Stone Age is a game that I have had my eye on for a while. I had come across it on Board Game Geek while browsing for games, and having played and enjoyed Agricola I was checking it out. Somehow this was suggested as a similar, but easier introduction, to worker placement games. My wife and I had the opportunity a couple of months ago to play it at a board game café on a date night, and I really enjoyed it. This led to a purchase a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't until this weekend that we had a chance to play it.
Stone Age is a worker placement game where you represent your tribe, and try to score the most points. Your workers are used to improve your tools and agricultural abilities, grow your tribe, gather resources, collect Civilization cards (end-game scoring mechanics with some immediate benefits) and build buildings (in-game scoring). At the end of each round you need to make sure that you have enough food to feed your tribe, from agriculture or hunting. The resource gathering is based on dice rolling, where you roll a die for each tribe member you placed at that location and divide by a factor (two through six) depending on the value of the resource. The buildings and civilization cards are based on using certain numbers of any resources, or in some cases specific resources.
|Board roughly mid-game|
My wife and I played a couple of games over the weekend, and I also played a game with my friend. So far my experience has been good; there are enough options available to require some choice, without being too complicated. In the two-player version there are some limitations placed on specific locations being used, and for each resource only one player may gain it each turn. This led to times where my plan got "blocked" and even a few times where I took a resource just so my opponent couldn't. I am looking forward to trying a game with 3 or 4 players where the locations are less limited.
|My "artistic" attempt, same time during the game|
|Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small|