mega-civilization

Mega Civilization Is Crazy Stupid Big And Looks Like Tons Of Fun

Mega Civilization is a game that will take you and 17 of your closest friends through a whole weekend of negotiation, exploration and conquest

I don’t think I have 17 friends. How’s that for honesty? If I did have that many friends, I’d totally be getting them to come over for a round of Mega Civilization. When I say, “Come over” I think what I really mean is, “Come to the conference hall I’ve rented for the weekend because there is no way in hell I’m going to fit that many people in my shoe box of an apartment”. Just as a point of reference, here’s some dude lying down next to this mammoth of a game board.

So, either that dude’s a Hobbit, or we’re looking at a really, REALLY  long play board. Once you’ve tamed your sense of awe at the spectacle of such a ponderous game, we now turn our attention to mechanics. Mega Civilization is a game for up to 18 players and is slated to take about 12 hours. I like to think of this as a weekender, cottage style game; putting time constraints on this baby would take away from the core of it.

I wish I could say I’ve actually played this game but I haven’t. What I do know from reading the rules and from reviews is that, as the name implies, it’s all about building up you civilizations. Game play starts in the era just after the last ice age and takes you through to the end of the Iron Age, roughly 8,000 years. That’s right, it takes 12 hours of grinding game play to cross 8,000 years of human evolution. Players are vying for victory points or VP’s and these are obtained through a variety of methods. 999 Games, who published MC in December of 2015 put the game objective like this,

” the objective of play is to gain a level of overall advancement involving cultural, economic, scientific, political, civic, and religious factors.”

Warfare is pretty much non existent in this game, for better or for worse. I suppose adding annihilation through combat would just turn it into Risk on steroids so I’m totally cool with not beating up on my buddies. Also, imagine being the first person to be put out? Holy shit, that would suck the ballz! Anyway, at the end of the game, assuming everyone hasn’t died of old age, the winner is declared by adding up everyone’s VC’s. It’s a nice, clean way to find a winner.

If you’re looking to buy this game, be prepared to crack the piggy bank open. At 200 bucks, MC’s cost is just like every other element of the game, big and juicy. Anyway, if I ever do get a chance to play this game, I’ll be sure to write a more personalized review. At this point, suffice to say, I think it looks like a blast.