A Fourth Millennium egy közepesen összetett társasjáték, 1 - 7 játékos részére, az átlagos játékidő hosszú, akár 30 - 360 perc is lehet. A társast, a bonyolultsága miatt, csak 12 éves kortól ajánljuk kipróbálni. A játékmenet erősen épít az akció pontok és a hatszög-rács mechanizmusokra.
In the year 2388, a group of university students working in the Tycho Crater settlement, New Pottsdam, invent the long-desired technology of a Faster Than Light (FTL) propulsion...
In the year 2388, a group of university students working in the Tycho Crater settlement, New Pottsdam, invent the long-desired technology of a Faster Than Light (FTL) propulsion system. (In this case, an Alcubierre design.) Mankind expands outward in every direction, for 3000 light years, in the next 700 years.
It is now the year 3000 AD, and after a little less than 700 years of FTL technology, man has created a modest sphere of inhabited systems some 6000 light years in diameter, and a collective population nearing 1 trillion souls. Many, many systems containing habitable worlds still remain to be explored and colonized within that sphere, yet the expansion relentlessly continues. A few, planet-bound sapient races have been found, but no other race with space travel (much less FTL capability) has yet to be revealed.
But the Milky Way galaxy is a vast expanse of hundreds of billions of stars, and despite centuries of FTL drives, man has still only seen the smallest fraction of a single percentage point of those star systems.
Much, much more lies out there, not the least of which is other, star-faring races. And of those, some are hopefully friendly and open-armed (in some cases, figuratively), some likely paranoid beyond reason, some simply convinced that any species other than their own must be eradicated, but most will likely fall in various places across the spectrum of possibilities. The diplomatic skills of man will be sorely tested, as may his ability and will to wage interstellar warfare.
Fourth Millennium is a 4X game for 1 to 7 players, set on a map of the entire Milky Way galaxy – 100,000 light years in diameter – where each player will choose their own path in attempting to carve out the biggest and best empire, encountering a variety of 36, possible alien races, each with its own unique attributes, attitude, and aspirations, not to mention the empires being built by the other players.
Staying relevant technologically will prove a challenge. Some alien races you encounter may be more advanced than you…and not happy about your presence on their doorstep. Indeed, you may even need to ally with other players in order to whittle down a common threat.
—description from the designer