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Dave Bullions
England
Hayes
Middlesex
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10
Nov 2006*
Excellent game. Shares some mechanics with Antike & Diplomacy. Good rules system that avoids players being eliminated.
2006-11-12*
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Nov 2006*
A really good game. Diplomacy + 18XX meets Antike.
2006-11-23*
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James Cheevers
United Kingdom
Liverpool
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10
Mar 2009*
For a game with no luck there is a staggering amount of variability within the game. More if you play with different group.

A genuinely great design.

Increased the rating to a 10.
2009-03-02
glen phillips
United States
Castro Valley
California
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10
Jun 2007*
I've wanted a game like this for a long time! Bravo!
2007-06-02*
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Raindog
Norway
Elverum
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10
Jan 2012
A mix between Antike and Diplomacy, but still very unique. I really enjoy the part of taking over another player`s country.
Wifey`s rating: 4
2007-11-23*
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max pattacini
Brazil
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10
Jan 2007*
fantastic
2007-01-13*
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Mattwran
United States
LONGMEADOW
Massachusetts
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10
Aug 2008*
I really like this game - it combines two gaming aspects that I love: investing and diplomacy. Critical to make new players understand that they are NOT a country, but an investor. After 10 plays I'm upping this to a 10. Brilliant design.
2007-03-20*
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mrbass
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Oct 2008*
Way way way way way better than Antike. Definitely play WITHOUT THE INVESTOR CARD. Use advanced rules and it's even a better game. Absolutely love the way this plays out and how you can get creamed in war but as long as you have money then you can invest in the nations that are doing well.
2007-02-12*
Petri Savola
Finland
Espoo
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Jan 2008*
Very good game with a nice theme. Rules are intuitive and the game is very thrilling in a skilled group. I prefer to play with the investor card.
2008-01-02*
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William (Andy) Anderson
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Feb 2007*
Played four times with 3, 4 & 6 players. Almost everyone really likes this game. Once everyone gets the rules down the game play goes fast and everyone keeps pretty busy. We had much more fun using the pick your own shares and not using the start up on the back of the flags. I think keeping the investor card works very well. Use poker chips instead of the paper money that comes with the game!
2007-02-12*
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Kimberly Tolson
United States
Lewiston
Idaho
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10
Mar 2007*
Solid. Love the rondel.
2007-03-14*
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Romain Jacques
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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10
Jun 2007*
At last, an eurogame with a theme. You are a nasty investor controling countries with your investments, declaring wars and peace for your pocket. I love it.
2007-06-13*
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Mikko Ämmälä
Finland
Oulu
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10
Mar 2007*
Unbelievable good. After a few plays it feels the best game ever. Only negative thing is that my copy had two austrian tokens (cannontoken) missing.
2007-03-20*
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Kevin Kenz
United States
Kalamazoo
Michigan
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10
Mar 2007*
Rare combination of zero luck, good game flow, tough decisions, simplicity, superb components and fun fun fun. This game deserves all the high rating and is one I'll look forward to playing for years.
2007-03-25*
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Stephen Michael Hickey
New Zealand
Auckland
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10
Jul 2007*
Excellent business game. Superb management of when to own certain Empires to reverse the flow of the game and set off chain reactions in players loyalties and affiliations.

Don't like playing with the restriction and unpredictability of the investor card. The alternative variant is a little too tight on money at the end so I prefer a house rule of allowing players to combine more than one of their bonds to buy a larger bond. This gives more options later in the game when larger sumes of money are required.

