The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of History of the World:
History of the World traces the rise and fall of empires from the dawn of civilization to the threshold of modern time. You'll lead a different empire in each of the game's seven epochs, from the ancient Sumerians to the Egyptians, Romans, Huns, Mongols, and Spanish Conquistadores. Each epoch represents a specific period in world history. You may find yourself commanding the Vikings, the Ming Dynasty, or the Holy Roman Empire. Each empire expands across the world, absorbing the lands, cities, and monumental wonders of those that came before. Seize as much of the world as possible during each reign, because on a stage this big, all glory is fleeting. A new power always rises from the rubble of the old.
Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of History of the World:
The History of the World board game pushes the boundaries of what is considered a "war game". While most of us immediately think of Risk or Axis and Allies, History of the World is even more ambitious by simulating the entire arc of human civilisation through the millennia.
Because other war games can become extremely adversarial and involve hours-long animosity between friends, some people choose not to play them. History of the World side steps this problem by being played over 7 "epochs", between which the players are assigned new civilisations. That means players move around the board and enemies in one epoch may find themselves allies in the next.
Game play is relatively simple and won't burden your gaming group with hours of rules of explanations and digging through the rule book. We at Rainy Day Games find that History of the World is suitable for families or groups including first-timers or non-gamers, as long as you don't mind the time. With 6 players, we find that game time can crawl closer to 4 hours rather than 3. Because six player games can take a while, we recommend History of the World for a games evening or afternoon.
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