Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - Stone Age (2008)

A game that we break out from time to time is Stone Age (2008).  The same guy in our group usually wins, because he plays it like a fiend on his tablet, but we still find it fun somehow so that is saying something.  Although one among us has the expansion tucked away somewhere, we have yet to include that in the mix.

The description from Board Game Geek is as follows:
The "Stone Age" times were hard indeed. In their roles as hunters, collectors, farmers, and tool makers, our ancestors worked with their legs and backs straining against wooden plows in the stony earth. Of course, progress did not stop with the wooden plow. People always searched for better tools and more productive plants to make their work more effective.
In Stone Age, the players live in this time, just as our ancestors did. They collect wood, break stone and wash their gold from the river. They trade freely, expand their village and so achieve new levels of civilization. With a balance of luck and planning, the players compete for food in this pre-historic time.
Players use up to ten tribe members each in three phases. In the first phase, players place their men in regions of the board that they think will benefit them, including the hunt, the trading center, or the quarry. In the second phase, the starting player activates each of his staffed areas in whatever sequence he chooses, followed in turn by the other players. In the third phase, players must have enough food available to feed their populations, or they face losing resources or points.

I think we'll continue to play this game but maybe next time the expansion needs to be added just to see if we can keep the guy who laps us (most of us get around 150 VP while he gets over a deuce).  He does tend to focus on getting a set, though most of the rest of us do too, but he is also big on the "1-7, any one resource" buildings and doesn't seem to waste much time on tool collecting.

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