Era Kickstarter Promises 30 Minute Civilization Building Experience
August 4, 2014 - 6:12pm
A game of Advanced Civilization can take up to six hours to complete. Through the Ages: a Story of Civilization takes around four hours and a game of Nations is about two hours long. Steven Lykowski’s new game on Kickstarter, Era, promises a two player civilization-building card game that plays in only 30 minutes. It seems odd that a civilization game could be played in such a short time-frame considering that the hallmarks of the genre are intricate technology trees, drawn out wars of attrition, and the advancement through distinct ages. All of these characteristics of the genre rely on the idea that you build up your civilization over time. Era attempts to shorten the playtime by splitting one large game into 8 bite-sized vignettes of history. So instead of playing out the entire rise and fall of a civilization, you play through a single important event in history such as the French Revolution, the Crusades, or the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The game promises to have a lot of the attributes that you would expect from a longer civilization game. Each individual era is composed of a deck of 60 cards which can be played to increase military power, gain resources, and develop new technologies. Because each era only requires 60 cards, the game is highly expandable. Several extra scenarios such as World War I, and a Neanderthal focused expansion are featured as stretch goals. The funding period ends on Thursday, August 28. If funded, the game is expected to be released in July 2015. For more information, check out the Kickstarter page.