Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
A proper civilisation building game, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization provides a thorough enjoyment of 4-5 hours. The game incorporates elements of resource management, elections, construction, and military expansion, all of which the players have to plan strategically in order to win. Designed for 2-4 players, this game is a masterpiece by Vlaada Chvatil. It came out in 2006 and was published by Czech Board Games.
The game comes with 365 well-illustrated cards, each representing one day of the year and divided into four ages, encompassing the age of antiquity and ends with the modern age. The game box also contains a central display and four player displays, as well as a bunch of tokens in four different colours. The illustrations on the cards are excellent and a tribute to the artists, Jakub Politzer and Milan Vavroň. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization has been nominated for several awards based on its strategic playability.
The aim of the game is to build the civilisation and the winner is the person with the most culture at the end of the game. The goal is not focused on destroying other civilisations, but to concentrate on building your own. This means that player interaction is limited but this is not by any means a dampener on the fun provided by the game. The game requires intense concentration and a high level of interest as well as a good amount of time. But if you are able to give all of these, then the game rewards you well. The replayability factor of the game is also pretty high. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is certainly not a party game, and is meant for serious gamers.
If you have a strong interest in civilisation building games and are not put off by lengthy play, then Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is a wonderful game in which to invest your time.