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Every once and awhile you come across that board game that represents a new experience that captures your interest, the Portable Galactic Empire.
I wish this game had been available when I was first trying to get my wife to play board games. She watched some of the games and felt that some of them would be very difficult to learn. I did eventually get her to play a few games so I could steadily progress her to playing the more complicated and often massive strategy games.

The first time I played the Portable Galactic Empire I was able to sit down and start playing within 10 minutes. It’s one of those games where the rules are simple enough (1 two sided page) that you can dive right in but the interactions in the game are entertaining enough to keep you interested.

The Portable Galactic Empire has one other feature that I think will be key to its success, because of the way the game is structured it will be rare that any given player will be completely eliminated from the game before they have an opportunity to play for the win. I’ve played many games where a quick strike and some luck when going after an opponent can essentially remove them from the game at the outset. The result of which is if the person doesn’t walk away completely they don’t really participate fully, sometimes slowing the game down by drawing attention away from it because their interest has wandered.

The Portable Galactic Empire game mechanism offers every player even the underdog that opportunity to come back and revitalize their game.
In my very first game I had the opportunity to see the obvious leader get taken down by the other players giving each of them opportunities to become the next top dog.

If you’re looking for something new that you can learn quickly and play just about anywhere you have some table space this one is worth looking into.

http://www.castlegamesinc.ca/pge.html
 
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Welcome to boardgamegeek.

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Experienced players can easily complete a game in under 2 hours

Unlikely to appeal to your wife, I suspect. If you do a search on !"gateway games" you'll find a lot of interesting games that play faster, and are likely to appeal to non0gamers.
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Paul Morrisey
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I can see why you might think that, I'm not suggesting the game is for the complete novice but rather it would serve as a good bridge to more complicated games.

I tend to apprciate a game most when the rule set is elegant but allows for very complicated interaction. Twlight imperium and civilization are among my current favorites.

Since my wife now plays twilight I see no problems with her playing the portable galactic empires should be an easy one to learn and in comparison a quick game.

I suppose it's related to your normal expectation, I could play some games for a full 12 hour strech.
 
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I can't help but wonder if this is just a blatant advertisement for this game.

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I apologize if it's not meant to be free advertising but it sure reeks of it.

What is your relationship to the publisher and/or developer?
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Jay,

My intent was to share my experience with a new game I played that I found to be enjoyable for some of the features I came across in it; I apologize if I came off like a cheesy ad it wasn't my intent.

I think the crux of the concern raised is that my post represents advertisement. It seems to me the main difference between a recommendation and an advertisement is the existence of a profit motive.

I have no profit motive, I'm not being paid in cash, incentives or any item of value be it tangible or intangible for my opinion.

 
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JayB wrote:
I can't help but wonder if this is just a blatant advertisement for this game.


You wonder?
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Flamin_Jesus wrote:
JayB wrote:
this is just a blatant advertisement for this game.


You wonder?


Fixed.

 
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jassari wrote:
I have no profit motive, I'm not being paid in cash, incentives or any item of value be it tangible or intangible for my opinion.

All right, but I can't help notice you avoided to answer what your relation to the publisher or designer is. And by the two posts after yours, I guess your disclaimer wasn't very convincing.
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