One of the best games in the last few years.
2007-07-07*
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Dave Heberer
United States
Redmond
Washington
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10
Apr 2007*
This is an excellent game with lots of interesting decisions to make. This game's theme makes me think of the crazy conspiracy theories about international bank cartels secretly running the world for profit. This game puts you in the role of an evil banker willing to kill millions for interest. Fun. I haven't really felt the need to tweak it at all from the rules that come in the box.
2007-04-05*
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P. Al Williams
United States
Northampton
Massachusetts
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10
Sep 2009*
Don't knock war profiteering until you've tried it. This is not a game about winning wars, it's about exploitation.
2008-05-01*
Daniel Kearns
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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10
Dec 2014
Very interesting but has a learning curve. Things bogged down in warfare and went long. We realized late that Invest and Taxation were the two most important parts of the dial. Rondel looks symmetric but isn't. I think a country should make the expansion push right before Taxation. Excited to try this again. UPDATE. Been thinking about playing without the investor card. Can't figure it out. Rulebook is a joke! UPGRADE. Even though I now have serious issues with the investor card (won't use again), Imperial is feakin awesome with lots of conflict and interesting things to think about. Remarkable game. UPDATE: With investor card, keep track of first investor and at game end cycle the investor card through all remaining players.
2012-07-15
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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10
Jul 2008*
Excellent luck-less economical strategy game with elements reminding of 18xx and Antike (the clever rondel mechanism). Imperial looks like a wargame, but the goal is not really conquest. As financial investor / war profiteer, your goal is to "pillage" the treasury of nations. Don't cling too much to "your" countries, but be flexible in taking over the nations where most profit can be gained (via taxation or investor). **** 12 plays have been with the investor card. 3 plays without the investor card. Slight preference to play without that card. **** Definitely play with the experienced setup!
2011-05-28
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Teemu Salohalme
Finland
Imatra
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10
May 2007*
Oh, wow. This is an incredible game. The rules are astonishingly simple but the game itself is quite complex to play well. So many things to consider. I've played three games with 3, 4 and 6 players. All games worked equally well the six-player game being the fastest one.

UPDATE: After 10 plays, this is still gold.
2010-03-17
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Marco
Netherlands
Arnhem
Gelderland
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10
Jul 2012
Upgraded from 8 to 9 after two plays.

This investment game has a nice wargame-like touch. It is a mixture of Railroad Tycoon, Acquire and Diplomacy.
I like both its complexity and simplicity. I like both the lack of luck and the gambling element in betting on the right countries.

Upgraded to 10 after three plays.
This game is getting better and better.
2014-12-06
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J. Green
United States
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10
May 2007*
If it's not the Perfect Game, it's close. See my Geeklist on "Building the Perfect Game: The Ingredients"
2007-05-18*
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Duarte Conceicao
Portugal
Carcavelos
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10
Apr 2015
My favourite Rondel.

You've get it all in this game. Area control, a little of military action, double crossing your fellow players and also a bit of Economics.

I'm never tired to play it! Bring it on!

On my podium @ # 3
2007-06-22*
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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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10
Aug 2007*
This game presents a wonderfully fresh perspective on the global/political domination genre. At first glance it would appear to be a basic territorial conquest game, but in reality, it's all about monetary investments and profit. The military forces in the game are just tools to be used to increase wealth and power. What makes it especially interesting is that control of nations can change during the course of the game and multiple players can simultaneously have a stake in the same nation's fate. Imperial is a beautifuly executed game design that keeps players involved throughout.

Advanced setup and the variant with no Investor card are definitely the best way to play.
2007-08-13*
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Paul Pontillo
Canada
LavaL
Quebec
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10
Jun 2007*
Une mécanique extraordinaire.
Une belle surprise de fin d'année.
2007-06-17*
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Paolo Ciardulli
Italy
Trento
TN
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10
Jun 2007*
Wonderful game. It is often compared to Antique because they have similar basic mechanics, but they are very different games. BOTH OF THEM are top games in my opinion. Imperial has the advantage, for me, that is probably more enjoyable with only three players. Very recommended!
2009-10-06
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Will
United States
Miami
Florida
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10
Apr 2012
Amazing stock/war hybrid. Has the potential to hurt players that make early mistakes, but with a few plays this game shines. Everything a heavyweight game should be, and in a manageable playtime. Wow!!

This game is unforgiving. A key mistake early on can completely railroad your game and leave you contemplating the real merits of having games without player elimination. With this said, being aware of this should prevent such a train wreck, just be warned.

UPDATE: a ten!!
2011-05-21
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Sven Baumer
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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10
Sep 2008*
wow! Simple rules, yet meaningful and complex decisions, great and highly unusal game (this is _not_ a war game). Exactly my cup of tea. The pace of Imperial is amazing, comparable games take twice as long!
2007-07-10*
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Tom Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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10
Dec 2009*
What a fantastic game! It dramatically improves upon its predecessor Antike by employing the same Rondel mechanic but implementing it in a significantly better game. The notion of everyone investing in any of the six Great Powers of Europe, and the largest investor at any one time being able to control the actions of that country is very innovative and clever. The game seems to constantly be in flux as people shift around who they control and what their short-term goals are, but in a good way because it keeps you constantly engaged and interested whether or not it's your turn. I really look forward to playing again and may pick up a copy at some point.

