The game is set in Europe. Each player is provided with a pool of wooden tokens to represent their civilizations. Each player selects a combination of civilization tiles, which give his civilization special abilities or characteristics. Players enlarge their empires through territorial expansion, often at the expense of other players. The key to the game lies in choosing when to allow your active civilization to go into decline in order to select a new one that will generate more points. Play continues with the cycling of civilizations until a certain score is reached, whereupon final rounds are played and a victor is determined.