Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game board game
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game board game

Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game

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Before you lies a vast bounty of land, ripe for the plucking. Your meager beginnings will influence the paths you must take. Lead your people well and they will take you to infinite heights of greatness. If civilization manages to endure the ages, your name will hang in every whisper of its legacy...


Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the upcoming release of Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game! Forge an empire to stand the test of time using innovative game mechanics with multiple paths to victory.


Will you lead the greatest army in the world to conquer your foes? Or will you be the first to journey to the stars, becoming the most technologically advanced civilization known to man? The choice is yours.


Designed by Kevin Wilson, Civilization: The Board Game is inspired by the legendary video game series created by Sid Meier. Players are tasked with guiding an entire civilization throughout the ages, taking ownership of your people’s technology, economy, culture, and military, as well as all the choices that go along with them. There are four different paths to victory, and each is riddled with opposition.


In Civilization: The Board Game, 2-4 players take on the roles of famous leaders in charge of historical civilizations, each with their own abilities. Players will be able to explore a module game board, build cities and buildings, fight battles, research powerful technology, and attract great people by advancing their culture. No matter what your play style is, there is a civilization for you!


Fans of Sid Meier’s classic video game franchise will find familiar footing in Civilization: The Board Game. Staying true to the foundations of its video game predecessor while creating a new and unique way to play, Civilization: The Board Game captures the spirit and grandeur of carving out a magnificent empire from modest beginnings.


Players start off with a single city, one army figure, and one scout, and from these meager origins you must forge through the ages and become the greatest civilization in the world.


Those unfamiliar with the video game series will find Civilization: The Board Game a great way to enter into the world of Civilization. The strategy and tactical decisions involved in Civilization: The Board Game will appeal to strategy gamers and war gamers alike, and the ability to win through culture and technological advancement will give those who only wish to focus on their own empire a chance at victory as well.



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  • Really awesome with a wide spectrum of choices to be made
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    Brings back memories and does resemble the computer version of it. While I enjoyed both plays, I don't really get that feeling that yes, buy me, play me. Not sure what, but for some reason not really for me. (Note: Through the Ages still somehow brings the old PC game feel back, while it is much more abstracted and without a map).
  • The tech works, and the powers and victory conditions seem relatively balanced. That is no mean feat. That and the reasonable playtime (~3 hours) amounts to a significant accomplishment. That said, though, the start player advantage on some turns is stupidly advantageous. As in, it is far too likely to determine the game's outcome. It is also the case that the game, for me, suffers from its immediate competitors--namely Antike and Through the Ages. Sure it's got a map (unlike TtA), but q.v. the turn order problems above, and it also introduces all the standard problems of multiplayer conflict games. In addition, the random map setup can hose players in terms of founding their crucial second city. So I'd rather take TtA for engine-building Civ goodness, and Antike for light Civ goodness with map-based conflict. All in all, a near miss, but largely due to my own personal preferences.
  • 2-5 Best with 3/4

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Yup.  My two best examples are getting #Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game with both expansions for $20 and I traded #Love Letter: Premium for #Keyflower.  

The person wanted something lighter and I was happier with regular love letter so it worked out!

I don't think I've played any board games based on video games, but there are a few I've heard of:

Last week managed to play Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game on the weekend then  Sidereal Confluence and Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia during our weeknight session. 

Played two games this week. 

The first was a 6 hour game of Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game.  I managed to eek out a science win as France against a hard driving cultural India.   The game didn't have a lot of combat.  Likely because we had a lot in our last (first ever) game so we were trying out different strategies this time.  We're looking for a possible 5 player game near the end of July!

We also played a game of Museum.  We got a couple of rules wrong initially but it was a first game for all of us.  By the end things were rolling smoothly.  I definitely could see myself enjoying the game.  We'll have to play it again with the proper rules from the beginning so I can get the full feel.  The highlights for me area the positioning of the exhibits and figuring out the best way to maximize your points on your board while looking for the pieces you need on the main board that will really make your points soar.


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