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In Legacy: Gears of Time players are time travellers. They travel back through the ages bringing various technologies into existence, and attempting to control them to score points.

It is a fairly simple game. The rule book contains only about 4 pages of actual rules. On a player's turn they take three actions, in any order, and as many times as they want. They can either: take two cards (which mostly contain the technologies) and discard one, or establish a technology (by playing a card and paying its cost with other cards), or influence a technology (by putting cubes of your colour on it), or travel back in time.

However, within those few actions lies a very deep and thinky game. Technologies can come into, and disappear from, the time-line. As technologies are established more advanced technologies can arise. Those more advanced technologies can fail however, if one or more of the earlier technologies it depends on fades from history. So, there is a strong area control-like mechanism involved, as players attempt to wrest control of various technologies from each other to keep them in existence, and to get the corresponding points. Also, there are multiple cards of each technology. If a given technology is established in two different periods of history, the earlier one will win out (as of course something can't be invented twice). So, it behooves players to establish technologies as early in the time-line as possible. This give rise to a strong push-your-luck element. As, for the most part, you can only travel back in time during each round. So, you want to go back as far as possible, but if you do you will be stuck far back in the past with little flexibility as to what you can do on your turn. On the other hand, you can establish a technology later in the time-line, but risk someone going back further in time and establishing the same technology making yours irrelevant.

The game is four rounds long, comprising four turns each. During each turn players get three actions. Even with all these rounds, turns, and actions players will never be able to do everything that they'll want to. This makes for some very tough decision making along the way. However, the game also has some levity. The artwork on the cards is silly. But also, there will be moments in the game where unexpected things will occur. For example, the last time I played it was later in the game, we had established things like the internet, but because no one controlled fire, or the wheel, they fell out of existence in the time-line. Imagine our society with the internet, but no way to cook our food, or use wheeled transportation!

Anyway, whomever navigates through the ever-changing history of the world best, by bringing into existence various technologies, and maintaining control over them, will get the most points, and win.

Legacy: Gears of Time is one of my all time favourite games. If you like area control, push your luck, or the idea of time travel I suggest you get your hands on this game now!
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Very nice writeup! This is a seriously under-appreciated game here on the geek.
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Wow, thanks for the compliments!

Glad you guys are still enjoying this one, and definitely appreciate the help spreading the word about it.
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Floodgate wrote:
Wow, thanks for the compliments!

Glad you guys are still enjoying this one, and definitely appreciate the help spreading the word about it.


No problem! When are you reprinting that mini expansion???
 
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Floodgate wrote:
Wow, thanks for the compliments!

Glad you guys are still enjoying this one, and definitely appreciate the help spreading the word about it.


No problem! When are you reprinting that mini expansion???


Great questions

It will most likely will be with the Legacy: Time Surge printing, which is now looking like next year.
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Floodgate wrote:
Wow, thanks for the compliments!

Glad you guys are still enjoying this one, and definitely appreciate the help spreading the word about it.


I just received it from US (as it is very difficult to get here in EU), I secured a copy in the latest JVMF.

Can't wait to play it!
 
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