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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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Barry Goldstein
United States
Culver City
California
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10
Aug 2007*
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Joel J
United States
Iowa City
IA
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10
Mar 2009*
What a delicate balance of opposing forces. Every time you buy a bond you have to weigh the relative benefits of a tax bonus, player motivation, and bond payouts at the end and in the near future. Add to this the decisions that take place on the board with respect to your own personal cash and the struggle for more taxes and you've truly got an exceptional game.

The really great thing about Imperial is that I think it's approachable. There's few people that didn't love it the first time they played, and the others eventually followed suit.

I've heard the investor card variants described as good but different games, but I feel like they're both the same. The investor card just introduces a bit more leeway for beginners at the expense of control. I vastly prefer the no-investor card variant now, but I'd never turn down a game with it.
2009-09-17
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George Hall
United States
Fallston
Maryland
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10
Mar 2011
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Kim Kopowski
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Apr 2014
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David Mas
Spain
Alicante
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10
Mar 2015
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Ryan Keane
United States
Medford
Massachusetts
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9.5
Mar 2014
Probably the best economic game I've played. The fighting on the board is great in that you don't feel like you are getting attack, but rather just a country that you are more heavily invested in, which removes the feelings of being personally attacked that can arise in multiplayer wargames. It's a good implementation of a rondel as well, in that it really just limits you from doing some of the key actions like invest and taxation twice in a row, but being able to spend money to push further along the rondel gives you enough choice that the rondel is not limiting. Turns really go very quickly - the only real downtime is when someone needs to decide what country bond to invest in, since it's hard to plan ahead exactly how much money you're going to have and the relative value of each country when your turn comes up to buy. If you like stock games like Airlines Europe and Chicago Express, and also like multiplayer wargames like Game of Thrones, this is the perfect mixture of the 2. I'd also add that it's one of those games that doesn't take any longer with more players, since it's really the 6 countries taking turns and the controlling player just deciding what the country does, rather than each player taking turns.
2013-02-01
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billy rundell
United States
rockville
Maryland
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9.3
Jan 2008*
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Gabe Alvaro
United States
Berkeley
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9
Sep 2008*
Played this for the first time and won. Of course it was everybody else's first time too, so not that big of a deal. Strategy so far? Make friends, never skip an opportunity to make income or invest, pump up your factories early. Don't be afraid to take controlling interest in a nation. Use it to play one country off another for your own timely purposes.Phil has this.

You need (1)factories to (2)produce more units at one time and increase the value of the country. You can also (3)import up to 3 units for $1M each. You can (4)maneuver your armies and fleets 1 space each.

Choose (5)investor when you hold the most bonds for the country and when you have the investor card so you can get $2M and buy a bond.

Choose (6)Taxation to *get tax dividend (increase from last chart position) from the bank. *Add $2M per factory & $1M per chip - $1M per unit in money to the Nation coffer. *Increase the value of shares (power points) according to the blue number amount.

Rondel choice order:
Investor
Import
Production
Maneuver
Taxation
Factory
Production
Maneuver

Strategy: Factory, Production, Maneuver (take land or set up defense), Import units (gird position), Maneuver, Tax
2009-11-09
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Mark Strecker
United States
Murrieta
California
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9
Oct 2008*
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The root of all evil... but you can call me cookie.
United States
Gainesville
Florida
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9
Sep 2009*
Well worth the hype this game received. I enjoyed the frustrating decisions and waiting for the investor card to move. Great mechanics in a great game of economics with some basic military pieces thrown in to make a huge impact.
2008-01-12*
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Simone Berti
Italy
Reggio Emilia
RE
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9
Aug 2009*
Excellent economical game. Has also Diplomacy style wargame mechanism, but war is only for economic purposes (as in the real world).
2008-02-17*
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Roberto Zaghis
Italy
Sesto San Giovanni
Milano
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TOO MANY GAMES FOR A SINGLE LIFE.. I'll have to consider undeath...
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9
Oct 2009*
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Damon Mosier
United States
Burbank
California
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9
Oct 2009*
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Jonas Hellberg Hellberg
Sweden
Malmö
Skåne
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9
Sep 2009*
Lots of interaction, plays in a couple of hours and only gives your brain a light tan. Great stuff.
2011-01-11
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Richard G
United States
Santa Monica
California
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Mar 2009*
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Franklin Turner
United States
Fultondale
Alabama
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9
Feb 2010
An excellent strategy game that has a premise which fulfills all the socialist beliefs of the purpose of war in a capitalist society.
2009-05-04
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Peter
Bermuda
Cornwall (originally)
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9
May 2010
The rise and fall of great powers. I really like judging when it is time to switch horses, ideally weakening the country I am abandoning before doing so.
2012-06-23
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Fabio Binder
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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9
Mar 2014
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Peter Panzer
Portugal
Lisboa
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9
Feb 2014
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Miguel Dom
United States
Seattle
WA
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Apr 2012
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Stefan T
United Kingdom
Glasgow
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Jul 2012
You can benefit from what different countries are doing on the board by buying shares in them. To win it seems you need to be in control of two countries.
2012-07-18
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David Richard
Canada
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9
Jan 2013
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Nathan Flannery
United Kingdom
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Dec 2013
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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My ass is green, but I don't let it worry me.
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8.8
Dec 2011
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