In the Shadow of the Emperor is a tactical game for 2-4 players. Players represent aristocratic families at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor. Players seek to get their family members into influential positions with the various electorships of the Empire. Once there they accumulate votes towards being elected to be Holy Roman Emperor. Players choose actions for their family members to take, which allow them to wrest control of the various Elector States (each of which has a special ability in addition to its voting power) whilst displacing their opponents. However, family members age and die and the number of action cards is limited, restricting the tactical options. As players build their influence they collect victory points and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Use this board in conjunction with the normal Rival card during Phase 4 instead of using the cards. Place out your colored cube on a vacant space on the board to perform an action; that player will pay as normal and leave their cube on the board. The colors of the locations of your cubes will determine your descendant.
(note: leave the cubes on to tell who gets each of the voting actions as well as determining descendants)
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game.
See the At the Gates of Loyang game entry if you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, a PDF version is also available there.
Complete game and card rules.
The ability of Rhein was corrected (before it was indicating that also a couple can be placed).
Rhein: Place a new (age 15) Baron in an aristocrat space (push a knight is necessary).