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Daniel Sell
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I'm looking for a game that lets you feel like you're running a country or empire or similar thing. Something that isn't entirely focused on combat ideally.

The Republic of Rome was pretty decent, but the huge player count limited its potential for my group. Empires of the Middle Ages was even better but again, player count is not ideal. We generally play as a group of 3 or 4.

Any suggestions?
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Have you looked into any of the 4X games? Many of them focus on fictional space empires, but Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game focuses on historical empires.
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I've had a gander at the 4X pile but they're mostly very combat focused. Plus they didn't include my examples, so it seems the category is a little off whatever it is I'm looking for.

Junta would be absolutely perfect if it played with 4 nicely (that's not stopping me from buying it BUT STILL).
 
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Mr. President

Solo game on GMT. Not expected out for about a year. But I think this is the game you are looking for. Unless you want a MP game. Then it isnt for you.
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Depending on what aspect of the definition you focus on, Labyrinth could be seen as a game about running a country.
 
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pete belli wrote:


Sadly, Junta plays even worse with less than five players then RoR does.

Blood Royale might work if you can pick up a reasonably priced second hand copy.

Or, as a bit of a long shot, Henry VIII: Intrigue in the Tudor Court doesn't quite qualify but may scratch the same itch.
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Have a look to Plus Ultra: The Court of the Emperor Charles V. Perhaps, it is what you are looking for.
 
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I've been looking for the OP's game for over a decade and haven't found a great candidate.

I'll +1 Blood Royale, but it's better with 5.
Maybe Founding Fathers?
Among Nobles?
Democrazy (j/k)


Had not heard of Plus Ultra...hafta go check that out.
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Abiezer Coppe wrote:
pete belli wrote:


Sadly, Junta plays even worse with less than five players then RoR does.

Blood Royale might work if you can pick up a reasonably priced second hand copy.

Or, as a bit of a long shot, Henry VIII: Intrigue in the Tudor Court doesn't quite qualify but may scratch the same itch.


It's true that Junta plays best with more players. But Junta was designed with the joke in mind (generally applicable to the region and the times depicted) that the economic and regulatory systems in place couldn't work. There was no system in the game to entirely redesign the banking, agricultural, and industrial institutions so failure and revolution were guaranteed even if a player wanted to run a benevolent government.

The components were kind of schlocky (and even the rulebook wasn't written seriously) but the game kind of serves as an educational tool for describing the political situation in the region from the late nineteenth century up until...well, Venezuela is still like that.

It's worth keeping a copy for its educational value.
 
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Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame
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It might be too combat-oriented for you, but After the Holocaust was a really fun mess of shit.
 
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Playing Politics: The Nightmare Continues by Michael Laver is a tongue-in-cheek look at political game theory. The 'jokes' are dated and lame, but the parlor style games are at least a first step in a game genre that doesn't exist, but should.
 
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After the Holocaust looks like it's in the right area. Opinions of it seem lukewarm though.
 
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Vladivarius wrote:
After the Holocaust looks like it's in the right area. Opinions of it seem lukewarm though.

After the Holocaust is long, very heavy on the bookkeeping, and somewhat depressing to play. However, it genuinely feels like a knife fight in an (economic) phone booth. I was only able to play it twice before losing the game in a flood, but both games were immersive. You definitely need to have the right crowd.
 
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Democracy: Majority Rules - I haven't played it. There's plenty of KS bitterness so I can't determine how objective the reviewers are, but I'd like to at least try it.
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This geeklist looks like it might have games of interest to you.

Historical simulations for non wargamers
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Paul Procyk
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Here are a bunch more games to consider:

New World
Mare Nostrum
7 Ages
Warlords: China in Disarray, 1916-1950
Antike II

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