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Stone Age

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  • For 2-4 players
  • Takes about 90 minutes to play
  • Tons of replay value
  • Strategy game
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Get in touch with your roots with Stone Age from Rio Grande Games. Each age has its special challenges. The Stone Age was shaped by the emergence of agriculture, the processing of useful resources and by the building of simple huts. Trade begins and grows and civilization takes root and spreads. In addition, traditional abilities like skillful hunting are in demand, in order to nourish the growing population. The goal of each player is to master these challenges. There are many ways to do so, so everyone can work to achieve his goal in his own way. Deploy workers, hunt, gather, farm and develop tools when and in the numbers you feel necessary. Make strategic decisions and capitalize on rare opportunities before your opponents! Find your own way and learn at the end whether it was best!

From the Manufacturer

The times were hard indeed. Our ancestors worked with their legs and backs straining against wooden plows in the stony earth. Of course, progress did not stop with the wooden plow. People always searched for better tools and more productive plants to make their work more effective. In stone age, the players live in this time, just as our ancestors did. They collect wood, break stone and wash their gold from the river. They trade freely, expand their village and so achieve new levels of civilization. With a balance of luck and planning, the players compete for food in this pre-historic time. Risk and grow as your ancestors did. Only then the victory ring sings to you. For 2-4 players. Takes about 90 minutes to play. Tons of replay value.

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Product Dimensions 12.5 x 9 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 3.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number 361RGG
Manufacturer recommended age 12 - 16 years
Best Sellers Rank #101,453 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#2,939 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.8 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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Over the past decade, a new genre of board game has emerged, largely from Europe. This new category falls between the casual and simple Parker Brothers games and the heavy and serious old school Avalon Hill games. If Monopoly feels like a waste of time dominated by luck, but you aren't interested in dedicating an entire weekend and basement to a giant game with miniature figures, the new "eurogames" might be just the thing for you. Rio Grande is one publisher that targets this niche. Popular and approachable games in this category are "Settlers of Catan", "Carcasonne", "Ticket to Ride", and "Puerto Rico".

Stone Age is an excellent new addition to this field. It's easily the best game I've played in the past few years, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it win several board-game-of-the-year awards. Like other "eurogames", it's not so light as to be dominated by luck or trivial to master; it's strategically deep and compelling, with many different paths to victory. Yet at the same time, it's easy to learn and you can play an entire game in under 2 hours.

Stone Age is particularly well balanced for 4 players, though you can also play with 2 or 3. The 4-player game lasts about 2 hours after you've learned the rules. It's deep enough to be enjoyed by hard-core board game fans, yet simple enough to learn that casual game players will be able to pick it up in a few minutes. Best of all, Stone Age has an excellent design feature that keeps all players actively engaged at all times; gone are the dead times where you wait for 3 other players to take their long turns, and you won't find yourself getting up from the table and asking someone to play for you.
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My experience with Rio Grande Games has been a roller coaster ride of sorts these past few months. Beginning with games like Cape Horn and Caribbean, I had been convinced that theirs was a catalog of intermediate strategy-based games with detailed boards and quality components. Then I made the mistake of purchasing their Dragon Riders: a game so abysmal that it shook my confidence in the entire company. Still, a rash of positive reviews for Stone Age piqued my curiosity so I went ahead and tossed it into my virtual shopping cart in a recent massive order. Now that I've got a few sessions under my belt, I can report honestly that it exceeded expectations on its own while redeeming Rio Grande's reputation.

Written by Michael Tummelhofer and produced by the German company Hans Im Gluck, Stone Age is the latest in a long line of board games imported to North America from Europe by Rio Grande. The game boasts such stats as a 2-4 player limit, age 10+ learning curve, and an average game time of 60-90 minutes. The learning curve may actually appear a bit steeper than the average ten-year-old's faculties initially but once the mechanics and systematic nature of the game are understood, it's nothing that an 8-10 year old couldn't pick up on.

The rules span a full color 8-page rulebook with concise examples scattered throughout and while the information contained within can be a bit intimidating the first time through, the game really does a nice job of breaking up the player's options into simple, logical steps. About the most difficult section of the rules to grasp early on is the scoring system but since that doesn't come into the equation until the very end of the game, it's probably wise to simply ignore this section until the time comes to put it into action.
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First, I have a question for the more seasoned eurogamers out there: how does this compare to Puerto Rico and Agricola? This is my 3rd eurogame and I am looking to acquire more, but want to branch out and although PR and AG are highly rated, I don't want to get a game that similar to this one that i already own. (I have not played PR or AG, but from reading descriptions, they seem similar to stone age)

Now for my review: I really like this game. I can't stand games that rely solely or mostly on luck, but if there is too much strategy my wife doesn't like it as much. This game appeases me with ample strategy, but is also simple enough to play that my wife enjoys it as well. The art and pieces really do make the game stand out. There are multiple strategies for trying to win, which I like. You could try to acquire tons of cards to win that way, or you could try to build lots of buildings, etc...many decisions to make which makes it fun for me.

Also, like others have said, it does a good job of being constantly engaging, turns are quick and rotate through so there is little downtime. Conflict is low so that is good for couples, but there are still opportunities to block someone else's play, or to feel that pit in your gut when you can't decide to go here or there not sure if you will successfully block your opponent or if they will in turn block you.

It took a good few hours to initially get through the instructions and set up the board/pieces, but once someone knows it well, it can be taught to others fairly easily.

Currently, I own Stone Age, Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. This one is my 2nd favorite and Carcassonne is my 1st favorite overall, but for 2 player games specifically, I slightly prefer Stone Age.
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