Stone Age Game Rules

Game Components


  1. Place the game board in the table middle.

  2. Separate the food tiles by value and place in stacks on the hunting grounds.

  3. Place the 20 wood resources in the forest, 16 brick resources in the clay pit, 12 stone resources in the quarry and 10 gold resources in the river.

  4. Separate the tools by values 1/2 and 3/4 and place them in two stacks in the space next to the tool maker.

  5. Shuffle the civilization cards and place as a face down stack next to the game board. Draw the top-most 4 cards (based on number of players) and place on the 4 spaces, from right to left.

  6. Shuffle the building tiles and place in 4 face down stacks of 7 buildings each. With 4 players, place all 4 stacks on the game board; with 3 players, place 3 stacks; and with 2 players, place 2 stacks. Return unused stacks to the box. Turn over the top-most building tile on each stack.

  7. Each player chooses a color and one marker of his color on space 0 of the food track (lower left) and one on the scoring track (upper left).

  8. Each player takes 1 player board. On this, he places 5 people in his color and 12 food. The player boards serve as places for game material, game play information, and final scoring information.

  9. Place the remaining people (5 per color) as a general supply next to the game board. Also place there the 7 dice and the dice cup.

  10. Choose a start player and begin the game.

Game Turn

Each round is divided into 3 phases, which are executed in the order described:

  1. The players place their people on the game board.
  2. The players use the actions of their placed people.
  3. The players feed their people.

I. The players place their people on the game board

The start player begins and must place 1 or more of his people on one place of his choice. Then the next player in clockwise order follows and must also place 1 or more of his people on one place of his choice. This continues in clockwise order until all players have placed all their people on the game board.

The number of rings in a place indicates how many people can be there before it is full.

Passing is not permitted, if there are still places available for people. Placing again is not permitted.

How many people can be placed at the individual places?

Since the individual places accept different numbers of people figures, it often occurs that one or more players will have no more people figures to place while others still have people figures they can place.

If no player can place people figures (because each has already placed all his figures or each has no legal places to place the figures he has), the 2nd phase begins.

II. The players use the actions of their placed people

The start player begins. He uses all his placed people figures. Only then does the next player, in clockwise order, use his people. The order a player chooses to use his people is completely up to him. The player returns people use to his player board as he uses them. In this way, the player has all his people back when he is done.

Which actions can the player use on the individual places?

III. The players feed their people

When all players have taken all their people figures back to their player board, they must feed their people. Each people figure requires 1 food.

First, each player takes food from the supply according to the postion of his marker on the food track. Then each player returns 1 food to the supply for each people figure on his player board.

If a player does not have sufficient food to feed his people, then: He must place all food that he has back into the supply. Then, he may, if he wants to (and can), pay the remainder in the form of any resources into the supply. Each resource replaces 1 food. Thus, his people are also content as they were able exchange the resources for food).

If the player cannot or does not want to do this, he immediately moves his scoring marker backwards 10 points on the scoring track.

In such case, the player must return all food he has to the supply. When all players have fed their people (or not and lost 10 points), the round ends. The start player gives the start player marker to his left neighbor and the next round begins.

Game end

The game ends in one of two ways:

Then follows the final scoring. First, take the information sheet for the civilization cards for the scoring information it has. Each player proceeds as follows:

Players move their scoring markers to score their points as they tabulate them. The player with the most points is the winner!

If players are tied for most, the player among them with highest total of food production, tools, and people is the winner.