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Fight rampaging titans and build a powerful civilization in an ancient, mythological world.
Fight rampaging titans and build a powerful civilization in an ancient, mythological world.
918 backers pledged $49,024 to help bring this project to life.

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In an ancient world forgotten by time, enormous titans terrorize the land. The five tribes have been fleeing from the titans for centuries, but things are about to change. Growing kingdoms pledge to end the reign of terror, determined to take on the titans and make the world a safer place for all. Each kingdom competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, who are now leaving behind old traditions with the hope that the titans can be defeated once and for all.

In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential kingdom by managing citizens, treasury, military and defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans.  Players also purchase Empire cards to add strength and abilities to their kingdom.

A kingdom's influence in the world is measured by sets of tribe banners that it owns. Each Empire card has one or more tribe banners. Tribe banners can also be gained by defeating titans. Players gain victory points for sets of tribe banners.

After six rounds, the player with the most victory points from sets of tribe banners wins.

The Ancient World is...

  • for 2 to 4 players
  • 90 minutes
  • for ages 13+

What are people saying about The Ancient World?

"The Ancient World is yet another highly addictive worker placement game that Ryan Laukat has engineered, complete with beautiful artwork that encompasses the spirit of the game."      -Erik Isch

Read this review on boardgamegeek.com.

Extensively Tested

The Ancient World has undergone extensive playtesting.  If you'd like a glimpse into the process, hundreds of forum posts discussing game balance and changes can be seen here and here.  A big thanks to all of our playtesters.

The Designer

Ryan Laukat has designed and illustrated Eight-Minute Empire, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, City of Iron, and Empires of the Void. The Ancient World is his fifth design.

The Rulebook

You can download the prototype rulebook here.  Many things have changed since this rulebook was written.  Most notably, now there is a board.  We will upload an updated rulebook soon.  You can read a list of some of the changes here.

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What is included?

Each reward level includes a copy of the game and 2 promo cards.  Each copy of the game includes:

-box (11.7x11.7x2.8 inches)

-160 cards

-large board

-4 player boards

-coin tokens

-knowledge tokens

-1 die

-citizen tokens (5 for each player)

-16 page rulebook

Retail Version

The suggested MSRP for this game will be $54.99.

Changing Backer Levels

For this project we are unable to change or accept alterations to the backer level rewards.

Shipping

International Shipping: As per Customs law, we cannot label the game as a gift for shipping.

Risks and challenges

This is my sixth Kickstarter project, and with each project, I could not have printed and produced them without the support of Kickstarter backers. The Ancient World has been tested and tweaked to get the balance right. Much of the art is finished and the game is ready, but it won't see the light of day without the funds needed to see that the game is printed.

There are many other challenges to making sure this project is successful. Because of occasional unforeseen events, it is common for board game production to be delayed. I've done all I can to ensure that this game will be delivered on time if funded. Of course, delays can happen, but most of my projects were delivered around one month early.

Another challenge is making sure that all the files and rules are correct when sent to the printer. I've done the graphic design and artwork for many games. My experience helps me ensure a smooth pre-production process.

With your help, we can have the funds to print the game, overcome the various obstacles that are in the way, and make sure you are delivered a quality product.

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