Shadow of the Emperor Board Game

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Rating Summary (11 Total)

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Played this a couple of times over at Mabiweb. I like it well enough, but there is lots of stuff going on that you have to keep track of. I have absolutely no idea what needs to be done to win this game right now.

4/1/2020

Well-done and has some novel mechanics; but for the duration, I'd rather play something else. A bit ponderous, all things considered. [EDIT] What was I smoking? Clever and engaging, and unless people are playing very sub-optimally very dynamic. Lots of neat little levers to pull.

1/26/2020

This is certainly an interesting game. There is enough going on here that isn't trivial. Actions one player takes may dictate very clearly what action you would take -- or not, depending on the circumstances. I find the game to be an "uber-Euro"... it's what I think of when I think of a Euro-game. This is Euro-game squared. Not a favorite, but certainly not a bad way to spend time with friends.

1/10/2020

RECEIVED: 2016 (Bought 2nd-Hand) Like Colonialism or El Grande, this game gets flack for its art direction but I love the old, theme-less look of the board and cards. And, no surprise for me, the area majority mechanic is a winner. Other factors that make for extremely good game play is the aging mechanic, card drafting, and elections. I think there are also some fair criticisms of the game. The biggest one to consider is that, due to the elections, it only works at four players. I think there might also be runaway-leader/king-maker issues, which are more pronounced if you play points open like I prefer. While these criticisms along with the art are fair, I really don't care. However, the only thing that I find fault with the game is that it may be a little too long and, thus, too samey after a while. Maybe it would work better with one round less.

10/18/2019

A good strategy game, but the play and story are pretty boring. For hardcore gamers only.

1/24/2019