GALACTIC EMPEROR Fails to Catch a Taxi

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It's being hailed in some quarters as a shorter version of looks like TI3.  It sounds like TI3.  It kind of smells like TI3.  But it's really sort of like reading the Cliff Notes to one of those Brian Herbert Dune books.

A couple of weeks ago we had a great discussion about "homogenous" design in the hobby and how designers are pulling ideas and mechanics only from newer games and from within the hobby.  I think GALACTIC EMPEROR is a perfect example of what happens when that's the design model.  

The thing is, the game isn't terrible at all.  It's actually decent if you've got a group of 4 and everybody understands that they're not going to be playing TI3 in 90 minutes as implicitly advertised.  It's better than RACE FOR THE GALAXY and a host of other Eurogames that I've played lately. But it's so completely uninspired and unoriginal that it's like settling for DOMINION when you could be playing GAME Z.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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