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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 13 Oct 2018 12:00 #283041

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 13 Oct 2018 12:13 #283042

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

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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 13 Oct 2018 12:45 #283043

Through the Ages?
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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 13 Oct 2018 21:43 #283047

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

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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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 13 Oct 2018 22:18 #283049

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 14 Oct 2018 07:00 #283051

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 10:22 #283100

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 10:59 #283103

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 11:01 #283104

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 15:58 #283112

Star Trek: Ascendancy for me, at the moment.
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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 17:36 #283114

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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What's the best Empire-Builder board game? 15 Oct 2018 20:38 #283118

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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