|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.