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The First War

Discover the world, develop your technology and build your civilization

A civilization-building game for 2 players using

  • Discovered terrain
  • 4 types of pieces
  • Technology tree

This game employs board discovery and technological development to make every turn a different problem to figure out. The player who can best read and forecast the trends and future potentials to find the best efficiencies will triumph.

Unlike most war games that use output randomness, utilizes input randomness to resolve matters such as combat. Thus, combat without dice or any other random factor (such as cards). Instead, you contend with the vicissitudes of board discovery, position and changes to the basic rules (via technology) as the game goes on, the rain point being that randomness of the draw sets you up in your situation and then it is your challenge to move and fight to make the most of it.

So if the dice hate you, this is your game!

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


This pieces for this game are sold separately. You have two options for this (for pricing, see below):

There is also more compact version: The First War Mini. It has a smaller map, uses fewer cards and pieces and less time, but is otherwise the same.

Note: This game does not ship with a box or 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.

Find video introduction, review and playthrough below.

If you play, send in your results and we'll track them on the The First War Leader Board!


If you like games of civilization, check also Ancient Colonies, the game of Ancient colonization.


Introductory video:

Playing the game:

Published January 22, 2017

What This Is:

This is not a mass-produced game, but printed-on-demand . We have uploaded the artwork, rules and specifications, but The Game Crafter makes it only when you order it. Learn more.


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Why buy this?

There are a lot of nice mechanisms in this game... You're faced with tough decisions... The Combat system - I really like it... There's room for strategic thinking... Components are very nice.

  • Discover a different world each time you play
  • Work with a different technology tree each time you play
  • Short, simple rules, but challenging decisionmaking




Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date January 22, 2017
Edition First
Department Wargames
Genre War
Theme Civilization
Setting Prehistoric
Audience Hardcore Gamer
Primary Mechanic Map Building
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More Info The First War web site


  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game does not come in a box.
  • 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.


See It In Action

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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork


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