Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
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- Includes over 200 miniatures
- En epic board game of galactic conquest, politics, and trade
- For Ages: 14 +
- 3-6 Players
- 3-4 hours playing time
- Number of Players: - 6
- Playing Time: - hrs
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The game is played to victory 10 points and unlike most war games, conquest is not the only means of victory. Points are acquired through capturing planets but also "researching" technology, and political decisions. The method of determining turn order is also quite original. Each player chooses a card (1-8) which in addition to being the order in which the players play, gives each player a special ability for that round. To further add interest each card has a secondary ability which all the other players can use when the player owning the card uses it. As a result not only are broad discussion (like conquest or technology) important but every turn can be critical as the players ability to ace often depends directly on when and how the other players act. This may seem as if it would slow the game, but a restriction on how many turns a player can take per round keeps the game moving nicely but keeps strategy extremely important through out.
This is not to say I don't have a few complaints about the game. The first couple of times we played we noticed some imbalances which led to certain having a definite advantage and the game always trending in the same way. There are 3 ways to get these points.Read more ›
A cool mechanic is the strategy cards, which allow the person who chooses them an important advantage in one area, but allows other plays to do something cool too. This is a great way to keep all players engaged every round and making sure no one gets board on someone else's turn. This game does boast quite a few rules and concepts that you need to know, so it's not a game that you can jump right into, but if you are willing to invest the time to learn it you will be richly rewarded.
The thing that really makes "Twilight Imperium" come alive, however, is the epic stories that the game tells. You and your friends will love reliving the tension of each game during the post-mortem, and for years to come. It really is a game that comes alive each time you play, and great story telling is the hallmark of a great game.
It is phenomenal in every way. It balances really well and the rules, as copious as they are, are well thought out and intuitive. You can learn them with ease but it will take some time to get through them all. The game is also really fun and the theme is spectacular. The gameplay is so deep that it feels so much more sophisticated than any board game I've ever played. The biggest problem I have with the game is that it never leaves my shelf. The game is great and I recommend it for anyone with some other roommates that have similar schedules but the problem with the game is the length of time it takes to play.The product description says about 3 hours but that is, in my experience, way underestimated.Of the five games I have played, it usually took about 7 or 8 hours, the fastest game was 5 hours. That big chunk of time is just too much especially for 4 or 5 people to all be in the same place at the same time. If that is not a problem then I say you should buy it, but for 70 bucks, the one game that you might play just isn't worth it.
You can win one of any three ways in TI. You can win by conquering all of your opponents(much like Risk), by accumulating points(much like Settlers of Catan), or by some random game events that come up in cards that are drawn occasionally.
This game has 10 races that you randomly choose from at the beginning of each game. The "universe" is made up of 30-40 some odd hex tiles that are randomly placed to create a unique and changing universe every time.
The game supports 3-6 players, each having their own unique color, counters, 60+ unit pieces, markers, tokens, etc. All of the pieces are made of a very thick cardboard stock and are quite sturdy. They seemed to be covered in a canvas type material making them moderately water resistant. The actual unit pieces are a medium hardness molded plastic making them tough as well as being well detailed. A typical game takes 3-4 hours. The learning curve is moderate to high and for that reason it is recommend for ages 14+, the numerous small pieces DO represent a choking hazard and the game is not recommended for small children up to age 3.
All in all, this game is AMAZING. It feels like an epic adventure every time! I haven't been this happy about a purchase in ages, so go out and give Twilight Imperium a try, you'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic game, but not for those faint of heart. Our playthroughs have taken upwards of 7 hours.Published 3 days ago by Christian L.
Great game! We like it. It took 4 of us about 6-7 hours the first time. We were doing some things wrong even after spending 2 hours studying the game. Still.... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Haydn Brown
Purchased for a friend he loves it! Set up time is insanely long, but we've enjoyed playing thus far.Published 1 month ago by Lo que mio es tuyo
Box was torn and peeling..since it is a christmas gift I unfortunately don't have time to send it back for an undamaged product. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruby Moralez
Oh man, the image next to "epic" should be this board game. I've only got to play it once and one turn took about 3 hours, not even exaggerating (we were all new players... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle
This game was everything that I expected from a 4X style game. My initial play through with 3 people was really fun, but we were very hesitant to get into battle; subsequent games... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh