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The creative conquest of space will serve as a wonderful substitute for war.
—James S. McDonnell

The throne to galactic empire is empty and several alien races put forth bids for it. Your goal is to guide your race to meet the conditions necessary to claim the throne and take control on the known galaxy/universe.

Twilight Imperium (now in its third edition) is a tabletop/board game that uses hex map tiles to build a new map for each game. The setting takes place in a galaxy where a minimum of three players (and maximum of six, unless you purchase an expansion set) can choose from among ten different alien races (even more with the expansion sets). Gameplay strategies may include battles, trade, politics, and/or any combination of things. In fact, it is entirely possible to win the game without fighting a single battle, by earning points for accomplishing certain goals set by goal cards.

The game set includes the map, race sheets, ten-sided dice, several different types of cards (action, political, technology, and objective), plastic pieces, and many other extras. The ultimate goal of the game? To conquer the universe! To destroy your enemies! To subdue your enemies? To get ten objective points.

Each player starts off with preset ships, resources, a home system, and certain special abilities. Markers dictate how many actions can be taken in a round, how many resources or strategies you may use, and how many ships may be assembled into a fleet. The players actually begin the game by creating the map. Through the use of these tokens the player can collect resources, move fleets, increase fleet size, or activate strategy cards. Objective points are collected by achieving certain goals or controlling certain systems

The Shattered Empire expansion set added several new races and enough plastic pieces to play the game with up to 8 players, along with lots and lots of cool optional rules.

The Shards of the Throne expansion added a few more new races, a few more cool new optional rules, and a scenario covering the end of the old empire.

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