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Mark Thomason
United States
Washington
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9
Dec 2008*
One of the most underrated and under-published games... it came with a special edition of the video game Civ III, and the price was worth it just for the card game. Sad they never published it on it's own... I'd love an expansion or second version that moves on into the next era of development...
2011-08-13
Owned
Warren Zdan
United States
Council Bluffs
Iowa
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9
Mar 2011
Surprisingly great game considering it comes as a video game collection free-be. It doesn't work well with 3 players, but 2 or 4 is perfect. The cards are low-quality, the rules are short, and some of the cards are ambiguous. We had to pencil in a lot of house rules to make the game play better. Everyone I've played with loves it, to the extent that my cards are falling apart now, and I'm mad I can't find another copy except ebay or buying the video game collection again (almost worth it just for the card game).
2011-03-03
Owned
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
Sep 2008*
This is an underrated game. It is actually a very good game. Enough strategy, a lot of simplicity. It is a race to victory. Don't expect a deep game but it is a great diversion into something simple, fast, and fun with nice images on the cards. The 4-player (2 vs 2) is the best set up for the game.
2006-11-05*
Tim LochNESS
Netherlands
Leiden
Zuid-Holland
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8
May 2012
I Always seem to like this game. It is handy to take with you and play a nice emoire building game.mIts not deep, nor does it have elegant battle or building systems in it. Still, for a 'free' game it was a great surprise in how it worked. Call me crazy, but if anyone wants to play it, I'd happily spent the 30 to 45 minutes on this game.
2012-05-07
Owned
clemens kremer
Germany
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8
Oct 2011
a good game that is still getting played now and then
2011-10-13
Owned
Jonathan Doolin
United States
Illinois
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8
Sep 2012
Loaned
2011-01-26
Owned
Michael Olsen
Denmark
Ringsted
Danmark
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8
Mar 2015
I have not played it for a while, and my rating might change after pulling it out of the drawer and giving it another go.
However, I remember it as achieving a feel not too far from the computer game, and that with short playing time (and using cards only). I can not think of any other game doing this, or coming close even.
Sure, the "Monopoly effect" is present, but so it is in life it seems.
2015-03-01
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Darryl Ferster
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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8
Jan 2015
I haven't seen this game for sale in a game store. I bought it as part of the Sid Meier's Civilization Chronicles set of computer games. I had played about 100 games of Civilization II, included in this set, and it includes Civ III (which I haven't played) and Civ IV (which I only looked at the tutorial). But I bought the set primarily to get this card game, and it's pretty good! The quality of the cards is poor, but it's a nice 1-hour civilization card game for up to 4 players. I need to play it again sometime.
2015-01-17
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Darren M
Canada
Fort Vermilion
AB
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7.5
Sep 2008*
We got this game with the Chronicles of Civilization computer game bundle. Actually quite a good game with a decent level of strategy and yes... there is even a general feel of building up a civilization as you play. Of course being a card game... things are abstracted out so that battles, tech advances, battle defenses etc are represented by various cards but certainly the game is quite good at what it does. We've only had one two player game so far but I can say it's not a game to play once and toss aside... which is somewhat surprising for a "freebie" card game included with a computer game. My rating could actually go up a bit if we play again and especially once we play with 3 or 4 to see if this has enough legs to stand up to some repeat play.
2008-04-24*
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Wesley Williams
United States
Melrose (Rensselaer County)
New York
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7.5
Mar 2009*
Empire-building game with a euro feel. If it weren't for the cheap components and incomplete rules, this game would rate even higher. Imbalanced with 3 players.
2010-07-11
Owned
Dan
Australia
Melbourne
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7.5
Nov 2009*
A nice surprise - I didn't even know Civ: The card game existed until we played it. Good light fun with just enough of the basic Civ to scratch that itch.
2009-11-22
Birgit Vera Schmidt
Austria
Graz
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7.2
Feb 2010
The constant high risk of losing everything in one single move is a bit bothersome (but makes it more similar to wargames than most other board/card games). Otherwise a good game, and it's a shame it's only buyable bundled with all Civ computer games (which I already own).
2010-02-16
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Dave Heberer
United States
Redmond
Washington
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7
Jun 2007*
I have only played 1 two player game of this. It was light and fun enough, but the components are shoddy and fiddly. This could be made as an actual board game, but I think it's too random for it to get great reviews. Given it's short playing time, I didn't mind the cards that could make or break you coming up.
2007-06-21*
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Simon Harris
United Kingdom
Sutton
Surrey
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7
Sep 2007*
Played once, seems pretty good (note to self - must do a session report). Our group averages out at around 4.5 players so it probably won't get played as often as if it went to 5-6. Slightly disappointly cheap cards but I guess you get what you pay for - it being free!
2007-09-09*
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Aitor Garcia
Spain
Bilbao
Bizkaia
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7
Sep 2007*
Keeps the spirit of Civ (and, more particularly Civ4, I guess), and as such is quite fun and expectation-fulfilling.

