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Empire Engine (Second Edition)

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As gears turn, empires are forged!

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Once, the world of Mekannis was united and prospered under the guidance of the Great Engine—an enormous thinking machine built into the molten heart of the world. Over millennia, Mekannis was transformed until every piece of land was incorporated into the gears and levers of the Engine itself. An act of hubris by the world’s rulers caused a series of devastating malfunctions that shattered the land and the death of the Great Engine. Now four empires rise to dominance. The Kestrel Dominion, descending from ancient hereditary rulers and cherishing their ancestral tradition of honor; Nova Centralis, a plutocratic nation built upon exploiting wealth and greatly desirous of maintaining their economic edge; the Sylphian Commonwealth, a once-verdant land now poisoned by the aftereffects of the Engine’s destruction; Empire Engine layoutand the Grail Prelacy, a theocratic nation emboldened by prophecies of ultimate victory. Each empire vies to fulfill the prophecy and restore the Great Engine, the source of ultimate power.

In Empire Engine, players take on the role of a mighty empire, powered by rotating gears. During the game, players simultaneously choose actions to attack, defend, salvage, export, or collect resources (goods for export, soldiers to attack your opponents and inventions to score points). Players use their gears to rotate their engines, and in each round perform the actions on the top edges of their engines. The player who scores the most points for the goods, soldiers and inventions in their score pile at the end of the game is the winner!

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“Great Strategic Filler”

Five minutes to learn the game and you are ready to play between above 5 to 20 minutes. Number of player 2 – 4 best played with 3 or 4.
This is a great game it has an interesting mechanic a weird blend between an eurogame and put orders game, an euro because you have to score points until the end of game to win madding order in each round and all this with only four card per players, that is all you need to play this game
It came on a cool bag (like love letter) therefore is simple storage and easy transport (your pocket is enough)
Now lets talk about the Bad Points
It came with few components, 45 wooden cubes, 15 per each resources, you will feel the lack of cubes when you play 3 players game and with 4 players this will be awful.
Another thing is the replayed, I played about five time and I think the game is predictable depending what the others played in first round.
In conclusion about pros and con: this is a really good filler game, perfect to begin the evening and/or between big wargames.


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