7 Ages Collector's edition Development Posted on 1 Jan 11:57 , 7 comments

Happy new year! I hope you are enjoying the festive season and 2022 is our best ever. As part of this new year wish, we are on course for releasing 7 Ages: the collector's edition at Spiel 2022 in October this year.

To make it the best ever, we are now playtesting the Collector's edition of this deep dive into history and I'm interested in your views as to how we can improve the game before we send it off to release.

7 Ages is a game covering 6000 years of human history from 4000 bce to today. Up to 7 players lead up to 21 dynasties that decide the fate of the world across the ages.

 To begin, please feel free to download the draft (PDF) 7 Ages: the Collector's edition Rules & Players' Guide (3 Jan 2022).

Please note that the most recent version of the 7 Ages Rules & Players' Guide will be uploaded to the downloads section of our site as they are updated.

There are 3 new options (Neutral Kingdoms, Secret Victory and Deus Vult!) that requires some of the 7 Ages expansions to be played (specifically the Kingdoms, Victory and Religions expansions) but the rest of the rules work with both the original 7 Ages game as well as the Collector's edition. As these rules now include all the errata, streamlines and clarifies the rules, and adds many fun new twists, we recommend you use it in your next 7 Ages game, whatever the edition.

After checking out the latest rules, please feel free to provide your feedback in the comments section below on any potential problems, more new ideas and ways we can further improve the rules.

If you are interested in playtesting, please email me at ausdesigngroup@bigpond.com with areas you think we should improve.

We have an Alpha Vassal module of the draft 7 Ages collector's edition game available for playtesting with all the latest maps, cards and counters so we can playtest this amazing global game across the globe.

Update 7 January 2022: While you are perusing the rules, a couple of questions to muse on, both concerning new artefacts.

1) This should be fairly straightforward, should Social Media be a green or red artefact?

2) Environmental Sustainability is slightly trickier. While the person who plays environmental sustainability gets a green artefact, glory for placement, and glory each production action, is that enough for someone to play it considering the halving in economy? Should everyone lose the game if Environmental Sustainability is not in play at game's end?

I can see both sides of both issues. Based on the image, my slight preferences might be apparent on at least one of these issues but what do you think? For each issue, which is the more historical? Which is the more fun? If they conflict, which wins? For your consideration.


7 Ages: the Collector's edition Ratings
Players: 2 - 5 (Classic), 2 - 7 (Deluxe)
Ages: 12+
Time to play: 77+ minutes (variable, determined by number of players and starting and ending age)
Complexity: Moderate

7 Ages: the Collector's edition Components list

7 Ages the Collector’s edition, comes in a variety of games and expansions.

7 Ages Collector’s edition Classic game consists of:

  • 2 x A1 (594 x 840mm) full colour hard-mounted maps of the world;
  • 7 full-colour countersheets (15 empires and markers comprising 640 x 5/8" (16mm) and 400 x 1/2" (13 mm) counters, CS 1-7);
  • 110 full colour civilisation cards; and
  • Rules & Players’ Guide (you’re reading it).

7 Ages Collector’s edition Expansion set consists of:

  • 7 Ages Ancients & Kingdoms expansion (11 civilisation cards and 128 x 5/8” Kingdom & common units, & Cadence markers, CS 8)
  • 7 Ages Medieval expansion (3 empires, 11 civilisation cards and 128 x 5/8” empire units, CS 9);
  • 7 Ages Modern expansion (3 empires, 11 civilisation cards, and 128 x 5/8” empire units, CS 10);
  • 7 Ages Religions expansion (11 civilisation cards and 200 x ½” religious markers, CS 11); and
  • 7 Ages Trade & Victory expansion (11 civilisation cards, 7 cloth bags & 200 x ½” glory markers, CS 12).

7 Ages Collector’s edition Deluxe game consists of:

  • 7 Ages collector’s edition Classic game; and
  • 7 Ages Collector’s edition Expansion set.

For a grand total of 2 large maps, 165 civilisation cards and 21 empires comprising 1024 x 5/8” counters (8 countersheets) & 800 x ½” counters (4 countersheets).