If there's anything bad to say about it it's the material - somewhat impractical (many cards should have been tokens) and of poor quality. But hey, it's a bonus!

All in all, everything about it screams "prototype we ended up not releasing, so let's print it in some glossy paper and give it away".

2007-09-29*
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Denis Lavergne
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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7
Aug 2010
A resource management game, where you produce 3 types of commodities (Food, Hammers, Coins). There are no dice, and the randomness of the card draws is somewhat mitigated by the fact that you draw 4 cards, then discard 2 from your entire hand. You can still end up with cards you can't really use.

The "terrain" system revolves around "Plot" cards, which produce 2 resources, or 1-2 types. You may allocate population on each resource, at the cost of 6,8, 10, etc. FOOD per population on the card, and they yield 1 additional resource this plot produces (your choice if there are 2).

Buildings and Wonders are built (Hammers) on the plots, 1 per card, 2 if you have 3 or more population on it. You may purchase additional plots at the cost of 15, 20, 25, etc. resources (of any kind) from the available ones (3 are always displayed/available).

You may also purchase any number of Tech cards, using coins, and they give you a bonus of some sort, as well as 1VP. The tech cards also act as the game clock; as soon as the last one is purchased, the game ends, and VPs are tallied up. Wonder cards are the only other unit which have a VP value.

Like Settlers of Catan, there are two cards which one may control over the course of the game, and those are for the most "Happy faces" and "Culture", and they provide a bonus to the current leading player.

Combat is simplistic but works. Cards are rated for Offensive and/or Defensive action, and act in a rock-paper-scissor fashion. As an example, Archers here are defensive only, but can counter any single opponent card.

You play 1 to n combat cards on your enemy, who then has the option to counter them one by one, as he/she chooses. Non countered units execute their "action", which can be anything from capturing a population to destroying a building (it returns to your hand). Wonders cannot be destroyed, and plots are never stolen.

When there is a choice, the defender chooses which population or building is affected.

Played two-player and liked it (final score was 23 to 21), but think this would be better with 3 or 4, and I would be interested in trying the Team variation.

On the negative side, the game is too long for what it is, but if you are looking for a quick playing "light" Civilization game, this one is good. After all, what's 1-2 hours compared to 12 for Advanced Civilization?
2011-06-05
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Boris Langemark
Denmark
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7
Mar 2011
Best with 2 players.
2011-12-21
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Andreas Burger
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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7
Aug 2008*
Play only one time
2008-08-07*
Peter R.
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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7
Aug 2008*
Preliminary vote after doing a testgame that was stopped because we run out of time. I will try this again! This seems to be a nice game!
2008-08-07*
Jordi Ferrer
Spain
Barcelona
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7
Aug 2009*
Quick and easy civilization game.
2009-08-20
Owned
Martin Windischer
Austria
Innsbruck
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7
Feb 2009*
Maybe the game would benefit from a hand card limit. Otherwise you can collect military power to destroy your opponent in one move.
2010-02-25
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Nicholas DeBusk
United States
San Francisco
California
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7
Mar 2009*
Great to play with your partner, as long as they sit across from you.
2011-01-24
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Kim B
United States
California
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7
Mar 2010
A much better version of Age of Empires II collectible card game. Fast is good in this case. I made mine look less like a card game by adding villagers and color cubes (gold, green, blue) from Age of Mythology - made the game more appealing.

Edit: rating went down after repeated plays, still trying to figure out why but for some reason dont feel like playing this one as much...
2010-03-29
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Burke Glover
United States
Unspecified
Delaware
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7
Sep 2010
Not bad at all, though I worry that cheap VPs from population are really the way to go. If it turns out that's the one strategy to beat, the game won't have much staying power. For now, I'd be happy to play again.

The production is kind of bad, it seemed like the currency cards were printed on photo stock... the result is dozens of floppy, curly little cards that will never lay flat.

(1 play)
2010-09-12
James Pinnion
United Kingdom
Peterborough
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7
Jan 2012
Feels like a cut down version of through the ages; my only real complaint is that the play deck didn't feel like it had quite been play-tested sufficiently (though I might revise this after playing more than one game!). Apart from that, the card stock means that I wont be tempted to introduce it to non-gamers.

The short and eventually simple rules ensure that I will be keeping it, for whenever I want some simple civ building fun.
2012-01-22
Owned

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