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New Meetup: Civilization games! (strategy-economic)

From: Joseph
Sent on: Monday, September 6, 2010 8:10 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Riverdale Gaming Conclave (by College Park)!

What: Civilization games! (strategy-economic)

When: Saturday, November 6,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Joe's House
5609 Silk Tree Dr
Riverdale, MD 20737

Build your ultimate civilization!

In order to make sure we have a critical mass, we'll schedule two related games in order to make sure we have enough players to play at least one of them. Both are deep strategy games as opposed to light fast games.

#1) Advanced Civilization

This is the classic game of civilization building that inspired the computer game Civilization. It's been on the list of top games for 29 years and is still going strong (currently #57 on the boardgamegeek list). It's out of print solely due to idiot copyright struggles over the title with the makers of the computer game. It's hard to find a copy of this game so this is a rare opportunity to try it out. It doesn't play like the computer game or really anything out on the market. Basically each player is in control of a civilization that carves out a niche around the Mediterranean. While there is some combat, it's mostly a matter of strategically moving your growing number of pieces around to grab and keep some space. This is not a wargame. Instead the goal is to build cities, obtain trade cards, have frenetic trade sessions with the other players to corner the market on some commodity, and then trade them in for tech advances that help protect you against the waves of disasters that continually threaten to pummel you back into the stone age. At the end the player with the most points wins. This is a fairly long game so plan on playing till about 7pm (we'll order out) and definitely don't sign up if you can't stay till the end. Be sure to sign up quickly so you don't miss this rare opportunity to play one of the best games ever designed!

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#2) Sid Meier's Civilization

This is based on the Civilization computer game that ended up winning the copyright battles. They then made their own boardgame based on the computer game. Just as Advanced Civilization is the classic economic boardgame, Sid Meier's Civilization is the classic economic computer game (this is the one computer game I play again and again). While it is a little more fighting oriented, it too is mostly an economic grow and research game. Start with a stone age village, explore and and build up your corner of the world into a splendid civilization. We'll be using some suggested rule adjustments that folks say make it even better. If you enjoyed the computer game, here is a chance to play it socially!

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