My dear friend Manuel Suffo is the bigger fan of Phil Eklund's games I meet and he is always proposing playing his games. We've previously played by email American Megafauna and Lords of the Renaissance, but they don't attract me attention. The last game proposed was his recently published, by Sierra Madre Games, Origins - How we became humans. I inmediately exclaimed, "Oh no! Another Eklund game! Oh, my god" - because I found it always boring.
But... third time's charm! This game was a success in the group although we don't get it after several turns. It's not easy to get used with the mechanics involved in this amasing civilization game. It's so different to previous played games, even from the same author (although it includes the classical bid for cards), that players want to play it again inmediately to master the rules. Suffo said me that perhaps this is because the most euro style from Eklund's games. I think so.
Perhaps this it the game with longest turn in time count (1000 years each turn!) ever. This allows you to play from the beggining (when first humans appeared in earth) to the current time if using expansion deck. I liked to manage the fate of Peking Man struggling against Neardentals, Cro-Magnon and Homo Sapiens meanwhile I was developing my brain to get new abilities.
In the image we can see the end of game, once the red player entered at Age IV. It seems the gamebox, created by Pablo Klinkisch don't include the expansion cards. I ordered the game last week and I hope it arrives home this week from Germany. Once in my hands, I will know if expansion cards for age IV are included or they will must buy separately.