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What Ancients Begat is a complete (~15 hour) game of family generations surviving the rise of western civilization. Survival is the ultimate goal. The sub-goals, you choose, build their story. Experience an abstract telling of the lives of our earliest recorded ancestors.
Veröffentlichung: 7. Juni 2013
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Reviews

"An engaging combination of board game mechanics and pure storytelling, 7 Grand Steps is an addictive telling of one family's journey through history."
Gamespot

"...it’s so clever that you can’t help but love it."
Indie Statik

"7 Grand Steps hides a deeply strategic experience behind its deceptively simple and charming graphical appearance, ...immersive and engaging gaming."
GGS Gamer

"...entirely apart from the hundreds of games that have passed through my PC..."
Rock Paper Shotgun

"...I walked away from it as though I was telling a story that reached through time."
G4TV

"It's a simple looking game, but -- I found myself unable to stop."
KillScreen

Über das Spiel

What Ancients Begat is a complete (~15 hour) game of family generations surviving the rise of western civilization. Survival is the ultimate goal. The sub-goals, you choose, build their story.


Experience an abstract telling of the lives of our earliest recorded ancestors. Part board game, part machine, part nod to computer games of yore, it begins with a simple mechanic. Spend tokens to traverse the wheel of life. Earn tokens by tempting the jaws of death. Then, like layers upon a pearl, game play expands, introducing fresh tactics and strategies which, turn by turn, drive a sophisticated, emergent narrative. How you play defines the lives of one family's generations through the changing ages.


An enormous tableau of ancient western culture awaits your exploration:


  • Core Mechanic - Back and forth tactics, across four social boundaries, to win legend points.
  • Family Strategy - Romance. Raise children. Rite of Passage.
  • Family Drama - Tales in the life. Sibling rivalry. Failed branches. Graveyard of ancestry.
  • Grand Legends - Earned over generations, they strengthen your family: Discoveries and Invention. Social Advancement. Heroics.
  • Ruling Games - City Administration. Warring Kingdoms. Imperial Senate.
  • The Challenges of an Age - Special for each social level. Survive and overcome, to enter a new age.

Systemvoraussetzungen (PC)

    Minimum:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space

Systemvoraussetzungen (Mac)

    Minimum:
    • OS:10.5.8
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:10.5.8
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Hilfreiche Kundenreviews
2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.1 Std. insgesamt
This is such a lovely little game!

I've never really played anything like it.... "Stargate" for the first GameBoy comes to mind ;)

This game is extremely simple and very clever at the same time.

The Look of an old coin-fueled cought my attention, but what I really won me over for this game
was the generated story. It may be only fresh and interesting in the first few playthroughs (sadly it gets repetitive pretty fast), but though its just pieces of text popping up one after another, it still made me feel and even care for these characters I was playing.

Each death by sickness really meant something. Sometiimes even letting the parents perish away for the children to have a better start in the next generation.

This game may not be for anybody and I may never have played it if I hadn't got it in a bundle, but if you like the trailer you should maybe give it a try too ;)

Verfasst: 21. Juni
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1 von 4 Personen (25%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.7 Std. insgesamt
I don't recommend this game. It's just way to repetitive and gets boring fast.
Verfasst: 4. Juni
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8 von 8 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
12.1 Std. insgesamt
Slow to develop, and maybe a bit too repetitive after a bit, but plays nicely, and is not trivial to survive. Some neat long lasting effects from real decisions meant to represent daily struggles in ancient times. One for board game lovers, especially on sale.
Verfasst: 18. August
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6 von 8 Personen (75%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3.0 Std. insgesamt
Fun game if you are looking something different. You have to pay attention and rely on a good amount of luck to win this one.
Verfasst: 18. August
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4 von 5 Personen (80%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.9 Std. insgesamt
This one I got on a sale, and am suprised to find out that it costs 20 bucks...

7 Grand Steps is a sweet game, it has an interesting concept but yet it is very plain and eventually that's a board game, and I got the feeling that the advertisements tried to make it look like something more than that..

While I can't say that this game is *just* a board game, because, yes, it is more than that, it is still *mainly* a board game,

It has story elements in it, as it involves raising a family (kind of), and progress with it from generation to generation holding onto the wheels of time (really, the board is a wheel of time).
During the board-game moments you'll have to spread skills to your children and make some decisions from time to time when some textual messages show themselves, describing a certain situation.

Those are the basics, and yes, there IS some more, but not much.
This game really rocks, as a board-game, because it's different and executes new and original ideas in it.
Yet, it's extremely simple and eventually it's merely a time-killer, for me at least. And while I really liked it and played it for a couple of times I just didn't feel like returning to it and felt I've already seen everything this game can offer rather quickly.

I do recommend it, but perhaps when it's on a sale or something, because I can't see why it costs 20 dollars.
The title on the steam library says "7 Grand Steps, Step 1.." So maybe that means there are other parts coming out, but I don't see any official statement about it.
Verfasst: 4. Juni
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2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
13.0 Std. insgesamt
Schneller zugänglich als zuerst gedacht, bin ich nach 3h spielen immernoch hin und weg. Eine sehr gute Abwechslung einer quasi Aufbau-Simulation im Automatenformat.
Verfasst: 15. Februar
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