i played my first game of twilight imperium 4th edition on saturday! turns out: this game rules!
for those of you who aren’t familiar, Twilight Imperium is a tabletop strategy game which takes 7-10 hours to play. it feels rude of me to lead with that, but it’s come to be the defining feature of the game: it’s very Big, and it’s quite complex, and it’s an intense experience, and if that’s the sort of thing which makes you think “no, not for me,” then you are probably right.
that said! i felt sure it would be Not For Me, but i played the first game for a friend’s birthday, and i’m ridiculously and immediately hooked. it lit up all the same joy receptors as Netrunner and Subterfuge for me, in that most of the individual systems are relatively simple, but they interact in increasingly complex ways which revolve strongly around table talk, alliance-building, lying, and double-crossing to be effective.
for such a Big Game, i was amazed to find that i was 100% engaged in it from start to finish; there was almost no point at which i checked out or stopped thinking about my next action, or the status of my fragile alliance with my neighbour, or on how to get that next precious victory point. the immense complexity of the game all felt fun and exciting, and i’ve already booked my next game with some pals in mid-January.
here’s a good review which tackles the strong points by SU&SD:
and here’s a good rules reference video for when you want to start playing:
anyone else into this game? thinking of getting into it? i can talk more about my first game if folks fancy also.