Grow corn, build step pyramids, play basketball, and appease the gods.
"The only thing that separates this game from other Eurogames I have played is the board. The beautiful gears are honestly the only reason I agreed to play this game. It reminds me a lot of Agricola: worker placement, having to feed your workers, growing stuff, collecting resources, etc. This game was very stressful because you didn’t feel like you could do everything you wanted, and could never be the best at everything. I do think it is a well balanced game, it really doesn’t feel like there’s only one obvious strategy."
"The game is a little overwhelming to learn. The rotating board and periodic events create a unique dynamic that creates opportunities to think ahead and to screw your opponents. Although it’s a competitive game and there isn’t any player-to-player interaction, I had the most fun playing ‘open-handed’, discussing strategy and alternatives aloud. Without that, it could be a bit of an isolating experience while players wait for their turns."
"The board is beautiful and mesmerizing, as the gears revolve to advance society through different ages. The glory of rotating the cogs is dampened by the staggering glut of iconography. The constant necessity to refer to the rule book to decipher the myriad symbols grew wearisome after a while. Nonetheless, the game is charmingly thematic, and strategically satisfying."