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Era: Medieval Age

A decade after Roll Through the Ages, Matt Leacock’s spiritual successor to his breezy civ game is taking the action into the 3D streets of medieval cities. A new Era of roll-and-build is upon us…


2008 was the year of Matt Leacock. Although his influential Pandemic has reaped the lion’s share of attention and acclaim for kickstarting a new wave of co-op experiences, the designer’s other release that year, Roll Through the Ages, would turn out to be similarly prescient – eventually.

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age condensed the grand empire-building of games such as Civilization and Through the Ages – the card game from which it took its name – into a quick loop of rolling wooden dice, gathering resources on a peg board and developing a culture. With ticked boxes on paper sheets tracking players’ improvements and the construction of monuments, it was a roll-and-write in the tradition of Yahtzee but a decade before the recent flurry fuelled by the success of last year’s Welcome To…, Ganz Schön Clever and Railroad Ink, among others.

“It’s funny looking back seeing all those games and then remembering how much fun it was to do the original ten years ago. It was just kind of enjoyable for me to see them have their time,” Leacock says.

“I’m not sure what really led to their popularity in the last year. I don’t know if people were kind of looking for some kind of lighter fun or filler but, yeah, I don’t know, it got people’s attention. I don’t know if I was just early. It felt like the game got plenty of good attention back when it came out, but then people moved on to other things.”

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