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Bart Elison
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Lately I have been craving something that would remind me a bit of the Civ games from the glory days of turn based strategy on the PC. I actually played a game of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization a few weeks back and I enjoyed it but I don't think I would have an easy time getting the people I know to play this with me, as well as the cost is pretty high (usually around $70 or more), and all the little cubes you have to maintain seemed a little fiddly. I also played Advanced Civilization which is very hard to find a copy of these days, but very enjoyable. Does anyone have any recommendations for other civ style games that they have liked that are both accessible and obtainable?
 
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+1 vote for Sid Meier's Style.


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Agreed. The game designers need to get cracking on a Sid-style civ. Eagle Games has a version based on Sid's Civ. But, I'd like to see a version closer to the PC.
 
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Pocket civ looks cool but its only a solitaire game?
 
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Phoenicia is a fine game. The thing it really lacks though to be a "civ" style, at least to me, is a map. Also it seems to suffer from a situation where if you get one good deal at the beginning of the game you tend to run away with it. I've been playing a lot of this online and have noticed this pattern.
 
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Vinci. Lighter than Civ or Advanced Civ, but thematically similar and reminiscent. I especially like the civilization decline mechanic -- you extend your civilization as far as you can, then put it into decline and start a new one.

There's also Small World, which is coming out Real Soon Now. From all I've read of it, it's largely the same game as Vinci, with some modifications and a fantasy theme.
 
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Similar to Vinci is History of the World, which has a bit more chrome and tracks the rise and fall of real empires. I have not played it myself, by I believe Antike might also fall into that niche.
 
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bartimus95 wrote:
Phoenicia is a fine game. The thing it really lacks though to be a "civ" style, at least to me, is a map.

TtA also doesn't have a map, so it isn't a "civ" game? Not sure what other type they would be considered.
 
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Golux13 wrote:
Vinci. Lighter than Civ or Advanced Civ, but thematically similar and reminiscent. I especially like the civilization decline mechanic -- you extend your civilization as far as you can, then put it into decline and start a new one.


I disagree that Vinci is reminiscent of Civ or Advanced Civ, it is an empire building game not a civilization building game. In Vinci all you can do is manuver and fight to gain territory for VPs, there is no way to improve the civilization you choose to lead. I find Vinci to be a lighter and thematically similar version of Barbarian, Kingdom & Empire, not a civ game. That said, if the OP is looking for a light empire building game with lots of replayability then try Vinci, it is a great game.
 
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bartimus95 wrote:
Pocket civ looks cool but its only a solitaire game?


Only? That's a feature! It means you can play it anytime, anyplace, without having to talk anyone else into playing.

But FYI, it comes with a 2-player variant.

To tell the truth, I haven't played it yet myself. Just read some of the reviews and took a look at the rules.

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