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December Feature - Through the Ages

Join us for the next monthly event designed to play larger games we don’t get a chance to play often. This month’s Featured Game Meetup will occur on Sunday, December 8 from 11AM - 5PM at HobbyTown USA (3500 South College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525).

This month, we will be playing the civilization building game, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. Due to the highly complex nature of this game, we strongly recommend reading the rules and/or viewing some YouTube videos of the game in action. This game tends to run long, so rules will not be taught at the Meetup.

How does this event differ from Wednesdays and Saturdays? This is not an open gaming event.  We’ll schedule a specific game once a month and get the players we need to play. This monthly event will focus on games where playing time and/or table space is an issue.

RSVP Policy: RSVP’s are required for this event, due to the limited number of players allowable in each game. This month’s game will be limited to two tables of four players each. Please be aware that we have set aside six hours to play. If you feel that you will arrive late and/or need to leave early, please RSVP for a different event so that we can schedule a full table.

Game Description: Through the Ages is a civilization building game. Each player attempts to build the best civilization though careful resource management, discovering new technologies, electing the right leaders, building wonders and maintaining a strong military. Weakness in any area can be exploited by your opponents. The game takes place throughout the ages beginning in the age of antiquity and ending in the modern age.

One of the primary mechanism in TTA is card drafting. Technologies, wonders, and leaders come into play and become easier to draft the longer they are in play. In order to use a technology you will need enough science to discover it, enough food to create a population to man it and enough resources (ore) to build the building to use it. While balancing the resources needed to advance your technology you also need to build a military. Military is built in the same way as civilian buildings. Players that have a weak military will be preyed upon by other players. There is no map in the game you cannot lose territory but players with higher military will steal resources, science, kill leader, take population or culture. It is very difficult to win with a large military but it is very easy to lose because of a weak one.

Victory is achieved by the player whose nation has the most culture at the end of the modern age.

Before signing up, please check out the game on Boardgamegeek and see the Board to Death video review to determine if it is something you will enjoy. If you choose to attend, please prepare by reading the rules ahead of time. Complete rules will not be taught, but there will be time to cover questions for first-time players. Instead, we may get together in the week prior to the game to cover the rules in greater detail.

If you own a copy and would like to attend, let me know and we can add additional players for another table.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X1AxUX4dR4

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  • Todd

    A reminder to everyone scheduled to play on Sunday that Jim will be covering the rules for the game tomorrow evening at the Wild Boar event at 6PM.

    December 6, 2013

  • Todd

    Let us know if you would like a rules demonstration and we'll try to coordinate something in days prior to the game.

    November 16, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Duy, I hope you can attend the December 7th normal Saturday meetup. I can go through a walkthrough then that should help.

      November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. That would be great. I'll be there Sat.

      November 25, 2013

  • Patricia

    Sorry I can't make it to this one, instead I will be making body-forms with my sewing circle. Thanks for the invite, miss you all!

    November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn, that filled up quick! Your weekend gameday is getting popular real fast, Todd. I'll maybe come poking around to say hello and see if there's a no-show. Otherwise, y'all have fun!

    November 20, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Thank you for your interest. It's important for two reasons. One, we may have room if someone fails to show up. Two, I will see if someone has a third copy of the game so we possibly can have three games going at once.

      November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool, Jim, I appreciate that. I'll keep an eye on the email in case a slot opens, and I'll make a point of dropping by just as I alluded in my first post.

      November 20, 2013

  • Jim M.

    We will have two games for sure -- each game holds two to four players.

    November 18, 2013

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