The principle of the Game remains popular and proven: Use skill and Strategy to turn a sleepy Roman, Gallic, or Teutonic hamlet into a mighty empire. Over the course of a Game the true challenge awaits: Being a diplomat, trading resources, and supplying your villages with food takes a lot of skill. The goal is to become stronger than the competitors, or even to build a World wonder.
Feel the sound of drums as you run towards the gates of your enemies. Laugh at their terrified faces and their tiny defenses. The horns get blown – a wasted effort. You will be gone with the goods before their friends mount their horses. But raids aren't enough. Your army will grow, and so will your hunger for more. You are free. Free to conquer every corner of this World until all kneel in your presence.
The greatest ascents all began the same way: by laying the first stone. From there it's entirely in your hands. Expand your reach until that first settlement in the shade of a tree becomes an empire on which the sun never sets. Explore the World and find oases of wealth. And, ultimately, eliminate all those trying to get in your way. The fruits of your labor will show with each building, each soldier and each advance that makes your civilization flourish.