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Fantasy Flight Games FFGTI03 Twilight Imperium Board Game Third Edition
- Twilight Imperium: 3rd Edition is suitable for 3 to 6 players
- ages 12 and up
- playing time 2-6 hours.
- Ranked #29 on BoardGameGeek
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|Item Dimensions||10.79 x 59.05 x 29.84 cm||30 x 13.4 x 43.3 cm||29.84 x 29.84 x 13.33 cm||29.84 x 29.84 x 7.62 cm||27.94 x 8.89 x 40.64 cm||7.11 x 29.46 x 29.46 cm|
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An age of twilight shall once more spread across the galaxy. A broken empire shall once more be re-forged. Hidden powers from dark space shall come forth to make an ancient claim. War shall rage across space. Secret treaties, political whispers, and devious plots shall again echo through the halls of the imperial city on Mecatol Rex. TI3 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 seize 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, TI3 will ship in a massive, epic-size box, with more than 200 masterfully sculpted oversize plastic miniatures - the typical TI units (Ground Forces, Cruisers, Dreadnaughts, Carriers, Fighters, PDS, and Space Docks) as well as two new units (the massive War Sun, and the Destroyer). TI3 contains new oversize board tiles, more than 400 cards, every known civilization of the Twilight Imperium universe, almost every expansion rule and component ever published for TI, a gorgeous graphical overhaul, and an impressive full color rules set. The TI gameplay has been refined and redone by original designer Christian T. Petersen. The new design features faster gameplay, and involves players in a far more active game experience with much less down-time. In addition, TI3 will include the new Race Cards, as well a dramatic new approach to the structure of the gameplay itself using the new Command system. Are you ready for another age of Twilight?
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There's a hell of a lot of stuff in the box - I spent the best part of two and a half hours carefully punching out all the cardboard pieces and cutting out the plastic pieces. There are even mores rules to read through too - I downloaded a copy of the ruleboook before I bought this and studied it for a fortnight, no exaggeration, just to try and help teach it to the guys a bit quicker. Despite that, the four of us who played managed to wrap it up in 8-9 hours - not bad considering we had a few breaks as well. Once we've had a few more games and everyone starts to understand it all, we should be able to get the play time down to an hour per player.
The gameplay itself was great! We used the base rules (none of the modular expansions that came with the game) and we got a good mix of tactics, negotiation and combat. Again, I'm sure once we've played a few more times it will be much quicker and more choatic. We're all sci-fi fans in my group so the space setting is perfect. The plastic playing pieces are of great quality and supremely detailed. The inclusion of a Death Star-esque playing piece in the War Sun is a nice touch and a nod, I'm sure, to most Star Wars fans. The cards and Race Sheets are also good quality and, thankfully, the typo on each Race Sheet (the PDS cost should be 2 instead of 1) has been corrected.My only niggle is that you don't get enough D10 dice, but hey, dice are cheap. You will also need a massive table to play on if the floor simply won't do.
To summarise, everyone including myself enjoyed the game immensely, but it's not a game you can just decide to play on the spur of the moment - you have to plan for it. We're planning our next match over the Easter holiday. I rate it 4 stars only because we've been able to play it just once so far, and because we only had four players as opposed to the game's recommended six. Great game! If you're considering buying this for the same reasons I did, then do it.
1: You need at least 3 or 4 good friends who are nerds/ like gaming or simply are great politicians/strategists.
2: Be aware of secret alliances, betrayals, coalitions, sneak attacks, bribery, extortion, threats, bargaining, collusion and all manner of behaviours as you play the game!
3: Set aside 6 to 8 hours and knock up a BBQ or order pizza in. Seriously... make a day of it!
4: Order the expansions as soon as you can (for as cheap as you can) because a lot of it just makes the game better.
5: Be prepared to become addicted and make your own house rules/ Secret objective cards etc (Just like we have)
6: Look forward to gaming with friends then talking about for literally 6 months until you do it all over again!
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I can't comment on the game as yet though I have some experience with it. An epic game that is criticised for taking a long time to play so will probably not see much game time. When it is played it will be a very enjoyable but long day.
The background of the universe and the races reminds of Star Wars and Star Trek. There are multiple races among which each player can choose to play with; each race has few special feats that bring different bonuses to the players.
The game requires a lot of concentration, patience and a lot of free time, since the first learning games can take up to 8-9 hours (when played by 6 persons). After several games you may bring this time down to 5 and I guess even 4 hours if you play very regularly with the same set of players. Not recommended for kids. The box says 13+, but I would even say they should be older, since the set of rules is vast and quite complicated. But again this is what makes this game so good.
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