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Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

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Through the Ages is a civilization building game. The goal is to develop your civilization, not to destroy other ones. Military strength is just one aspect of your nation, as well as population, production or science. It is up to you which aspect you will concentrate on, more or less, but you should not underestimate any of them while building your civilization.

Victory is achieved by the player whose nation produces the most culture during the game. However, there are many ways to produce culture: through religion, literature or drama, by building wonders, by utilizing cultural persons etc. Considerable amount of culture can be gained even via wars or aggression.

Printing Errors

The description of each version now lists the printing errors. The Fred English 1st printing description also has the list of what was in the Fix Pack. If you discover a printing error that isn't listed in the version description, please update that description.


Originally announced as "Civilization: the card game" for Essen 2006, this game stirred up quite some interest. The designer publisher has intended this game to be a "CIV-lite". It has development, economics, war, and all the other elements you'll find in a civilization game, but in four hours' play time.

Download the Rules

English: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/55064/through-the-ages-english-rulebook
German: https://www.pegasusshop.de/spielregeln/4250231751752.pdf
Spanish: BGG Files
Polish: www.rebel.pl
Czech: www.czechgames.com

Online Play

BGG Guild for setting up Online Play


2007: International Gamers Award
2010: Gra Roku
2010: Juego del Año Tico



Contents (2008 & 2009 Edition)

  • 1 Gameboard
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 275 Wooden Counters:
    • 120 Yellow
    • 90 Blue
    • 35 White
    • 30 Red
  • 40 Player Cubes (10 × 4 Colors)
  • 4 Player Mats
  • 4 Reference Cards
  • 341 Cards:
    • 185 Civil
    • 155 Military
    • 1 Start Player

Learn rules via mp3
How To Play Podcast: Episode 29 - Through the Ages part 1 - 1h 19min
How To Play Podcast: Episode 29 - Through the Ages part 2 - 1h 10min

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