Received as gift: August 5, 2007
2007-07-27*
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William Shields
Australia
Inglewood
WA
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10
Sep 2007*
On face value this appears similar to Antike. Certainly some of the mechanics (the rondel, movement/combat) will be familiar but this game leaps ahead with its unique mechanics, no luck and variance from subtle changes. A fantastic game.
2007-09-02*
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Tuomo Pyhälä
Finland
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10
Nov 2007*
Dynamic and exciting economic wargame. You never know what's gonna happen next. Maybe you are governing your country to score the highest or just to devastate your enemy while actually preparing to takeover the real winning country. Also interesting theme.
2007-11-08*
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Filipe Pina
Portugal
Lisboa
Lisboa
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10
Sep 2007*
Imperial manages to elegantly merge the two game categories that I most like: economics and war.

The game appears at first sight to be mostly a war game and some players will tend to play it that way, but for me the economical (stock market) side is the most fascinating. There are truly two games being played in parallel, where war/country development influences the stock market and the contrary is even more noticeable. As country stocks can be bought by several players, partial alliances are quite common - a player may have an alliance with another for a specific country, but be in war for another country. This creates a nice platform for complex player interactions which can create tremendous fun and chaos.

Imperial asks for players which mostly favour strategy and great player interaction, but prefer simple and elegant gameplay without excessive rules/details.
2007-09-25*
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Jeremy Wilhm
United States
Norman
Oklahoma
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10
Oct 2007*
Most of my plays now are from the iOS app. It really is handy to be able to play while I'm waiting in line or just when I'm bored.
2013-02-17
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Paulo Soledade
Portugal
Leiria
Leiria
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10
Oct 2009*
I like the game very much.

It has excellent mechanics, and it is very, very original. It's one of the most original and brilliant games I've ever played and it will always be a part of boardgaming history.

It is a top 10 game pedigree for its brilliance.

Superb game. The best game of 2006.

It won the prize "Jogo do Ano 2006" - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Jogo_do_Ano

My top #1 game. I like economic games and Imperial gives players that opportunity. Also, the challenge to play it well is the most interesting thing this game has because you not only have to take good decisions when controlling a country and manage your own money but also when disputing the best way to give up or grab a nation's flag.
It has perfect information, no luck involved and players who play better win. I believe that in this game the best player always wins (the player who plays better).
2010-01-27
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Marc Gallus
Germany
Kassel
Hessen
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10
Nov 2007*
A very goog game with originally mechanism. Must buy for gamers:-)
2007-11-12*
Michael Sillion
Sweden
Varberg
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10
Oct 2011
Fantastic without the investor card and advanced setup!

My most played Boardgame.

Looks beautiful and I seriously recommend using pokerchips as money.

We are playing with the new rule from Imperial 2030 about how bonus is awarded. Smaller awards but every time to tax a country.
2013-11-11
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Taj Mahal, anyone? (I didn't drive all the way down here to play Keltis. I mean, really.)
Switzerland
Basel
Läckerli State
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10
Feb 2011
Intriguing game. Seemed very counter-intuitive during the first play. The second play went much more smoothly and got me hooked. Absolutely fascinating. Replay value seems to be very high. Looking forward to playing again soon. Update: Played a few more times and I still love it.
2007-11-18*
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Grognard David
Belgium
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10
Nov 2007*
the best economico-wargame ! see the "Swiss bank" variant !!!!
2007-11-19*
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Shawn
United States
Pelham
New Hampshire
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10
Aug 2009*
All time favorite game right now. Since I started going to a local game night it gets played quite a bit.
2010-09-04
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United States
Moab
Utah
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Dec 2007*
After more plays, I raise the rating to 10. Great game, with lots of depth.
2007-12-06*
Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
Sep 2009*
Wwhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! What an awesome system. This is a brutal mindmelting goodybag. There are so many possibilities to take into account here, who to invest in, when to try for majority or when to intend to keep minority. There are a ton of natural objectives that come out of the design like trying to invest adjacently on the map, in order on the turn track, and/or with mutual investors.

It seems that getting bought out often can work to your advantage. This is really a lovely system, it feels like it took everything wonderful in this modern era of gaming and ported it into the minds of some of the best designers from the 50's - the early 70's.

Expect to play this tactical, but know that as brutal as it is that you are in it for the long haul and what little long term strategies you can form are going to aid you if you can put everything into position.

Much like all of the 18xx games, use poker chips. It will make the banks much easier to "read" from across the table.

