through the ages review

Through the Ages Board Game Review


Name of game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

BGG Weight: 4.18 / 5

Year Published: 2006

Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Designer: Vlaada Chvátil

Number of players: 2-4

Playing time: 120-240 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Civilization building, card game

Board Game Mechanics: Action Points, Auction/Bidding, Auction: Dutch, Hand Management, Open Drafting



Strategy: 10

Complexity: 8.5

Player Interaction: 7.5

Replayability: 9

Game Rating: 9

Cost: 6



Weight Rating = (8.5 + 10) = 18.5

Playability rating = [(9 + 7.5 + 9) – 8.5] = 17

Play Rating score = (18.5 + 17) x 2 = 71

Value Rating = 71 / 6 = 11.83


Final Score Rating = 71 + 11.83 = 82.83



Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is a complex civilization-building card game where players lead their own civilizations through history, from ancient times to the modern era. Players must manage their resources, build their military, construct buildings, and discover new technologies in order to become the most dominant civilization in the world. The game offers a deep level of strategy and decision-making as players must carefully balance their choices and manage their cards in hand. The artwork is beautiful, and the gameplay is engaging and immersive. Through the Ages also offers a solo variant for those who prefer to play alone.


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  8. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game – A strategy game based on the popular book and TV series where players vie for control of the Seven Kingdoms.
  9. Dominant Species – A strategy game where players lead different animal species in a fight for survival and dominance.
  10. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition – A massive space-themed strategy game where players compete to become the dominant civilization in the galaxy.

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