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Year Published
2000
# of Players
2
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Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
45 − 60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Babel
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In Babel, each player makes use of members of various tribes of the ancient world to build temples, exploit (or exterminated) their opponent's work force, destroy or steal their opponent's temples and otherwise do whatever it takes to build the tallest temples to win the game.

The game plays out on a small game board representing regions of 5 ancient civilizations, Medes, Sumerians, Hitites, Persians, and Assyrians. Each player will be dealt a hand of cards (consisting of 5 types corresponding to the above tribes). Players themselves are represented by stone figures. Temple cards will be made available at the side of the board for building throughout the game. On his or her turn, a player may discard a card to move to the corresponding region, place a card on the region they are currently located, build a temple by having tribesmen equal to the number or level on the temple card AND having built the previous (lower) temple level, move tribesmen from one region to another, or perform a skill action unique to each tribe. Players may perform any and all actions available to them, being able to perform most actions as many times as they wish and saving any number of unplayed cards for subsequent turns.

A big component of this game is placing your tribe cards in sets. Skills can only be used if a set of three (or more) cards is at the same location as the player marker. By discarding one of the cards of a set, the skill may be used. No matter the tribe, performing this action can force the opponent to discard half their hand. Other skills, such as robbing a temple from an opponent, skipping a level on a temple build, destroy an opposing temple, etc. are specific to the tribe activated.

Game play progresses until one of two conditions is met: if a player builds 15 points (or levels) of temples before the opposing player builds at least 10 points, that player wins. If the opponent [i]does have[/i] more than 10 points, the game continues until one player reaches 20 points (in which case he or she wins) OR one player subsequently drops below 10 (in which case he or she loses).

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Components

  • 1 game board
  • 45 temple cards
  • 60 tribe cards
  • 2 stone figures
  • Rulebook

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Online Play

  • Feuerteufel. Dutch website supporting live play and asynchronous play-by-web, with notification emails. For non-Dutch speakers/readers, using Google Translate (e.g., with Google Chrome or with the Google Toolbar in Firefox, or even through translate.google.com) works pretty well!
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English second edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2014
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Release Date: Feb 2014
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Dutch second edition
Publisher: White Goblin Games
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2014
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
Dutch
Release Date: Q4 2014
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French second edition
Publisher: Filosofia Édition
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2013
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: 999 Games, KOSMOS
Artist: Claus Schobig
Year: 2001
Product Code: 999-BAB01
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
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French first edition
Publisher: Tilsit
Artist: Claus Schobig
Year: 2001
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3 Babel Brief by Liumas
Very complete Babel reference on 1 single-sided page, fits in box. [ImageID=2375447 original]
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2015-01-14
8 Russian rules
Unofficial russian rules
Russian
2010-01-14
16 Just Another Babel Player Aid v1.0
This compact player's aid will "fit in the box" (laminated). Enjoy!
English
2009-05-29
3 Babel Nederlands / Dutch
The Excel-version of Betty Egan translated into Dutch for my kids. All credits are for Betty, thnx!!! De Nederlandse vertaling van de Excel-versie van Betty Egan.
2008-08-19
3 Babel Concise rulers refresher
This sheet is for people who have played the game before but need a concise rules refresher so they can jump straight back into playing. Print double sided, laminate and stick in the box!
2008-08-12
6 Babel_sp.pdf
Babel: rules in spanish
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2007-11-22
3 REFERENCE CARD IN SPANISH
Reference card. Tarjeta de referencia. Based on a previous work of Chris Conboy.
Spanish
2007-11-21
54 Universal Head BABEL Rules Summary & Reference Sheet
The Universal Head BABEL Rules Summary & Reference Sheet v2.2 (Aug10). Single-sided rules summary and reference sheet (2 on the page).
2007-06-06
10 Babel Player Aid.pdf
2 Handy, full-color reference cards for quicker play.
2007-03-31
2 ConciseRefSheet03 - Babel.ppt
Concise reference sheet for teaching the game and easy reference
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