enjoy.
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