Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition

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Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition

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Fantasy Flight Games

Twilight Imperium Third Edition is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to sieze the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression. With new oversize geomorphic board tiles, finely detailed plastic miniatures, hundreds of cards, and a massive plurality of options.

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A dream to some ...
Although not much can match this game for sheer epic scale, be prepared for a long sit in with this one. The unapologetic mishmash of chrome and Euro-style strategy rules results in a game of quite astonishing tactical variety where the path to victory is never obvious. The circular nature of the board, political and trade mechanics and objectives system combine brilliantly to ensure that this is a game which rewards negotiation without allowing it to dominate.

For clarity, to get the full six, this needs some optional and expansion rules in play. Out of the box it's worth about four stars. Add in the official variant "Imperial II" card and the optional "Age of Empires" rules and it's worth five. Add the expansion and it's got the six.

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Conquest game that lost its way with pasted on mec
I love giant multiplayer games of epic conquest, and was all gungho for TI3. It came up rather wanting in actual play though. Lots of Euro game mechanics are patched together without any kind of connection to the theme. Role selection makes no sense- how come I can't try to do something just because my opponent is? The biggest problem is the victory conditions...victory points. The goal of a conquest game should be...conquest! Not picking up victory points for no good reason like the Euro of the day. Sold my copy, hopefully new owner will enjoy it more. The production values are outstanding.
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Extreme Awesome... IN SPACE!
(Updated: July 28, 2008)
Extremely awesome space empire game. The role selection part works, and the minis, cards, and hexes all look absolutley fantastic. Always willing to play and wanting to get people together to play a game. Sometimes I like to use a few variants to try to shorten game time. This monster of a game takes good planning to get to the table, but it is oh so satisfying...

As a long time fan of Master of Orion II and other civilization games and sci-fi games, the theme for this one is perfect for me. It's my "monster game" of choice.
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One of the best games of all time
This is simply put one of our era's finest games. Broad in scope, ambitious in execution, this is a game all ATers owe themselves to try.

If War of the Ring, Game of Thrones, and Doom were the opening salvos, this is the game that put FFG on the map to stay.

The threaded actions and role selections do crib from Euros, but it's a welcome evolution as classic but sometimes stodgy AT designs got a boost in the arm from some of the better ideas to spring from the Eurogame revolution.

If you are an AT fan and opening this box doesn't give send you into plastic-induced ecstacy, you are dead inside.

This one's got it all...combat, negotiation, secret objectives, wildly unbalancing action cards, variable player powers and races, a political system...

Try it now. This will be one of those games that will be sought after years from now.
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This is the Game you have been looking for,
I write this assuming you have the shattered empires expansion. You need this to make a good game great. That being said.....

Twilight Imperium is the best 4x game available as of writing this (2008). Accept no substitute this game has it all and it does it all very well. This is the type of game folks will be paying big bucks for years from now when it is out of print.

ti3 plays well from 3 players up to 8, with the major difference being game length (1 hr per player + 30 min for folks with less than 3 plays). I personally like 3, 4 and 6 player games the best in that I feel they have enough inter-player combat and still move along with little down time. 8 player games are fun but usually require a day to be dedicated to the game.

Aspect of this game I really enjoy.
Uneven Racial Benefits. There are plenty (14) of races available with ti3 and each plays slightly differently. Some are easier than others, but the meta game usualy helps balance this out.

Multiple Paths to victory.
The VP system really drives the game here. Many of the original VP objectives were lacing in that they did not encourage space combat, this was fixed with Shattered Empires and with the addition of Artifacts game play is opened up a lot. I have seen games end suddenly by an aggressive player scoring a 2 pt objective, their secret objective and taking an artifact planet via combat.

Empire Expansion.
Most of the time we play this for one reason, to build a bad ass fleet of kick ass ships. The tech advances in this game can really make a difference. All about combat.. go red. Want a strong economy focus on yellow, mobility Blue, elite ground units are all about green. Focus, or go for a balanced approach. The late game abilities of different races are wildly different than those at the start of the game.

Arguably the weakest aspect of Ti3, but possibly most overlooked. A strong political card played at the right time can win or prevent another player from winning. It is hard to do, and that is why I think most people feel it is weak, but it can be done and the ability to pull off a strong political play separates the men from the boys.

So if you like big, all encompassing games, one you will think about for weeks after playing trying to figure out how Malloc kicked you ass on turn 5, then ti3 is for you. I cannot recommend this game enough.

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Ambitious and epic.
This is exactly what I wanted when I got into this hobby. Each game has told a different story. Very cinematic. There's such incredible variety (especially with the expansion) that I doubt my enthusiasm for it will ever wane.

Long game, though it doesn't feel like it because I'm invested in it for its duration. Still, it probably won't be played as often as I'd like because of the length. Having said that, I'll probably still want to play it 20 years from now, so I'm sure I'll get my money's worth and more over the years.

It can be easy to get lost in the details and miss some minor actions, but that seems to be less of a problem the more I play it.

Also, the victory conditions are relatively weak in terms of theme.
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