Twilight Imperium


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How many board games let you play as a lion? In space?!

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.
-- Douglas Adams

The creative conquest of space will serve as a wonderful substitute for war.
-- James S. McDonnell

The throne to galactic empire is empty and several alien races put forth bids for it. Does This Remind You of Anything?? Your goal is to guide your race to meet conditions necessary to claim the throne and take control on the known galaxy/universe.

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 takes place in space where a minimum of three players (and maximum of six, unless you purchase an expansion set) can choose from among ten different alien races (more with the aforementioned expansion set). Gameplay strategies may include battles, trade, politics, and/or any combination of things. In fact, it is entirely possible to win the game without even playing through a single battle, by earning points for accomplishing certain goals set by game cards.

The game set includes the map, race sheets, ten-sided dice, several different types of cards (action, political, technology, and objective), plastic pieces, and many other extras. The ultimate goal of the game? To conquer the universe! To destroy your enemies! To subdue your enemies? To get ten objective points.

Each player starts off with preset ships, resources, a home system, and certain special abilities. Markers dictate how many actions can be taken in a round, how many resources or strategies you may use, and how many ships may be assembled into a fleet.

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