From Vassal
Publisher Era Human Epoch
Year 2013 Topic Civilization
Players 1 to 5 Scale Strategic
Length 120

Files and Module Information

Filename Filetype Size Date Compatibility Developer Other Contributors
Nations.vmod Module 12.56 MB 2015-9-24 3.2.15 Samuel Williams Eric Herman


Designers: Rustan Håkansson, Nina Håkansson, Einar Rosén, Robert Rosén

Art: Ossi Hiekkala, Jere Kasanen, Paul Laane, Frida Lögdberg

Description: From the humble beginnings of civilization through the historical ages of progress, mankind has lived, fought and built together in nations. Great nations protect and provide for their own, while fighting and competing against both other nations and nature itself. Nations must provide food and stability as the population increases. They must build a productive economy. And all the while, they must amaze the world with their great achievements to build up their heritage as the greatest nations in the history of mankind!

Nations is an intense historical board game for 1-5 players that takes 40 minutes per player to play. Players control the fate of nations from their humble start in prehistoric times until the beginning of World War I. The nations constantly compete against each other and must balance immediate needs, long-term growth, threats, and opportunities.

Gameplay introduction Players choose a Nation and a difficulty to play at, similar to the Civilization computer games series. After the growth phase 2 historical events are revealed, which the players will compete for during the round. Then players take a single small action each, in player order, as many times as they wish until all have passed. Actions are:

-Buy a card -Deploy a worker -Hire an architect for a wonder -Special action provided by a card Players each have individual boards that represent their Nation. There are many ways that players affect, compete and indirectly interact with other players. But there is no map, no units to move around, no direct attacks on other players.

When all have passed there is production, new player order is determined (every position is competed for), the historical events happen and if this is the last round of an age the books are scored. At the start of a new round most old cards are removed and new ones are put on the display.

Victory points are gained and lost during the game, and also awarded at the end of the game. The player with the most victory points is the winner.

The base game is posted with permission from the publisher & game designer. Thanks for their support. Please support the designers and publisher and purchase a copy of Nations also. Original module created by Eric Herman. Updated automated by Samuel Williams.

Updates: Please contact Maintainer with errors or requests. (Requests for expansion and promos will not be considered at this time per request of the publisher.)

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  • Samuel Williams
  • Rustan Håkansson
  • Paolo Mattioli
  • Pat McLaughlin