Boxed anthropology boardgame for 1-5 players, aged 12 and up. Comes with rules, two mounted maps, 110 cards, 120 wooden pieces, and 6 player aids. .All components bilingual (English and German). Each player starts with a pre-lingual hunter-gatherer tribe during the Pleistocene, and wins if he survives into the present era, while accumulating victory points through culture, information systems, and political advancements.
This Homeschool Edition of Origins comes with a solitaire variant (courtesy John Douglass PhD). This variant allows you to work with a student in the harsh landscape of climate changes, sea level changes, plant and animal domestications, and (eventually) political autonomy. Masculine values (territorial expansion, metallurgical and maritime technology, medicine, infrastructure) are balance with feminine ones (pair bonding and marriage, stability, education, child care). Warning, this is an very advanced level game, and extraordinarily challenging. Do not expect to succeed with the first play. For an example, see: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/454727/homo-floreniensis-survives-against-the-odds
The two Origins maps depict the plants and animals of the Old and New Worlds, that players must domesticate to become herdsmen and agriculturists. They progress through both innovation as well as imitation of competing cultures. Through the millenia, global warming may end the Ice Age and flood the coastal settlements, as deserts, jungles, and glaciers advance and retreat. Players who do poorly may become enslaved by other cultures, only to get a new chance as advanced civilizations go through cycles of chaos and renaissances. The Era IV "Age of Reason" expansion deck brings the game into the modern era.
The 24 page rulesbook includes maps and 6 pages of historical background, a theory on the origins of consciousness, weather charts and historical maps. The historical backdrop of each and every card, from the Pleistocene to the Medieval Era, is described and illustrated.
A gamebox to play Origins with Cyberboard. Included is also the 5 player scenario, which you can use "as is" to play with fewer players.
Translations into German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese available.
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Translation of the rules into Japanese: http://www23.atwiki.jp/kondohi/pub/game/origins/origins.pdf