Don't underestimate the option to pay to move on the rondel. Timing is everything in this game. Imagine in 18xx the constant potential of your trains rusting or sudden buy outs. If you get into conflict games and stock games, this is the one for you.


UPDATE: The more I play this the more I love it. I do not recommend playing with 6 players though as there will be at least one player that gets squeezed out with nothing that they can do for the rest of the game. We play with the variant where you get a buck if you don't buy stocks when without a flag.

UPDATE: The No-Investor Card variant is great as it balances the game out dramatically, but I think perhaps it takes a little more of the fun out of it and makes it a bit more deterministic. It seems that it plays best at 4 without the Investor card and 5 with the Investor card and the C.H.O.A.M. Charity.

UPDATE: This is really a perfect 4 player game without the investor card.
2009-09-24
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Ben Draper
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Oct 2014
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After playing twice in a row without the Investor card, bumped up from an 8 to a 10. This is a masterpiece.
2015-01-29
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Francisco
United Kingdom
London
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10
Dec 2007*
A cross between Risk, Broker, Diplomacy and... who cares! It's a great game! Not easy to grasp at first, but the rondel and overall mechanics instantly make this a favourite. It's engaging, with strategy and tactics harmoniously holding hands. The fact that you are an investor with a varied portfolio of nations, temporarily managing the fate of a few of them (or not), but not "owning" any, as you piggyback on the strategy and management of the other players, makes this game an engrossing experience. Highly recommended.
2007-12-18*
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Jonathan Davis
United States
Wake Forest
North Carolina
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10
May 2008*
All the fun of Puerto Rico, with a much better theme, much more player interaction, and a much bigger set of choices -> more chaos, less scripted! I have a hard time seeing that I will ever choose PR over this whenever both are an option.

UPDATE: I upgraded it from a 9.5 to a 10. I like this game more with every play. My game group is developing deeper strategies with each play, making how the game plays out unique every time.
2008-05-04*
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pronoblem baalberith
United States
Pleasantville
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2008*
Wow... this is a great game. I've only played with 5 or 6 people. I really am curious how this plays with less players.
2008-01-04*
kargan johan
France
st denis
reunion island
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10
Jan 2008*
very good game. make me feel as if i play diplomaty but with some gestion part.
2008-01-05*
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James Weinrod
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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Jan 2008*
I have to adore this game despite all its politically-incorrect glory. Maybe it's the math-y part of keeping track of investments while having to run a game of pseudo-Risk on the side and planning everything against what you think your opponents might do, but I find this game as absorbing as any I have played. I particularly like the asymmetry of the fact that you and your opponents all have a constantly-changing set of common and conflicting interests.
2008-01-20*
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Allen Kraus
United States
Ohio
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Jan 2008*
This game has it all-No knock-out so everybody get to play the whole game-No dice so no luck-Spacial strategy-Fiscal strategy-Rapid pace of play so everyone playing is involved often-Decisions to make even when it is not your "turn" so you have to pay attention all the time-A 6 player game that is even MORE fun with 7 or 8 or even maybe 9!
2008-01-09*
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Jim Marshall
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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10
Jan 2009*
Wonderful, wonderful game.

It carries forward the best bits of the designer's earlier Antike (the rondel and the way it splits the play down into small chunks, of which there never seem to be enough to do everything you want) while improving on the context.

I find Antike's weaker elements to be the card collection mechanisms used to gain victory points. The use of investments to change control of countries, and the game-end value of your investments being the lion's share of your score, lift the game above Antike (good game though that is) and a lot of other Euro strategy games.

I love the constant flux within the game, as countries that were enemies become friends (and vice versa), and a countries that looked like lions become pups (and vice-versa again).

While it's not cheap, the production values are excellent.

Warning: played with more than 4, players can find themselves without control of a country for long periods of the game. This doesn't stop them doing well if they invest wisely, but does make for two hours of extreme tedium for the affected player as they watch everyone else play the game and only get to make an investment decision every twenty minutes or so. I'd either stick with 4 players, or use the optional rule that gives players without a country an extra million to invest at investment time.
2008-01-10*
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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10
Jan 2008*
Uber Game. Great Mechanics. Simple rules. I liked the mechanics in Antike but I did not like the game itself (war was not an attractive option or one that made sense - and the victory conditions to get points were nice at the start of the game but less and less functional at the end). Imperial is above and beyond Antike. Great Game, always exciting, great concept, superb components. It gets a 10 !!!
2008-01-14*

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