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13 Oct 2018 14:00 #283041 by ChristopherMD
Not necessarily a 4X game although I suspect for many it will be. Use your own definition for building an empire.

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13 Oct 2018 14:13 #283042 by Brewmiester
Crap I came in here thinking you meant crayon railroad games ...

I'll see myself out ...
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13 Oct 2018 14:45 #283043 by Black Barney
Through the Ages?

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13 Oct 2018 23:43 - 13 Oct 2018 23:47 #283047 by jeb

Brewmiester wrote: Crap I came in here thinking you meant crayon railroad games ...

I'll see myself out ...

The answer is EURORAILS. Thank you.

Back on topic: THROUGH THE AGES is really good. It's hits the notes for me, making me feel like I am shaping a culture and doing my own thing. Contrast to ECLIPSE, which I also like, I feel like we're all doing the same thing. I might have better guns or something, but we're all aliens shooting stuff.

CLASH OF CULTURES is good too, and delivers on the Exploration part at the expense of some clunk.
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14 Oct 2018 00:18 - 14 Oct 2018 00:18 #283049 by engineer Al
After just three plays I have really fallen in love with Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn. It's just incredibly tight and perfect and gives you everything you need in an "empire" game while still falling within a 90 minute play time. I also have yet to fall out of love with Ascending Empires which remains one of my all time favorites. Star Trek: Ascendancy is also a huge amount of fun. I love the movement system and the way the different races really help to capture that Star Trek feel.
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14 Oct 2018 09:00 #283051 by Black Barney
Im surprised to see Eclipse even get mentioned. To me, that’s just a conquest game with heavy military focus. Through the Ages has lots of options on how to build and expand your empire.
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15 Oct 2018 12:22 #283100 by Gregarius
In modern designs, there seems to be a lot of cross-over between Empire building and Engine building. I love Through the Ages, but it seems to be more the latter, just like another game I love, Innovation. Maybe it's the lack of a map in both?

I really like Clash of Cultures, too, but it's been so long since I've played it (a shame, really). It's definitely in the former camp, I think.

I keep seeing good things about the new Civilization game, so thanks for yet another endorsement. I'll have to check it out soon.

I enjoyed Empires of the Void II when I tried it about a month ago, but it hasn't made it back to the table since so I can't give a great assessment of it.
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15 Oct 2018 12:59 #283103 by Josh Look
TI4, and that should be a full stop from me. However, I’m also going to give a huge nod to Civilization: A New Dawn. I think I’ve played it a dozen times in just the last month, it’s terrific.
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15 Oct 2018 13:01 #283104 by Josh Look

Black Barney wrote: Im surprised to see Eclipse even get mentioned. To me, that’s just a conquest game with heavy military focus. Through the Ages has lots of options on how to build and expand your empire.


I see it as an economic game first and foremost.
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15 Oct 2018 17:58 #283112 by Jackwraith
Star Trek: Ascendancy for me, at the moment.
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15 Oct 2018 19:36 #283114 by san il defanso
I would probably give the nod to Clash of Cultures, though I also have gone a long time without playing it. Frankly, this is a genre I don't play m in general.
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15 Oct 2018 22:38 #283118 by engineer Al
This thread has helped me realize that this is my favorite type of game. I need to add that I also adore both Mare Nostrum: Empires and Struggle of Empires.
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