Arrakis. Dune. Desert. Planet. Raise your banner above the vast wasteland before you. As the Great Houses of the Landsraad marshal their forces and their spies, whom will you influence, and whom will you betray? A tyrannical Emperor. The secretive Bene Gesserti. The shrewd Spacing Guild. The ferocious Fremen of the Deep Desert. The power of the Imperium can be yours, but war is not the only way to claim it.
Dune: Imperium blends deck-building and worker placement in a deeply thematic new strategy game where the fate of the Empire hangs on your decisions. Will you seek political allies or rely upon military might? Economic strength or subtle intrigues? A council seat...or a sharpened blade? The cards are dealt. The choice is yours. The Imperium awaits.
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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.