The First War
Discover the world, develop your technology and build your empire
The First War is an empire-building game for 2 players using discovered terrain, four types of pieces and a technology tree.
IMPORTANT: This game does not ship with rules. Instead, please print out the six pages of Living Rules and the two pages of Population Track that are available here as free downloads.
This game employs board discovery and significant technological developments to make every turn a different problem to figure out. The player who can best read and forecast the trends and find the best efficiencies will triumph.
One of the main ideas is to explore the feasibility of combat without dice or any other random factor (such as cards). So if the dice hate you, this is your game! Instead, players must contend with the vicissitudes of board discovery, position and changes to the basic rules (via technology) as the game goes on.
The four types of units:
Hunters – your attackers!
Farmers – excellent defenders who also grow food
Healers – restoring the sick and wounded
Artificers – researching new technologies
The five types of terrain on the 96 hexagonal tiles:
Fields – best for farming
Forest and Plains – best for hunting
Mountains – contain minerals useful for technology
Lake – an obstacle, at least at the beginning
Playing the game:
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Published January 22, 2017
NOTE: This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.