Is this still happening?
On their front page, they still have this listed, so I assume it will be out (hopefully) this year. I just played HotW this weekend and still love it. If they can get a shorter version out that is just as fun, then consider me totally excited!
Ragnar Brothers' website wrote:
It's a game that spans 5000 years of human history and allows players to emulate the great leaders of long gone Empires, or not depending on how well you marshal your forces. Soon to be republished (2009) in a revised form as a ‘Brief History of the World’