Roll Through the Ages tries to offer the feeling of Civilization building games - but without the need to dedicate a lot (!) of time for one game. You build a civilization in about 30 minutes... With a lot of dice rolling, pretty deep theme and lots of fun.
The box comes with nice wooden peg boards (and pegs), with score sheets and dice. Quite unusual, but very nice - and of high quality.
The rules are simple and thought out very well. Your dice determine what actions you can take, and what field you want to focus on. As basically known from other CIV games you have to gain resources, feed your cities and build monuments. You also can decide to buy different developments which offer certain benefits. The player with the most victory points wins the game.
The game is definitely successful in providing CIV (lite) feeling in a very short period of gameplay. Of course you can't expect the strategic depth of a game like Through the Ages or similar ones, where you spend 2-3 hours for one game. It would be unfair to compare it to these games. If you consider Roll Through the Ages as what it is and what it is meant to be, you will be really impressed and entertained. And pretty likely want to play it over and over again...
From the publisher: Build a thriving civilization -- in under an hour! Collect goods, assign workers to build cities and erect monuments, advance your civilization through cultural and scientific developments, but don't forget to harvest enough food to feed your growing population.Grab those dice and Roll Through the Ages! in this addictive and strategic new game from Matt Leacock, the designer of the incredibly popular Pandemic.
Nominated for the 2010 "Spiel des Jahres" German Board Game of the Year Award.
1-4 players, 30 min
author: matt leacock
published by: pegasus spiele (german), gryphon games (english)
category: civilization, dice rolling
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