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Year Published
1980
# of Players
1 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5, 6 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
User Suggested Ages
16 and up
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Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Empires of the Middle Ages
Alternate Names
帝国の興亡
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This classic SPI game from 1980 covers the economic and political landscape of Medieval Europe from 771 to 1467 on an area map. Several scenarios allow players to do anything from a solitaire game during the Charlemagne's reign to the "Grand Scenario" that covers historical trends throughout the period.

Decision Games published a second edition in 2004, with a differently styled map. It added optional expansion rules & counters for Armies, Fleets, and Civilization Markers, along with additional Event Cards -- raising their number from 56 to 164.

At the start of each player's Round, Event Cards are drawn which change the strategic situation (such as Plague or Bounty) or benefit a player in various ways. The descriptions of the Events contain a great deal of historical information, adding much interest to the game.

Each player may attempt to perform up to five "Endeavors" per 25-year long Turn.

There are six types of Endeavors: Conquest, Pillage, Diplomacy, Defense, Fortification (including building Armies/Fleets) and Ruling. Additionally, moving Armies/Fleets and Taxation may always be performed.

Endeavor resolution is diceless; instead "Year Cards" which show an array of results for each type of Endeavor are drawn. The card might also require a Leader Stature Check, which can change the player's Combat, Administration, and Diplomacy ratings.

Endeavor resolution is affected by the appropriate Leader rating, and the involved areas' language, religion, population, and Social State (which changes frequently). Poor performance can lead to Unrest or Rebellion in an Area.

An area's Social State value rises and falls as a result of Events and Endeavors, and improving the Social State of your empire is an important object of play.

Optional rules add non-player Raiders and Magnates.

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Microbadge: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_GamE_Empireso.jpg
In 1994 there was a DOS version of the game released: Rise of the West

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Product Code: DCG3012
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7 Year Cards
Database of Year Cards and probability analysis of them. User may try his luck with a random Year Card. Based on SPI edition.
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2015-02-07
15 EotMA walkthrough
This is not a rules summary (as such) or a play aid (although it could be). This is a walkthrough, a "mile high" view of the game rules to aid in learning the game, teaching the rules, or remembering how the game is played. Many niceties and edge cases are glossed over in the interest of concision. Doubtless errors will have crept in. Email with what you find.
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2011-06-18
26 eotma2e-tables.doc
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52 eotma2e-rules-rewrite.doc
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2006-12-18
8 EotMA2 Cheat Sheet Turn&Taxation v1.0.pdf
Play Aid with Game Turn Sequence and Income procedures
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8 EotMA2 Cheat Sheet Endeavors v1.0.pdf
Play Aid for conducting Endeavors
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3 EOMA endeavor chances.xls
Gives "Effective Value" vs. "Chance of Endeavor Success/Failure".
2005-09-13
6 Empires of the Middle Ages Player Aid.doc
Player Aid for 1st Edition
2005-03-31
9 EotMA2ed_player_turn_summary.doc
EotMA 2nd Edition Summary of a Player Turn
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9 eotma2.rtf
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