Dune: Imperium is a game that finds inspiration in elements and characters from the Dune legacy, both the new film from Legendary Pictures and the seminal literary series from Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
As a leader of one of the Great Houses of the Landsraad, raise your banner and marshal your forces and spies. War is coming, and at the center of the conflict is Arrakis – Dune, the desert planet.
Dune: Imperium uses deck-building to add a hidden-information angle to traditional worker placement.
You start with a unique leader card, as well as deck identical to those of your opponents. As you acquire cards and build your deck, your choices will define your strengths and weaknesses. Cards allow you to send your Agents to certain spaces on the game board, so how your deck evolves affects your strategy. You might become more powerful militarily, able to deploy more troops than your opponents. Or you might acquire cards that give you an edge with the four political factions represented in the game: the Emperor, the Spacing Guild, the Bene Gesserit, and the Fremen.
Unlike many deck-building games, you don’t play your entire hand in one turn. Instead, you draw a hand of cards at the start of every round and alternate with other players, taking one Agent turn at a time (playing one card to send one of your Agents to the game board). When it’s your turn and you have no more Agents to place, you’ll take a Reveal turn, revealing the rest of your cards, which will provide Persuasion and Swords. Persuasion is used to acquire more cards, and Swords help your troops fight for the current round’s rewards as shown on the revealed Conflict card.
Defeat your rivals in combat, shrewdly navigate the political factions, and acquire precious The Spice Must Flow cards to lead your House to victory!
1 Game Board
13 Wooden Agents
70+ Wooden Player Pieces
60+ Wooden Resource Tokens
25 Punch Tokens
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Why do some descriptions of this game say that it's the first original Dune board game in 40 years? What about Dune (2019)?
Dune (2019) was mostly a cosmetic upgrade of the original game released in 1979. This latest release from Dire Wolf Digital is set in the same universe but its core mechanisms are centered on worker placement and deck building.
How does the solo mode or two player gameplay work?
Since the original Dune excels at high player counts, one of the primary goals of Dune: Imperium was to create a more accessible game set in the Dune universe that doesn't rely on always having a large group. The challenge was that the core gameplay of the new game utilizes worker placement mechanism and conflict, two elements that thrive on interaction between larger number of players. Once Dire Wolf nailed the 3-4 player dynamic, Dire Wolf created an app-based automated opponent to mimic that tension even at 1-2 players.
The 2p-gameplay will add House Hagal. This opponent will mainly create tension by blocking off worker placement areas, and will require minimum upkeep since it won't acquire resources or victory points.
In the solo mode, you will choose a difficulty setting and select two Rivals to play against. These opponents will not only create tension around worker placement, but also compete for resources and turn them into victory points to try and win against you.
What's inside the Deluxe Upgrade Pack?
The Deluxe Upgrade Pack can be purchased on Dire Wolf's website. Here's what's inside the upgrade box:
Will the Deluxe Upgrade Pack fit inside the base game box?
No, it's the other way around. The upgrade pack comes inside an oversized box with plastic storage that can contain all of the content of the base game.