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Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame
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Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 120+ minutes 2-6

Manufacturer(s): Eagle Games

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Product Description

Finally, a boardgame version of the award-winning PC strategy game. Create a civilization to stand the test of time! The game begins in 4000 BC where the players found the first small city of a fledgling people.

Each player's civilization:

  • Explores the world around them, discovering resources and the native people that defend them.
  • Expands by sending settlers out to create new cities.
  • Researches new technologies to gain advantages over the other players.
  • Builds unique "Wonders of the World".
  • Increases the size of their cities (4 sizes from village to metropolis) to increase production.
  • Builds military units to defend what's theirs, and to conquer what's not.
  • Improves the land with roads, mines, & irrigation.

Will your civilization rise or fall? Play Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame and create history!

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Eagle Games

  • Artist(s): Paul Niemeyer

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 120 or more minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 3,660 grams


  • 3 sets of rules (basic, standard, and advanced)
  • 784 plastic miniature pieces
  • 46" x 36" gameboard
  • over 100 full color Technology and Wonders Cards

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.7 in 15 reviews

You get out what you put in...and more
June 04, 2004

It takes investment of time and energy to learn to play this game, and find others who are willing to put in that time and energy themselves, so it is not an obvious choice for a game...but people choose it.

Probably the strongest support for this game comes not from board-gamers but from original 'Civ' (computer game) fans, but that doesn't detract from the boardgame at all - the pleasure, tactics and strategy employed on your PC are even more effective and enjoyable on your dining table. You can actually laugh in the face of your enemy.

This game is enthralling, holds the interest of everyone I've known to play it, and many a time have we blinked and suddenly it's been 4:00am. If you put in the effort to give this game a try, you will become just as addicted as you were to the PC game - in my case more so. Go out and buy it, you only need one between 4 or 6 of you, and I heartily assure you, it's worth it.

by Chris
Buy it !! now !!
July 27, 2003

Simply the best boardgame for strategy lovers. Everything that Axis & Allies has, but, even better since you don't go through the same game over and over. Every game can be totally different in terms of where you start, what strategy can lead you to win, etc.

The best money I might ever have spent.

Great game (with a few modifications)
December 01, 2002

I have played this game 3 times now - all using the advanced game rules. We used the changes in the errata by Glenn Drover and cut the money for monopolies in half.

And it makes a wonderful game which more of the players was so eager to play again that once a week just seemed to little and wanted to skip work a day or two...

I think that the boardgame actually does a very good job capturing the spirit from the computer game. Of course - it's not possible to squeeze all the elements from the computer game into a boardgame, but it feels and looks like the real thing.

One thing in particularly I love about the game is that playing the right way, long time war doesn't benefit your civilization. Buying the right technologies and expanding your civilization by building new settlements or capturing a critical city from another player and then holding on to just that one is the key to victory. You will have to use your gold carefully to get those precious victory points. (Regular cities isn't worthless - they count as victory point and upgrading them later in the game give you a little more money + additionally critical victory points).

All in all I think this is a great game that I want to play as often as possible (It's a long game, so you better plan ahead). It's a great alternative to traditionally German games which often last a little to short to give the feeling of 'this is MINE - I build it, I want to see it flourish'. I definitly would recommend this game to others but note that they also should get the errata.

Last a tip: Get the technology sheet and the unit cards from Boardgamegeek. It helps keeping score of technologies and units a bit easier.

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