Gibsons Re-Release Tresham’s Classic Game, Civilization

19th December 2017

Gibsons are proud to announce that Civilization, the strategic game of competition between nations, will be released in February 2018. Remaining faithful to the hugely influential original, Civilization pits players against each other in their quest to lead a nation to the pinnacle of development.

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.

G984 Civilization

Civilization is, at its core, a game of skill. With no dice and very little left to the gods of chance, it is a game that rewards carefully planned strategy and masterful execution. Designed to be played with anywhere between 2 and 7 players, the most involved and expansive games of Civilization can last for up to eight hours. As kingdoms grow, their people migrating across the lands of the Mediterranean and the Near East, resources and territory will become increasingly scarce. Will you negotiate terms for peaceful coexistence with your neighbours, or will you take what your people require by force?

Gibsons first published Civilization in 1988, roughly a decade before games like Catan and Ticket to Ride would ignite the board game renaissance, the category that has grown by 24% since Christmas, 2016 and it is the fastest growing area within toys every month in 2017*. A firm favourite amongst families and gamers alike, 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.

Although the rules stay true to Francis Tresham’s original, 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.

OLD DESIGN - Civilization

Nicki Gumbrell, Sales Director at Gibsons states, “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 amongst 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.”

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.”

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