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jonathan schleyer
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How long does the game take and is it any good with 2 players?
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Honestly Ive never played a 2 player imperial game, usualy a 4~6 players game and it takes something from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
 
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I seriously doubt that 2 player Imperial can be fun.

Playing time is 3+ hours in my experience.
 
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In theory it should work but with 2 players the interraction will be limited.

Playing time shouldn't change that much with fewer players.
 
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Yeah, I don't see how 2 player imperial would be good. Imperial matches here usually last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

 
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I've played it once as a two-player and it was good. I'd say it's definitely worth giving it a try.
 
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provence wrote:
How long does the game take and is it any good with 2 players?



Imperial plays perfectly fine 2 players. Very fun game. My buddy suffers from AP so it takes us about 3 hours but with a normal opponent I would say closer to 2.

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A 2 player game tends to be more of a war game, as you tend to have 3 countries between the players. It's a very different game at two.

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Take a look at this review by drunkenKOALA - it gives a great description of the 2 player game, and I agree with just about all his points.

Imperial with 2 is a lot of fun, but it can be hard. The early game is somewhat clear (or at least presents the illusion of clarity), as you try to build value in a few countries that you have a stake in, and the late game shakes out as trying to peg the high finishers and invest in them. It's the mid-game that I find the hardest to figure, and the trade-offs between money invested in a country and return are nowhere nearly as easy to grasp as in something like Chicago Express. My only caveat is this: play with someone at your skill level. Otherwise, it could be less than stellar (for whoever is the novice player).
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I've enjoyed it with two.
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Two is OK for Imperial if you want a more chess like game. A bit dry but tactically even more challenging than 3+ player.
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I enjoy playing the two player game. Much less about investing in other countries and more about holding onto what you have. Otherwise, you risk allowing your opponent to gain an advantage. Each game I have played has been very close, so it all depends on the caliber of the players.
 
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I have a theory: 2 player might be better with the investor card than without. I'll test it to find out.

This game is great with 2.
 
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Ambrose wrote:
I have a theory: 2 player might be better with the investor card than without. I'll test it to find out.

This game is great with 2.



You play 2 player without it normally?
 
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Rastak wrote:
Ambrose wrote:
I have a theory: 2 player might be better with the investor card than without. I'll test it to find out.

This game is great with 2.



You play 2 player without it normally?

With. I'll test it without to see next time I get a chance.
 
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JohanCarstensen wrote:
I think a 2 player game can be completed in one hour, since there is less interference of other players, just your opponent.


i think an hour is a bit of a stretch, have you done it?

i played a 2-player in 2 and a half hours today.

i like it, but i agree with most of the above comments in that it is dryer and more tactical than a multiplayer game.

also, i wouldn't waste your time playing 2 players with a newb. newbs should be initiated in some 3 or 4 player games and then, once they are comfortable with the ins and outs, go for a 2 player game. it will be much more satisfying.
 
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I agree: 2 players was surprisingly fun, although we both knew the game and got right down to business.

We had both played 3, 4, 5 player...usually more mixed levels. 2 player is much more territorial, at least in the beginning.

Next time for 2 player we will try that variation where you choose which bonds you want to buy per country.
 
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