History TabletopGame / TwilightImperium

3rd Dec '16 6:42:32 PM Xtifr
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[[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12493/twilight-imperium-third-edition Twilight Imperium]] (now in its third edition) is a tabletop/board game that uses hex map tiles to build a new map for each game. The setting is a galaxy where a minimum of three players and maximum of six can choose from among [[MassiveRaceSelection ten different alien races]]. Gameplay strategies may include battles, trade, politics, and/or any combination of these strategies. In fact, it is entirely possible and not all that uncommon to win the game without fighting a single battle, by earning points for accomplishing goals not related to combat.

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[[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12493/twilight-imperium-third-edition Twilight Imperium]] ''Twilight Imperium'' (now in its third edition) is a tabletop/board game that uses hex map tiles to build a new map for each game. The setting is a galaxy where a minimum of three players and maximum of six can choose from among [[MassiveRaceSelection ten different alien races]]. Gameplay strategies may include battles, trade, politics, and/or any combination of these strategies. In fact, it is entirely possible and not all that uncommon to win the game without fighting a single battle, by earning points for accomplishing goals not related to combat.
9th Oct '16 6:15:43 PM zarpaulus
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* HumansAreWarriors: The Federation of Sol gets more ground troops and command counters for them.
16th Jul '16 4:35:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: You know that you can take advantage of fighting strength, political tactics, and trading to manipulate your opponents so that you get what you want and win the game. Your opponents know it too.
12th Jul '16 12:19:43 PM Bense
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* SpaceClouds: Nebulae are dense enough to stop movement through them and give a defensive bonus to ships occupying them, and Ion Storms are good anti-fighter terrain.
15th Jun '16 7:49:22 AM Bense
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* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Totally averted. The seat of the empire's throne lies on another planet called Mecatol Rex.

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* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Totally averted. The seat of the empire's throne lies on another planet called Mecatol Rex.Rex, and it is in the middle of the map.



** Of course, most of the pieces may represent squadrons of fighters or ships rather than just one each, though the Warsuns are probably one-for-one.

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** Of course, most of the pieces may represent squadrons of fighters or other ships rather than just one each, though the Warsuns are probably one-for-one.



* HumanoidAliens: Most of the races.
* ImpossibleTask: Some of the secret missions can look like this, and a few rare combinations will make them actually impossible (like the mission to capture all the wormholes: impossible if there aren't any on the board).

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* HumanoidAliens: Most of the races.
races, though not all.
* ImpossibleTask: Some of the secret missions can look like this, and a few rare map combinations will make them actually impossible (like impossible. For instance the mission to capture all the wormholes: wormholes is impossible if there aren't any on the board).board.



* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: since each race has a limit on the number of each type of ship they have on the board, a resource-rich race which has all of their ships of one or more types on the board, but poorly placed, may deliberately get into battles just to destroy some of their own ships (or even, in extreme cases, scuttle the ships without getting in a battle) just so they can rebuild them at a more advantageous location.

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* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: since each race has a limit on is limited by the number of each type of ship they have on the board, a resource-rich race which has all of their ships of one or playing pieces available, sometimes it can be more types on the board, but poorly placed, may convenient to deliberately get into battles just to destroy some of their own loose poorly-placed ships (or even, in extreme cases, scuttle the ships without getting in a battle) just battle so that they can rebuild them be rebuilt at a more advantageous location.location without having to travel through the intervening space. Ships can be scuttled without fighting a battle for this purpose as well.



* NoWarpingZone: Certain map hexes restrict movement of ships.

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* NoWarpingZone: Certain Most red-bordered map hexes restrict the movement of ships.ships through them, at least until said ships are upgraded with certain technologies.



* OneFederationLimit: With enough expansions, you can have an Empire, Barony, Federation, Emirates, Universities, Mindnet, Kingdom, Coalition, Collective, Tribes, Clan, and Brotherhood: although not all of these will be in play in single game.

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* OneFederationLimit: With enough expansions, you can have an Empire, Barony, Federation, Emirates, Universities, Mindnet, Kingdom, Coalition, Collective, Tribes, Clan, and Brotherhood: although not all of these will be in play in single game.at the same time.



* ProudMerchantRace: The Hacan.

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* ProudMerchantRace: The Hacan.Hacan in particular, but many races are better at it than others.



* SpaceColdWar: Pretty much the point of the game.

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* SpaceColdWar: Pretty much the point of the game.game, unless it turns into a hot war.



* SpaceFighter: Check. Fighters are cheap and not limited by the number of playing pieces in the game, unlike larger ships.
* SpaceMarine: Human ground troops. [[CaptainObvious Surprisingly]] useless for space battles.

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* SpaceFighter: Check. Fighters are cheap and not limited by the number of playing pieces in the game, unlike larger ships. \n They're most effective in large numbers and with some tech upgrades.
* SpaceMarine: Human Federation of Sol ground troops.troops in the artwork are obviously space marines. [[CaptainObvious Surprisingly]] useless for space battles.



** The ''Mentak Coalition'' race are essentially space pirates.

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** The ''Mentak Coalition'' race are essentially space pirates. Their racial advantages let them attack from ambush, salvage enemy ships destroyed in battle, and steal trade goods from other races.



* TelepathicSpacemen: The Naalu.

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* TelepathicSpacemen: The Naalu. Their telepathy lets them always act first in turn order, and retreat before a battle even begins.



* TriggerHappy: A few races seem to be intended for war over politics or trade.

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* TriggerHappy: A few races seem to be intended for war over politics or trade.races, like the Sarrdak N'orr, have advantages that are only good in battles.



* WeHaveReserves: If you have sufficient resources, you may be tempted to use this as a tactic. Two races also have a shade of this in their special rules: Humans raise additional ground troops, and Yin Brotherhood employs suicide tactics.

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* WeHaveReserves: If you have sufficient resources, you may be tempted to use this as a tactic. Two races also have a shade of this in their special rules: Humans can raise additional ground troops, and the Yin Brotherhood employs can employ suicide tactics.tactics in space battles.
28th May '16 12:34:30 AM Doug86
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** The [[AllInTheManual manual]] has several to well-known sci-fi authors and entrepreneurs.

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** The [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] has several to well-known sci-fi authors and entrepreneurs.
16th Dec '15 2:47:14 AM Morgenthaler
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29th Jun '15 6:44:26 PM zarpaulus
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* DefenselessTransports: carriers have minimal defenses. Though if they're carrying fighters instead of ground troops those can protect them.
28th Jun '15 5:20:10 PM nombretomado
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** The ship pieces are obvious shout-outs to older SpaceOpera ships. [[StarWars There's a Death Star, a Corellian Cruiser, a Tie Fighter, a Star Destroyer,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic the Battlestar Galactica,]] and [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]].

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** The ship pieces are obvious shout-outs to older SpaceOpera ships. [[StarWars There's a Death Star, a Corellian Cruiser, a Tie Fighter, a Star Destroyer,]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 the Battlestar Galactica,]] and [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]].
14th Mar '15 7:54:30 PM Canondorf
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** Though an "instantaneous point-to-point" type FTL would explain all the mechanics but deep-space cannons.
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