Mega civilization is a game of skill for 5 to 18 players covering the historical development of ancient civilizations from just after the last ice age, to the Dawn of the new era at the end of the Iron age - a time span of almost 8,000 years. A game of Mega civilization can take 10-12 hours to complete. Although battles and territorial strategy are important, Mega civilization is not a wargame as you might expect when looking at the map-board. Instead, the objective of play is to gain a level of overall advancement involving cultural, economic, scientific, political, civic and religious factors. The player who most effectively balances these various goals will achieve the best scores and win the game. The objective of Mega civilization is to acquire the highest number of victory points by building cities and developing civilization advances. This will be done over various phases and turns, some of which will be performed simultaneously by the players. Each civilization begins with a single population token and every turn each player increases his population by adding tokens to each area he occupies. Contents: 4 map-boards, 2074 tokens (for 18 civilizations), 18 player mats, 1 double sided a.S.T. (Archaeological succession table), 1 census track, 840 small cards, 729 large cards, 10 double-sided player aids, 1 rulebook, 1 “the first game” scenario booklet, 12 trade cards holders & 1 Certificate of authenticity.