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    Through the Ages 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 TTA 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.

    Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Designer Vlaada Chvátil
    Mfg Suggested Ages 12 and up
    # of Players 2 - 4 Players
    User Suggested # of Players Best with 3 players
    Year Published 2006
    Artist Richard Cortes / Paul Niemeyer
    User Suggested Ages 12 and up
    Subdomain Strategy Games
    Website No
    Publisher Czech Board Games / Czech Games Edition / DiceTree Games / Eagle-Gryphon Games / HomoLudicus / IELLO / MINDOK / Pegasus Spiele / Portal Games / Raven Distribution / Rebel / Wargames Club Publishing
    Playing Time 240 minutes
    Family Tableau Building
    Honors 2011 Tric Trac Nominee / 2011 Lys Passioné Finalist / 2010 Juego del Año Tico Winner / 2010 Juego del Año Tico Nominee / 2010 Gra Roku Game of the Year / 2008 JoTa Best Monster Board Game Nominee / 2008 JoTa Best Card Game Nominee / 2008 Golden Geek Best
    Primary Name Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
    Alternate Names Cywilizacja: Poprzez wieki / Im Wandel der Zeiten: Eine Geschichte der Zivilisation / Through the Ages: Historia de las Civilizaciones / Through the Ages: L'Histoire vous appartient / Through the Ages: La Storia delle Civiltà / Through the Ages: Příběh ci
    Mechanic Action Point Allowance System / Auction/Bidding / Card Drafting / Hand Management
    Game category Civilization / Economic
    Language Dependence Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
    Play time filter No


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