Has anyone here played the game 7 Ages? It has been around quite a while, and I recently saw it described as a Sweep game. I've not seen it, though by description it certainly qualifies. But it seems to have enormous size and detail, exactly the kind of thing I try to avoid because playing such games becomes more a trial of endurance and memory than a game.

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The Kickstarter for my tabletop game "Sea Kings" is now open on Kickstarter:


This is not quite a Sweep of History game, though effectively it covers the three centuries of Viking activity.  It's avatar-based (you're a Viking trying to build up enough Land, Wealth, and Fame to go back to Scandinavia and make yourself a king, hence "Sea Kings").  Sweep games are institutionally-based, usually nations/empires.  

Nor is it a simulation.  This is a simple hybrid game (between wargame and peaceful game), not a wargame.  It's a short game (depends on # of players but pretty much 45 minutes) accommodating a wide range of players (at least 7).  So of course, it's a filler game.  I was finally convinced of its value during playtesting when we set out, at the university game club one day, to play Sea Kings (the "Rogue Viking" version) while waiting for other people to turn up so that we could play two of my longer wargames and semi-wargames (where I prefer 4 or 5 per game).  When the meeting ended (less than 4 hours) they had played a 7, 6, 6, 5, and 5 player games (no, I didn't play, almost never do), including participation in all five games by one fellow's girlfriend who doesn't play the wargames.  Sea Kings uses an avatar, which suits people who don't want to figure out the movement of lots of pieces at one time.

Anytime people play a natural filler game again and again, there's something in it.

Worthington Publications is running a first-class KS.  The video provides the context for the game as well as details, another video teaches you the game in a couple minutes (it's quite a simple game), and the rules with art and layout are a click away.

You might like to know what's happening with the new editions of Britannia. I hope to restart on Epic soon and write the advanced rules (intro rules already posted).  Conquer has been played a few times in the past 11 months, not many.  Balance is a pain, especially of a smaller game.  But I've had so many other things going on (still on track to have five non-Brit games published next year), and online classes, that Brit has taken a back seat.  And sometimes letting a game "lie fallow" helps.

Sea Kings
Sea Kings

Worthington Publishing have "bought" my sweep game Eurasia, which will probably be renamed to something like Surging Empires: from Caesar to Ghenghis Khan.  It's a rise-and-fall-of-empires game, reminiscent of History of the World and Vinci, not Britannia-like, for 2-6 players.

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In '05-'06 I edited three issues of "Sweep of History Games Magazine".  Go to http://pulsiphergames.com/sweepofhistory/index.htm to find PDF copies.

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There's no place on the Web where fans of sweep of history games - Britannia and others like it, History of the World and others like it, Civilization and others like it - can share their interest.  So I've created this community.
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