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- The classic civilization-building game is now even better.
- In addition to outstanding new art, this version includes subtle improvements to the existing mechanics -a fairer, less random military system, streamlined corruption mechanics, and rebalanced the cards.
- 2-4 players
- Ages 14+
- 120 minute play time
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Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization by Vlaada Chvátil is the new version of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. The classic civilization-building game is now even better. In addition to outstanding new art, this version includes subtle improvements to the existing mechanics - a fairer, less random military system, streamlined corruption mechanics and re-balanced cards. These improvements were made with the help of expert players and statistics from the thousands of games. Now, we love the game even more. We hope you will too! Components include 1 each Card Row, Culture Board, Science Board, Military Board and Current Age Board, 4 Player Boards, 179 Civil Cards, 150 Military Cards, 250 Plastic Cubes in 4 Colors, 28 Wooden Tokens in 4 Colors, 1 Sticker Sheet, 4 Quick Reference Sheets, 1 Rulebook and 1 Guidebook.
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|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 14.57 x 10.24 in||0.4 x 11.81 x 14.57 in||9.12 x 12 x 2.12 in||8.6 x 12 x 1.7 in||10 x 10 x 3 in||3.6 x 8.8 x 12.4 in|
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Top Customer Reviews
The changes in this one work well for me and now I enjoy it even more - only downside is the game length...
Other than that I would play it daily (see boardgamegeek for an in depth review)
Excellent and a worthy upgrade from earlier editions - better player boards, cubes instead of those disk things, a little large cards, rebalanced, etc....
If you like this game - you owe it to yourself to get this edition....
After setting it up it was obvious it would be quite the project to learn by reading the directions, it would be much easier if you had someone to walk you through it who knew what they were doing. First we tried just learning by reading the directions but that became a bit overwhelming and we weren't quite sure if we were understood things correctly, the two books it comes with are pretty complex.
For anyone who is learning about the game I would HIGHLY suggest playing on the website boardgaming-online, it's free to play and although the interface is pretty "microsoft-painty" and looks pretty cheap, the concepts in the online version all work, I would get a friend and sit down and open a few browser windows and sign in to each as one person and play back and forth that way first. That way you don't have to worry about if you're getting it right or not, it makes it MUCH easier to learn because the website lists what you CAN do every turn and handles all the sequential steps on its own which is one of the most difficult aspects to learn on your own, you can read the directions on some of the more advanced concepts while you go and it makes much more sense, once we played through a few of the online games it made understanding the game & the rules so much more simple, highly recommend the online game 1-2 times through to get a hang of the concepts, I guarantee it'll make learning the game much less daunting.
This game plays fantastic, I love the turn sequencing, the strategy & the variety of "routes" you can take, makes the replay value much higher, it's quite impressive what they've managed to pack into this game. A lot of concepts in the game similar to that of Castles of Burgundy in that you get "x" amount of moves per turn and you're trying to maximize the "points" you get by those, they're definitely very similar, I've been playing a lot of the popular highly rated games and find this to be my favorite so far, probably replacing Castles, and I do love that game, if you like that.. you'll definitely love this. I like that this game favors strategy > luck, there's definitely a lot to analyze, so if you're sitting down to play with players who tend to go slow on their turns you'll want to make sure everyone has several hours to dedicate to finishing the game in one sitting.
I've included a picture that shows the game all setup and actually being played, one thing that is definitely worth noting is just how much space it takes up on a table, for those of you who have a surface in mind that you're planning on playing on you'll want to make sure that it's big enough, the table in my picture is 55" x 32" & you can see that just the 2 player setup on here is very tight.
For anyone who is a lover of strategy games and knows people who do too, this is an absolute necessity to add to your collection!
The civilization theme comes out in the military technology and actions players can inflict on each other while balancing their civilization's food, happiness and technology. Be prepared to set aside 4-6 hours for your first game or 1.5-2 hours per player until you get more proficient in the rules and strategies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Play time: 4-5 hours (expect 6 hours when first learning the game)
Age: A 12 year old could probably pick...Read more