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Imperial (Video Review)

12 April 2013 2 Comments


Europe is in the age of imperialism. Internationally operating financial investors aim for the highest political influence in Europe. Great Britain, German Reich, Russian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Italy, and Republic of France are each controlled by different investors. The six imperial nations build factories, troops and fleets to expand their power in Europe. They collect taxes from occupied regions to pay interests to their investors. As financial control over the imperial nations changes, there are always new strategic alliances and conflicts emerging between them.

The players represent internationally operating investors who stay in the background. There are always six imperial nations acting in the game, no matter how many investors take part. Only the investor who gets the best return on his investments, who controls the most powerful imperial nations, and who shows the best diplomatic skill, may win the game!

Imperial is a challenging strategy game without any luck of cards or dice. Players take over the role of internationally operating financial investors and control European diplomacy in imperial times.

~ Rio Grande Games


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Recovering hobo, one-time actor and street corner philosopher, now trying to enjoy the less fine things in life (like everyone else does). One thing has been nearly constant in my life - gaming. Even before discovering wargames (at the tender age of 10 or so - purely fortuitous), I would play out family games (including the 3M series) solitaire. But, life situations interfered not too long ago, and I was largely without board gaming for the better part of a decade. The last couple of years have seen me devoting myself to the hobby again - and learning a lot of the newer designs - so, I'm looking from the eyes of an old grognard (ah, how I fought against THAT term when first used on me) but an open mind and willingness to see if newer games appeal.
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  • Kevin Wenzel said:

    Enrico, What is the screwage factor for playing. This is a game being brought up over and over as someone in one of my group wanting to play and he is a huge Diplomacy/1830 fan, and I am dreading the idea cause it plays into his cut-throat wheelhouse.

    I was attracted to the track laying aspect of 1830, but less interested in the stock purchasing part of the game. Diplomacy i liked at first but they just realized it wasn’t worth playing because of seeing people playing out already conceived bias behavior, and the fact that it brings out the worst in people, which I didn’t care for.

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  • Calandale (author) said:

    I don’t think you’d like this then. It’s not Diplomacy – even
    though it looks similar. But it is close to 1830 (you might want
    to consider some of the other ‘xx games though – ’29 comes to
    mind – where stocks aren’t as big a part of the design). This
    is a game where you’re buying stocks (ala ‘xx) in countries.
    While there’s not the volatile opportunity to trash and dump
    that exists in ’30 (for the most part – you can’t dispose of
    the shares), each player is directly assessing how much every
    move helps/harms everyone else.

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