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At last week's game night a friend of mine was recalling a game he and his brothers used to play - Search for the Emperor's Treasure. He went on and on about how much fun it had been when they were kids. He was sure his brother still had their laminated copy from Dragon Magazine, and he'd see if he could borrow it for us to play sometime.

That got me interested in the game, so I started doing some digging. Which led to my building a pnp copy of the game:



My goal was to have it ready to play for this week's game night - I wanted to surprise him. And thanks to the help of the community here on BGG I was able to do just that.

My friend really loves the old 'Darlene' map, but I wanted to update it with the newer rules and tokens. More monsters are always better, right?

I found nice, clean scans of many of the components here on BGG, and converted the newer edition monotone tokens into full color tokens (to match the style of the original edition):


I also put the two new heroes from the Best of Dragon edition into the old, original token format:


As well as created a new, round token format that fits on mini poker chips:


And I'd been warned that the old rules allowed players to camp out at The Walled City and mine it for treasures...that I'd better use the 'treasure clue card' setup from the Best of Dragon version. But I couldn't find any examples of what these cards looked like, so I made my own:


The bottom line - my friend was delighted to see this game. When I pulled out the Darlene map (zoomed up to twice the original size) and laid it out on the table his face lit up. He grabbed the rulebook and started chuckling and listing out all of the monsters and cities. I'd brought another game to play just in case, but nope, we were going to search for those treasures tonight.


So how was the game? Quite good for such a vintage game. It's fun, it's on the light side, but it does a great job of telling stories.

Like the story of my friend's wife (we'll call her 'Turb')...she stumbled upon the Lost City on her second turn. And happened to be sitting on a spot that could host the token. And happened to have a treasure card for the Lost City. She was out in front right away. But Turb didn't stop there. Everything went Turb's way, she had nine treasures before too long! The best anyone else had was three. Everything seemed to click for Turb. Even the Evil Sorcerer couldn't stop Turb, she just teleported away, laughing the whole time. We'd found three of the four Imperial Treasures we needed, if Turb could only find that fourth treasure she could end it all and win the game. There was no stopping her. Well, that is until she got a bit too loose showing off her treasures and a Band of Thieves came one night and stole half of them! Poor, poor Turb.

Or my story, the story of Ozmo the Hapless. Ozmo fought a wolf, and almost died. There was no 'approach', the wolf snuck up, pounced, and Ozmo was losing limbs instantly. Then Ozmo had to fight a bear! And it snuck up on him as well, no warning at all, and started in where the wolf had left off! Ozmo got a lot of practice at running away. At one of the cities he traded away his only weapon for a treasure. And then had to run away some more from a Boar, because Ozmo couldn't fight well at all. He took refuge in the Wizard's Tower, since rumor had it there was a treasure hidden there. But Ozmo found that the owner of the treasure wanted a weapon in exchange...and Ozmo didn't have any weapons left! Rather than take pity on Ozmo, the wizard had his guards throw Ozmo into the dungeon, where he lay face down in the dirt, turn after turn, hoping for a ray of light. Ozmo had many memorable adventures. But I don't think he had a very successful night.

But perhaps the best story of all was of my friend, the one who wanted to play the game. We'll call him Herman. He's a short little guy with hairy feet. Herman didn't do much in the first half of the game, but he did find a nice magic sword. And he eventually found a couple of treasures. And then a couple more. And when his wife, Turb, had her nine-treasure lead stolen away by the thieves, Herman was ready. He escorted the Elven Princess all the way to the Walled City, right through the Vanishing Oasis on his first attempt! She was so happy she gave Herman two treasures. And when the Evil Sorcerer attacked him, Herman didn't teleport away. Oh no, Herman pounded on that Sorcerer, beating him back and lifting another treasure off the sorcerer's corpse.

But then Turb did a truly dastardly thing. She told Olliver J. Dragon that Herman had lots and lots of treasure, and sent the giant dragon over to beat up the little hairfoot. Did Herman back down? Well, yes. He ran away. But not until he'd bloodied that dragon's nose first! He's a brave little hairfoot. Bad Turb!

[It should be noted here that Turb also used a Bottle Imp on poor Ozmo, stealing the single Imperial Treasure he'd found all night. Which Turb immediately traded away to the Emperor for two more treasures. Grrrr....Turb!!]


Finally, as the game was winding down, Herman stumbled upon a group of Brigands. They demanded just one of his treasures, but Herman knew that Turb was lurking close behind. So he refused to pay the bribe and beat the Brigands senseless! Meanwhile, in another part of the kingdom Ozmo stumbled into a ditch in Riverdale Castle and came up with the last Imperial Treasure! Herman had defeated Turb!

And my friend had won the game he'd been so excited to see again. By defeating his wife. Which probably made for a long drive home. whistle



So, great fun was had. By most. Not all. Two of the players barely got to fight at all (we were playing the 'nice' rules, not the 'mean' rules from the Best of Dragon manual). Everybody got a couple of treasures, but Turb and Herman dominated. Just dominated. And boats...boats were darn near impossible to hire. I'll need to look up a fix/variant on getting boats. I think making boats easier to get and switching to the mean 'pass the encounter' rules would make things even more chaotic and fun. We did have a great time.

Thank you to everyone that helped me pull this memory together for my friend, especially the help provided by

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It's much appreciated!

Oh, and just to share our dumb luck...this game just would not end, we could not draw that fourth Imperial Treasure for the life of us. When I finally drew it there were only four tokens left in the treasure cup - three Imperial Treasures and one bag of gold.
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I too loved Emperor's Treasure when I was a kid. I sold my copy almost 20 years ago, but now I play Wham's Feudality with my 12-year-old daughter.



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I haven't tried Feudality yet. Thanks for mentioning it!
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Like your friend, I played this a lot when I was a kid and have very fond memories. It's possible I still have it - I need to check.
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This is awesome! Nicely done. Brings back some good memories.
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Glad I could help out!

If you haven't tried it already, Elefant Hunt is another Tom Wham game that is worth playing and should be easy to print. Original copies of Dragon #88 are readily available as well, much more so than #51.
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Emperors Treasure was a game I got from my Dragon Magazine subscription, and was the main go-to game when I played with my young sons in the 1990s. It has a special place in their memories of playing with Dad. Many great times playing with them when they were 8 and 10, and through the years. Now they are grown and gone, but we still meet up every August at GenCon. The seeds of great family gaming nowadays was sown back then with this game.
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