Civ: the board game is a complex board game, and in some ways more complex than CiV. The board game has very high ratings and reviews in boardgamegeek and that's what matters. Confused people asking for rules clarifications exist for nearly all the top board games on that site (check the rankings and ratings). I will say that Civ: the board game is more fun for me than CiV is at the moment. Part of it is interacting with real people (i.e. less klutzy AI, and will make more reasonable trades). Also no graphical glitches or crashing to worry about, lol. The use of coins in economy/tech, the tech pyramid, and the way culture works in this game are truly superb. The combat is ok, innovative and fast for what it's worth, and there's many bonuses to combat you can get. The civs play out very differently while being balanced, though Egypt is a tad weaker than the others. Russia's ability to steal techs, America's production bonus, Rome's culture bonus for military actions and Germany's tech-military advantage are all very cool. Overall: excellent, excellent game. I highly recommend it.