Timeline Historical Events Card Game
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- 110 historical-related cards; Each card has a different historical event and on the opposite side its associated date
- Option to play with other timeline versions for added challenge
- Fun and educational at the same time
- 2 to 8 players, 15 minutes playtime
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JFK’s assassination, the first step on the moon, the last crusade… can you put all these events correctly on the timeline? With Timeline Historical Events, learn the answer to this question and many more. Each card has a different historical event and on the opposite side its associated date. To begin, one card is randomly selected from the draw pile. This card is placed in the middle of the table, date-side up, and forms the starting point of a chronological line which will slowly be built outwards. On your turn, you'll choose one of your cards and place it before or after the initial card. Your card is then turned date-side up. If your guess was correct, the card remains on the table. Otherwise, the card is discarded and a new one must be drawn to replace it. As more cards are played, it quickly becomes harder to correctly place new ones! The first player to get rid of their cards wins. Play Timeline Historical Events alone or in combination with other Timeline games for an even greater challenge!
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Top customer reviews
-that players do not need to know any precise dates to play, and that by the end of a game, most players have probably learned a few, and more overall about what happened when. This approach emphasizes what I consider important about a timeline -the general order of important events. It makes it much more inviting for the novice.
-that everyone in my family, 8 - 82, has fun playing it.
-that one could easily make the game slighter more or less challenging to suit players.
-that it can start a lot of good discussions.
What's not so great:
-you are spending $12+ for a deck of cards in a box. I would easily pay that for a book and this gets repeated play so I consider it a good value. If you expect more 'hardware' you may be disappointed.
-There is no explanation of the events on the cards. I considered giving fewer stars for this. In future editions, I hope the makers add a sentence or two to explain events. In our play, we just discuss events as we go, sometimes w/wiki on the side, and we try to keep things moving.
Note on play: Directions say that if you get a date wrong, put that card back in the deck and take a new card. I like to leave the old card out, in a second timeline, above the first. This way my kids might take note of the date for the future.
Though this is technically the second expansion of the base game, the Historical Events deck is the best introductory deck, followed by the original Timeline : Inventions deck. The 2nd deck, Discoveries, gets the most complaints from my casual group (lots of MBAs and doctorates in this group) due to dates, but all 3 current games are good and I've pre ordered the 4th.
I would rather see these games offered with cards of standard playing card size. I understand it would require more space for building longer timelines, but there are ways to manage that. Readability and management of the cards would be greatly improved with a larger card size.
One other detraction: Each set has white borders on the cards. Asmodee really missed a good opportunity here in not color-coding the borders of the different sets. The sets can be mixed together for working on timelines that incorporate different subject matter, but once you mix them it is nearly impossible to separate the sets again if you wish to focus on one school subject's events.
In summary: I would have given 5 stars for the game itself. However, it loses one star for the small size of the cards, and one more star for not distinguishing between sets on the cards themselves.
I'm a particular fan of how playing the game causes the children to think through their timelines very carefully. It's a very good way for them to cement their knowledge and for me to make sure that they are understanding their history lessons and are integrating knowledge from other area.