From the creators of the World of Warcraft and StarCraft board games comes Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game, the second board game inspired by the addictive turn-based strategy game.
Sid Meier borrowed concept for the original Civilization video game from an Avalon Hill board game of the same name, so it seems a no-brainer that the computer version get its own physical counterpart as well.
Eagle Games certainly thought so, publishing the first Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game in 2002. It was a nifty little game, with a simple rule set for basic play and an advanced set with more video game mechanics involved.
The new Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game, due out this spring from Fantasy Flight Games, has nothing to do with that version, and judging by the company's past works and the shot of the game layout above, I very much doubt there's anything simple about it.
Two to four players start the game with a city, a single scout, and an army figure. From there they will build an entire civilisation, advancing its technology, forging trade relations and waging war against their opponents.
I'm a big fan of Fantasy Flight, owning the World of Warcraft Board Game and several expansions. I've never played it, though I did spend several hours setting up the game once, only to run out of time. Hopefully Civilization is a bit easier to set up.
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Announcing Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Fantasy Flight Games - thanks diedan!]