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A 30 minute empire-building card game for 2-4 players. Choose from 4 exciting eras in history. Only $24!
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ERA is a brand new strategic card game for 2-4 players that introduces a whole new way to experience historical conflict. Players will choose 1 of 4 historical eras, with each era consisting of a deck of 60 cards. The first player to lead their Era to 15 progress points or deal 3 devastation cards to their opponent, wins!

Will you plunder gold from the Aztecs with your Spanish Conquistadors, invent the light bulb with Edison and Tesla, or destroy the British army with George Washington? Each deck is loaded with dozens of personalities, events, units, and technology that made that period of history unforgettable. 

ERA is a big civilization game in a tiny package--play through your favorite periods of history in less than 30 minutes!

Era is a no-text, symbols-only game system that allows for quick and effective game play. The symbols in the game represent key variables throughout history that have shaped civilization time and time again. These 8 key symbols give you everything you need to develop your resource engine, manage threats, field new cards, and climb your tech tree!


Era's symbol-only system translates into streamlined and elegant gameplay!

In ERA, there’s no time travel, so you won’t be confronting your opponent directly. Instead, each era deck comes with red-bordered conflict cards that represent the actual negative events your era faced, such as disease, invaders, or riots. 

At the beginning of the game, your era’s conflict cards are given to your opponent, and they give you theirs. These cards are then shuffled into your decks for you to play against each other!

Every deck in ERA tells an unforgettable story of survival, courage, or innovation.  Choose any 1 of these 4 exciting eras in the base game--from favorites like the Egyptian Empire, to the Space Race--to lead your era to victory!

In most card games, a player has 1 pile of cards they are drawing from each turn, but in Era you will be managing 3--your build pile, conflict pile, and play pile!

Cards committed to your build pile help you pay for the cards in your hand. Cards committed to your conflict pile help you win conflicts, and the cards you committed to your play pile you can flip over, look at, and play that turn.  

There's no limit to the variations you can use with this system!  

Click HERE for Print and Play Files and Rulebook

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Undead Viking Reviews ERA!:

  • "THIS IS A REALLY AWESOME GAME !"
  • "THE MECHANICS ARE SLICK AND I LOVE THE THEME."
  • "I JUST DUG THE WHOLE IDEA."
  • "EACH OF THE DECKS HAS ITS OWN FEEL AND STRATEGY. THE GAME IS A LOT OF FUN...ALWAYS CHANGING, ALWAYS DIFFERENT."
  • "EVERYONE SAYS THEIR GAME HAS LIMITLESS REPLAYABILITY...BUT I CAN SEE THIS GAME ACTUALLY HAVING TONS OF IT!"
  •  [THE GAME] POSED IMPORTANT DECISIONS EACH AND EVERY TIME." 
  • "A REAL PLEASANT SURPRISE."
  • "IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A REALLY COOL, HEAD-TO-HEAD GAME WITH A TOTALLY NEW THEME I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, I URGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THIS GAME. I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY THE HECK OUT OF IT."

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A Note from the Designer

 Our Company -- World Within

World Within is dedicated to bringing you medium-weight strategy games that ignite your imagination and transport you to an exciting world or time. Our games blend the thematic strengths of domestic games with the elegance and control of European games.

The lamppost in our logo represents an invitation to cross the boundary of everyday reality into unexplored lands and opportunities. What lies beyond the lamppost of your imagination?

Open our games...and explore the world within!

Risks and challenges

I am so pleased and excited to announce that ERA will be World Within’s first published game. I am so proud of the team that put together this product for you, and believe that our continued hard work, preparation, sense of urgency, and commitment to constant communication with our supporters will make this game—and many more in the future—a true success!

I understood far before launching this Kickstarter that the role of a game publisher is not an easy one and involves many unforeseen challenges. We have already poured a massive amount of investment into the campaign you see here, and we are determined and excited to continue this drive for excellence until this game arrives at your doorstep.

To ensure that ERA is delivered to you with high quality standards and in a timely manner, I have prepared our team for the likely challenges our company will face in each step of publication—from pre-press preparation, proofing, actual manufacturing, overseas shipping, distribution, and customer service. I have made every effort to network with other start-up publishers in the last year or so to see how we can thrive in each of these steps rather than sink into easy pitfalls.

I am scheduling all the art, graphic design, and layout files to be complete within 5-6 months, leaving an additional 6 months for manufacturing and delivery. During this time, additional playtesting will be ran to further ensure every component and mechanic in the game is 100% balanced and contributes to an exciting, highly replayable game. When all is said and done, I am confident that ERA will be a game that you’ll be proud to have on your shelves and will look as good as any of the games made by the industry’s best manufacturers.

This time is an exciting one for our company and I hope you will cheer us on to the finish line as we bring a truly unique and exciting game to your gaming table!

Sincerely,

The World Within Team

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