Justin Robbins

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I mean the video game series. Take your pick on the best one (for me it's IV).

I know comparing the two may seem odd, but Civilization is a turn-based game which I own and love, so how does Through the Ages compare with it? I'm considering buying it, so I would love your opinions.

I'm also a history buff who loves theme (but it isn't necessarily a deal breaker).

Thanks!
 
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Conor Hickey
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There's no map so expansion is abstracted into colonies and military is abstracted into an overall strength, no moving of units or anything like that. I love TtA and I Civ 4 is my favourite game ever, but they are not terribly similar.

Try and find someone already familiar with it to explain the rules etc for your first game - also a 2 player game means that military is VERY zero-sum so 3 is probably the sweet spot for this.
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I think TtA is the superior game, but if you are looking for something to replicate Sid Meier's Civilization how about ... Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game?
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Justin Robbins

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MyParadox wrote:
I think TtA is the superior game, but if you are looking for something to replicate Sid Meier's Civilization how about ... Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game?


Well I'm not looking for a replication, quite the opposite. I was looking for a different but still very good civilization game.
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Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is a wonderful and innovative game that's nothing like anything else, even though it does draw thematic elements from the video game. If you like new and different games, I highly recommend it. It's one of my 10's.
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You could always try one of the free online versions. I normally have at least one game going on boardgamearena.com.

Sorry. I'd link that but I'm on a phone.
 
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TtA is an awesome game and a great civ builder, I'd recommend checking out the Rahdo runthrough to see how it plays: [url]https://boardgamegeek.com/video/32812/through-ages-story-civ... [/url]

If you're looking for something a bit less abstract, I highly recommend Clash of Cultures. It doesn't really get out of the Medieval era, but it has a cool tech tree, awesome city building and a nice sense of exploration and world building. Also, the Civilizations expansion adds 14 unique factions similar to Civ IV - check it out.
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Through the Ages is an awesome civ builder and possibly the best strategy game out there.
But you must play it several times to really understand how the civil part works as a whole, how military actions can influence your decisions and what a great source of fun the political events can be.
 
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If you don't mind taking a suggestion......look at The Golden Ages. I recently played this one and loved it. I have played every Civilization game created.

The Golden Ages gives the feel of Civilization but without being epic. Our Four Player game with all of us being newbies to it, only took slightly over two hours.
 
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m_jeff wrote:

The Golden Ages gives the feel of Civilization but without being epic. Our Four Player game with all of us being newbies to it, only took slightly over two hours.



It sounds like the opposite of what I require in a Civ game then - long and epic!
 
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