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Through the Ages

(2 customer reviews)


In Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, you begin with a small tribe and the will to build a great civilization. Expand your farms and mines to gain the resources to build your cities. This lays the groundwork for technological advancements, better governments, and great wonders. Choose wise leaders whose legacy will lead your people to greatness. Strengthen your army to protect your borders and to expand your territory. And shape history with your political skill. A strong economy, advanced technology, happy citizens, enlightened government, a strong military – your civilization needs to do well in many areas. You may excel in some, but you should not fall behind in others.

Adjust your strategy to the opportunities the game offers. Your rivals will seek advantages through wars and politics, so keep your defenses up. But don’t neglect the finer things in life, because the civilization with the most influential culture wins.

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Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is the new edition of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, with many changes small and large to the game’s cards over its three ages and extensive changes to how military works.

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is a civilization building game. Each player attempts to build the best civilization through careful resource management, discovering new technologies, electing the right leaders, building wonders and maintaining a strong military. Weakness in any area can be exploited by your opponents. The game takes place throughout the ages beginning in the age of antiquity and ending in the modern age.

One of the primary mechanisms in Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is card drafting. Technologies, wonders, and leaders come into play and become easier to draft the longer they are in play. In order to use a technology you will need enough science to discover it, enough food to create a population to man it and enough resources (ore) to build the building to use it. While balancing the resources needed to advance your technology you also need to build a military. Military is built in the same way as civilian buildings. Players that have a weak military will be preyed upon by other players. There is no map in the game so you cannot lose territory, but players with higher military will steal resources, science, kill leaders, take population or culture. It is very difficult to win with a large military, but it is very easy to lose because of a weak one.

Victory is achieved by the player whose nation has the most culture at the end of the modern age.

  • 2 – 4 players
  • 180 – 240 Minutes
  • Ages 14+


2 reviews for Through the Ages

  1. Fayyaad

    Through the Ages is possibly one of the most amazing games I’ve played, which is saying something. The game sees you starting and managing your own civilization all the way from the Age of Antiquities to the modern era. It’s a heavy, strategic brain-burner of a game, so it definitely won’t be for everyone, but it is possibly one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll play. It works well at all player counts from 2 to 4 (no official solo) and you’re looking at a play time of around 2 hours, if you know what you’re doing. Naturally, the first game is going to take longer because there’s a lot to come to grips with. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made from Big Box! My only complaint is that I can’t play this game more often!

  2. Adhil

    This game is rated as one of the best games ever made due to its epic scale but condensed into a reasonable play time.

    In this game you have to make so many difficult decisions that it makes your head hurt in the best way.

    This tour through history gives you a chance to leverage leaders such as Genghis Khan or Albert Einstein, and allows you to rebuild some of the wonders of the world.

    A compelling and engrossing game for those looking for a bit more of a challenge and able to knuckle down for a longer game.

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