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Subject: Red Empire Twice in a Row rss

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Ethan McKinney
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After finishing Wellington, I broke out Red Empire and convinced everyone to play,
including two new arrivals (Tamara and ???--again, I'm bad with
names). Red Empire is an old GDW card game about factional politics in
the Kremlin. I always describe it as "Republic of Rome without the
complicated rules and long playing time." While you try to purge
opposing leaders, crises come up that the players have to combine to
solve. If enough crises go unsolved, the Soviet Union collapses and
everybody loses!

Despited the fact that everyone was learning the game (I had to refer
back to the very short rules for the details of play), the first game
moved fast--sometimes too fast! Two unsolved crises accumulated pretty
quickly and the USSR hovered on the brink of collapse. After that,
everybody got more serious about solving the crises! In the end, Dave
and I ended tied on points, except that he controlled the presidency
of the Soviet Union for an extra five points and the win.

Everybody liked the game enough to agree to immediately play a second
game, so we quickly shuffled and dealed. It's a big deck and I'm not
sure we shuffled enough, because the cards seemed clumped. My starting
hand was a crisis, three "play this at once" cards, and an Option card
that I could actually choose how to play, so I emptied my hand on my
first play. Tamara's first or second hand included three crises, which
sucked a lot of action cards out of everybody's hands. We still
managed to keep the USSR from collapsing. I was unable to score any
points at all until the very last card play of the game, when I
successfully purged a leader (I hadn't had any cards left in my hand
when Tamara's crises all came out, so I wasn't able to get any credit
toward solving them; then I was stuck with a bunch of unplayable
cards--wrong action card colors for the leaders that I had in play). I
believe Mark pulled out a wildly lopsided victory, despite his not
seeming to do much during the game. He's just subtle...
 
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