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Year Published
2013
# of Players
1 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 players
(147 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
40 − 200 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Nations
Alternate Names
Wojna Narodów
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From the humble beginnings of civilization through the historical ages of progress, mankind has lived, fought and built together in nations. Great nations protect and provide for their own, while fighting and competing against both other nations and nature itself. Nations must provide food and stability as the population increases. They must build a productive economy. And all the while, they must amaze the world with their great achievements to build up their heritage as the greatest nations in the history of mankind!

Nations is an intense historical board game for 1-5 players that takes 40 minutes per player to play. Players control the fate of nations from their humble start in prehistoric times until the beginning of World War I. The nations constantly compete against each other and must balance immediate needs, long-term growth, threats, and opportunities.

Gameplay introduction

Players choose a Nation and a difficulty to play at, similar to the Civilization computer games series. After the growth phase 2 historical events are revealed, which the players will compete for during the round. Then players take a single small action each, in player order, as many times as they wish until all have passed. Actions are:

  • Buy a card
  • Deploy a worker
  • Hire an architect for a wonder
  • Special action provided by a card

Players each have individual boards that represent their Nation. There are many ways that players affect, compete and indirectly interact with other players. But there is no map, no units to move around, no direct attacks on other players.

When all have passed there is production, new player order is determined (every position is competed for), the historical events happen and if this is the last round of an age the books are scored. At the start of a new round most old cards are removed and new ones are put on the display.

Victory points are gained and lost during the game, and also awarded at the end of the game. The player with the most victory points is the winner.

See 'More information' below for link to rules etc.

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Contents

  • 344 cards
  • 240 chits
  • 107 wooden pieces
  • Rules, boards, player aids, solo material etc.

Resources

Microbadge

Awards

  • 2014: Winner Game of the Year (Jogo do Ano) Spiel Portugal (link)
  • 2014: Winner Game of the Year Board Game Quest (link)

Important information for first game
Even if you are a very experienced gamer you really should follow the recommendations in the rulebook for the first game. Play with the A-sides, basic cards and on King or Prince. If you play with the B-sides you will make the wrong choice in the selection process. If you play with all cards you will be frustrated and not understand even a small portion of your possibilities. If you play on Emperor difficulty your Nation will likely collapse. Try to produce at least 3 stone, 3 gold and 2 food at the end of the first round.

Above all, if you follow the recommendations your very first game will also be enjoyable and highly competitive. Enjoy the game!

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Polish first edition
Publisher: REBEL.pl
Artist: Paul Laane
Year: 2014
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Spanish First Edition
Publisher: Asmodee, Lautapelit.fi
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Year: 2014
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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English second edition
Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Ossi Hiekkala, Jere Kasanen, Paul Laane, Frida Lögdbergmore»
Year: 2014
Product Code: LPFI031
Size: 16.02 x 11.14 x 3.70 inches
5.03 pounds
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Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Ossi Hiekkala, Paul Laane, Frida Lögdberg
Year: 2013
Size: 16.20 x 11.30 x 3.80 inches
4.70 pounds
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Release Date: Oct 24, 2013
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Publisher: Asmodee
Artist: Ossi Hiekkala, Paul Laane, Frida Lögdberg
Year: 2013
Product Code: LPFI033
Size: 15.94 x 11.02 x 3.74 inches
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1 Nations Summary Vietnamese
Nations Summary Vietnamese http://www.facebook.com/EnjoyBoardgame
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2015-05-10
1 Nations Vietnamese
Nations Vietnamese I add watermark
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2015-05-09
6 Age V - Legacies & Luminaries
A small extension to add a modern age and some overarching goals. See here for discussion: [url]https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1350261/age-v-legacies-luminaries[/url]
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2015-04-07
19 Detailed Player Aid (including Solo Game)
New updated Letter A detailed rewrite of the player aid to include rules which I find difficult to remember
English
2015-03-30
4 Alpha release for Aztecs civ
First release of the 6th faction for Nations. Take as base board the Romans' board: the monastery replaces the quarry, the eagle warrior replaces the military unit, the market replaces the aqueduct, the second advisor is the specific civ-bonus, then 1 colony is replaced by another wonder slot. resources are like Romans', change 1 gold to 1 food. We would like to receive as much feedback as possible on this try, i also talked about this with one of the authors of the game.
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2015-01-02
5 Пправила игры
Игровед
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2014-11-11
11 Player Aid - Choice Assist
Depending on your experience as a boardgamer (and being aquinted with game-mechanics), but Nations is only a heavy game because there are a lot of factors to consider, each with their own set of rules. But just like most games, it all boils down to making Choices. The rule booklet is quite extensive, so i deviced a player aid to make it clear what there is to consider and why you want/need something. A sort of Follow-up on "You read the rules, now what?" to help you make those choices. I welcome any (constructive) comments/remarks/requests to make it a useful aid.
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2014-09-03
7 Nations.vmod
Vassal module for Nations. Base game only published with permission from publisher and designer. Thanks for their support. Future updates will be published to Vassal website. http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Nations
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2014-08-26
10 Tuckboxes for sleeved cards
Tuckboxes for each age plus separate boxes for event cards, advanced and expert cards.
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2014-06-29
24 Card design templates
Files for creating Nations cards, for the April 2014 contest. Book icon added, as well as red and black production icons for resources.
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