Gibsons re-releases classic board game

by TnP Staff
Published: 19 December 2017, 10:23
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Civilization gets a refreshed look while remaining true to the fan-favourite 80s original

Gibsons has announced that an updated version of classic strategy game Civilization will be released in February 2018.

The rules stay true to Francis Tresham’s hugely influential original, but the 2018 edition of Civilization has had some aesthetic improvements. The game features enhanced artwork, a reworked box and a redesigned rules booklet – all of which are produced at the high quality expected from Gibsons. The components and player mats too have received a makeover, while very much maintaining the feel of the 1980s original.

Nicki Gumbrell, Sales Director at Gibsons, said: “Having spent many hours poring over the Civilization board in my younger years (it was our go to game for Boxing Day) I am really excited to be relaunching this great game back onto the UK market. Francis Tresham is a highly regarded name among serious gamers, so we have done very little to change the rules and game play – simply bringing the style and shelf appeal up to 21st century expectations, hopefully to be enjoyed by those who remember the original, and new players alike.”

Designed by legendary games inventor Francis Tresham and originally published in 1980, Civilization is a board game that has stood the test of time. The first game to introduce the concept of a technology tree, where advantages are unlocked as your nation develops, it has left an indelible mark on the world of board games. The elegant mechanic of the game remains unchanged and players are required to balance various elements of their growing nations if they are to succeed. Good planning, tactful negotiation and decisive action are required in equal measure if players are to lead their nations to victory.

Francis Tresham, inventor of Civilization states, “I regard this game as my masterpiece and I don’t expect to design a better one from the player satisfaction point of view. I love the ‘feel’ of genuine realism, how some nations are born seafarers whilst others love expanding at the expense of their neighbours. I am sincerely grateful to Gibsons for republishing it once again and hope that players enjoy it just as much as myself and my closest friends used to.”

Gibsons first published Civilization in 1988, roughly a decade before games like Catan and Ticket to Ride would ignite the board game renaissance. A firm favourite among families and gamers alike, Gibsons feel it is the right time to reintroduce a tour de force like Civilization and make it readily available to fans old and new up and down the country. Gibsons have had great success in recent years with other re-released classics such as 221b Baker Street, based on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Wembley, which recreates the excitement and the heated competition of the FA Cup.