While working away from home last week, I played a late night session of Empire in my hotel room using my SoA version, which is excellently portable and so ideal for taking away as it takes up minimal space.
The initial stages saw some failed campaigns for Carthage and the Persians, but Alexander’s emergence resulted in a 100% campaign success on Turns 2 and 3 that saw him all the way to Persia.
Rome consolidated on Turn 3, while the Persians fought back to regain Persia and so began the power struggle for Mesopotamia between Macedon and the Persians (which lasted most of the game).
The interim points tally at halfway on Turn 10 was Parthia 5 areas (+12 handicap) = 17 points Carthage 5 areas (+12 handicap) = 17 points Rome 7 areas = 7 points Macedon 6 areas = 6 points
The second half of the game saw Rome pursuing successful campaigns. Hannibal had a mildly successful campaign, but following his demise Carthage failed to expand. The rise of Scipio then saw Carthage effectively destroyed and Rome occupying Africa (while the African rebellion never materialised).
Meanwhile, Macedon suffered some failed campaigns, then Scipio invaded Macedon, which saw the decline of the Macedonians. This allowed the Persians to consolidate their power in the East. Rome began to exert itself in the late game, and with Macedon hamstrung due to having lost their home territory and with a Macedonian rebellion never getting off the ground, the final victory point tally ended up as follows:
Parthia (17) + 6 areas = 23 points Rome (7) + 14 areas = 21 points Carthage (17) + 0 areas = 17 points Macedon (6) + 2 areas = 8 points