Great Games Based on Ancient Civilizations?
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I'm looking for some good games based on actual civilizations preferably pre-Roman empire. I used to be a big fan of Advanced Civilization but haven't played it in years, and I'm curious if more recent games have exceeded that benchmark. I'm specifically looking for multi-player games with lots of historic flavor but good gameplay as well, something "medium-weight".
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1. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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The classic of this genre in my opinion, played it many times but alas I don't own a copy.
 
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2. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:330]
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I've heard this is fun (haven't played it), but it may be a little too light for my tastes.
 
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3. Board Game: Empires of the Ancient World [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2858]
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Haven't played this either, is it based on actual civilizations? Reviews suggest there may be a bit too much randomness...
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4. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:599]
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Once again I've never played this, how does it stand up to newer designs?
 
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5. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:514]
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This looks intriguing, different part of the world but roughly fits the theme.
 
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6. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:846]
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This may be the sort of thing you are looking for. Multi-player, early Roman civilization. I consulted on the playtest version. Lots of historical research went into it, although this was fudged where necessary for playability.
 
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This is a very fun game for 5 players, but it dosn't play well at all with 3 or 4.
It's very colorful, plays quick, and all in all has a real nice "feel" to it.
 
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8. Board Game: Successors (second edition) [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2397]
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I'd say that nothing so far beats Adv Civ, but this is a really really good 4 player game, that plays in half the time or less. Lots of historical flavour, but more of a wargame and political manouvering (a lot like Sword of Rome), rather than civilization-building. OOP and expensive, but a reprint is supposed to come in a year or so.

There are a bunch of games with this name, though, so be aware you get the right version (Avalon Hill 1997).
 
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9. Board Game: Chariot Lords [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4320]
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Each Lord controls between 5 and 6 nations, some strong, others weak, each with varying goals and objectives.
 
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10. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1459]
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If history of the world is in here, this might as well be too.
 
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11. Board Game: Azteca [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:9162]
Dane Peacock
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This one is not exactly ancient civilizations (more like 1400's), but what the heck. It is a multi-player game with TONS of historic flavor and good, unique gameplay.

I would call it medium weight, but it can run as long as 4 hours.
 
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12. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:595]
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This game is all about the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. The game covers a time period long enough to see several civilizations rise and fall.
 
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13. Board Game: Maharaja [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4513]
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Fits a lot of your criteria though it does cover a much larger time frame than just ancient civilizations. I have had the opportunity to play multiplayer several times and enjoyed the game a lot.
 
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14. Board Game: Tahuantinsuyu [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2233]
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You can not go wrong with this game - it is about the creation of the ancient Inca empire.
 
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15. Board Game: Age of Heroes [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:12053]
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This is a great card game for 2 to 6 competing ancient civs. The best card game to give you the feeling of empire building. Plus, it's free for you to make on your own.
 
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16. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:558]
 
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Antike certainly qualifies. The game actually contains a huge booklet with background information on the ancient personalities players need to collect to win the game. Those are not part of the game but it's very interesting to read this.
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17. Board Game: Ancient Colonies [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
 
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You might like this one on the Ancient Greeks and Carthaginians.
 
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