Twilight Imperium Board Game
- 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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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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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.
From playing the game I've found it broadly balanced even with varying numbers of players. It is worth noting that in a 3, 4 and 6 player game players start equidistant from each other which gives a relative good balance of power. In a five player game some players start slightly closer to each other but this is balanced with a few one time bonuses at the start. When playing a 3 player game though it is easy for 2 players to gang up on one (this happened to me, but I was still able to win on victory points in the end).
Have players randomly pick races otherwise people complain they didn't get their favourite or one player always takes the same and learns only how to win with one. Broadly the races are balanced but I feel some special abilities are always useful whereas a number are situational. For example the "Universities of Jol-Nar" have an ability that allows them to get technology faster than anyone else; a massive advantage throughout the game. Conversely the "Mentak Coalition" get one minor single use bonus during set up of the game and their other ability which is stealing trade goods from other players only works if people have anything to steal in the first place.
Furthermore some races special abilities only become useful when you've played a few games and what on the surface looks a pointless or weak ability turns out to be very useful or even game changing.
The game revolves around taking systems, battling, completing objectives and negotiation etc.Read more ›
Its complexity means it's also time-consuming: half a day for a three to four player game, and the more players you add the longer it takes. With expansions you can have up to eight players -- which means writing off your entire weekend!
There are pale copies of TI out there, but this game really is the daddy.
One of the beauties of this game is that each game will tell a story of betrayal, subterfuge and war. But that story will be unique to that game, and it will be your story not some lame plot the designers thought up.
As I said it's a big game, it's an expensive game and it needs 5 players to really come alive. So if you like big sprawling Empire building games with a strong roleplay element and you have 4-5 friends who like that and have the time. This game will not disappoint.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The greatest strategy board game there is. Just don't expect to play a game in less than 8 hours...Published 8 months ago by Phil Parsons
..as a parent buying this for my son, I have decided not to buy this as there are no screen shots of the actual game..Published 10 months ago by Roadie 58