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Fabio Binder
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Disclaimer: The main goal of “Down to the Basics Reviews” is to show what the game is about, getting down to the basics, the bare minimum necessary to captivated the reader.

So, about Through the Ages:

There are three ways to play: simple, advanced and full. I will talk about the full game, because the others exist basically to teach new players.

1) What it is?
A game where you build your own civilization.

2) How do you play?
The flow of play can be resumed as: select cards, execute actions and play cards. You have three tracks that represent your gains of culture and science and your military strength. You win the game by scoring more culture points than the other players. You gain culture points in several ways: by building temples and theaters, colonizing certain territories or by playing specific wonders, leaders, action cards, agressions or wars.

3) What are the decisions that you make?
Lots of decisions to make, new player may feel overwhelmed and it will take some plays to have a good understand of the game.

At the start of the game:
- You must select one card from the line of civil face up cards.

Then each round, you may:
- Play a military card
- Execute the political event, if there is any.
- Execute civil actions: select civil cards, elect a new leader, play action card, build or upgrade buildings, destroy buildings, increase population, discover a new technology.
- Execute military actions: build or upgrade units, disband units, draw military cards.

4) What is good about it?
If you like deep strategy games with lots of decisions and a thematic feel you can go no wrong with Through the Ages:
- There are several possible strategies to win the game.
- The theme is strong.
- It is considered one of the best in the genre, it is really deep and a genuine brain burner.

5) What is not so good about it?
At first, you may feel overwhelmed by the rules and the great due to the ammount of information that you have to deal with. The game is quite long, from two/three hours with two players to four/five hours with four players. The game is not excellent with four players, because of the waiting time and the frustration of not being able to get the cards that you want. The aggressions and wars may have demolishing effects. Some may not like the absence of a map. And finally, mistakes in the first rounds may hurt a lot on the long run.

6) What it feels when you play it?
The game is epic. You start with very little: agriculture, a few mines, a lab, a primitive army and few people. As time goes by, you will work with great leaders, like Napoleon, Da Vinci, Gengis Khan, Gandhi and Albert Einstein. You will evolve as a society, creating the justice system, navigation and architecture. To fight your enemies you will build tanks, planes and rockets. You will discover and develop new technologies like movies, computers and even the internet. All that makes you really have that feeling of building a great civilization!
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Cranium Junker wrote:
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fbinder wrote:
Cranium Junker wrote:
The Sushi Train strikes again


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Thank you! I was afraid I was the only one.
 
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