Game: Stone Age
Year: 2008Me Ug! Ug make axe! Axe can be used for many thing! Use Axe to hit mammoth, turn mammoth into meat! Use Axe to hit tree, turn tree into wood! Use axe to hit Dug-ug, no-one likes Dug-ug! Buy Axe now, or Ug hit you with Axe! Ug also make luck cube, buy that too, or Ug hit you with Axe more!
Stone Age is a 2-4 player worker placement game in which you take control of a tribe of stone age humans trying to survive and advance their tribes to become the strongest and smartest around. You’ll have to forage for food, chop trees, mine resources, develop a farm, invent tools and, of course, breed your way to victory. Like many other worker placements a key part of Stone Age is ensuring that your people don’t starve to death, though fortunately if you run out of food you can always nibble on bars of solid gold, or other resources, to maintain yourself.
You start the game with 5 workers and a variety of tasks ahead of you. There are 3 special locations which only 1 player can use in a round; Farming, which increases the amount of people you can feed without needing food, Breeding which gives you more workers and you usually want to carefully balance with farming and the fact that it uses 2 of your workers to do it in the first place (ask your parents why) and inventing tools, these let you add numbers to your dice rolls and thereby negate the amount of luck you’re exposed to. You can also build huts for instant victory points, there’s one stack of huts for each player in the game and if any of the stacks runs out the game ends. You can also buy technology cards which give end game scoring, either based on set collection or based on other factors such as the number of tools you have or your tribe size. Both huts and technologies require resources to buy, so you’ll need to do a lot of gathering.
|The game set up ready for a 2-player game. The resource points are around the top and right of the map, while huts and technologies are along the bottom.|
Stone age is a game with a lovely selection of components, all of the resources (bar food) come in little shaped and coloured wooden tokens, the food has different art depending on how large it is, representing meant, fruit, fish and mushrooms. The board itself is pretty with lots of little details and it even comes with a leather dice cup to facilitate all of the rolling you will do. In short there’s no complaining about the quality of this game, just about the fact that “that’s the third time I’ve rolled triple 1 on stone, do you know the odds of that? I swear if I roll 1 more 1 in this game then I’m buying a lottery ticket because the fates owe me something!”