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Twilight Imperium

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Not sure who here has played Twilight Imperium before (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/233 ... th-edition), but it's one of the epic space strategy games, where different factions vie to replace a fallen galactic empire.

TwilightWars.com is a volunteer-run site that lets people set up and play PBEM games of Twilight Imperium. It takes awhile to get through a game (both because TI takes a long time to play and because there are back and forth situations requiring input from multiple players), but on the other hand it also allows the play of a game that's otherwise difficult to get people together in person for. And TI itself is a blast.

Anyone interested in playing a game? You need a code to sign up for the site which I can PM to anyone interested (the site runners say it's fine to share, especially since I own a copy of the game).
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I just now saw this. I probably would be interested, would just need to check out how it is done. Ghostlobster would also probably love to join in.
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Can you explain how the game works and how difficult it is to learn?
I might be interested.
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Punisher wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:00 am Can you explain how the game works and how difficult it is to learn?
I might be interested.
The game has a bit of a steep learning curve, but this system purports to run the rules for you. That said, there is always a lot going on with TI. I would put it on the complexity level of a PC game like Master of Orion or Stellaris.
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Punisher wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 1:00 am Can you explain how the game works and how difficult it is to learn?
I might be interested.
Sure. The game mechanics aren't all that complicated. Here's a youtube video that covers it. But the premise of the game is that there was a galactic civilization that collapsed ages ago. Now various factions are competing to reclaim the former imperial capital planet (Mecatol Rex) and make themselves the dominant power and new ruling faction in the galaxy. At the simplest level the core mechanics are this:

(1) At the start of teach turn everyone picks a "strategy card". This both determines player order for that turn and gives that player a special ability (the 'primary ability' for that strategy card. Whenever someone uses their strategy card primary ability others can pay to use a secondary ability of that card at the same time.

(2) After the strategy cards are picked, players take turns doing actions. Mostly this involves moving units around the galaxy, fighting other players, and building units. Also involves various special actions allowed by cards and faction abilities.

(3) After everyone passes players can score various objective cards (some public some secret) and thereby gain points.

(4) After a player takes the capitol planet (Mecatol Rex) an "agenda phase" is added to the game where players can vote on two agendas per turn that add new laws (rules) to the game or which impact a player positively or negatively.

(5) A player wins by hitting an objective point goal (typically 10 points, though players can choose to play to 14 for a longer and more epic game).

Like I said the game mechanics aren't all that complicated and can be learned in a relatively short amount of time. The (significant) complexity comes in with all of the million or so abilities that are associated with different factions, technologies, and other types of cards.
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I would be interested.

My brother in law tries to play every year and is deep into the combos that can come into play.
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I'll drop in
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BTW the TwilightWars.com site is still in the process of implementing the game expansion (Prophecy of Kings). At this point they've added parts of the expansion (mechs and exploration), but haven't yet implemented the additional factions or the agents / commanders / heroes.
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Also my friend code is QQaVFS once you have signed up.
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El Guapo wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 10:51 am Also my friend code is QQaVFS once you have signed up.
How do you add friends there?
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Punisher wrote: Tue Jul 16, 2024 1:02 am
El Guapo wrote: Mon Jul 15, 2024 10:51 am Also my friend code is QQaVFS once you have signed up.
How do you add friends there?
Once you are logged in:

(1) Press the profile icon in the upper right
(2) Select "friends" menu
(3) Select "+add friend".
(4) Enter the friend code

Once people are set up / ready I'll start a new game and send out the invites.
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I started a game - Twilight ImperiOOm. I believe these are our players:

Me
Baelthazar
ghostlobster (?)
NickAragua
Punisher
Zarathud

It's a private game, so people need to get invited to join. Once you're signed up just post here (or PM me) with your username and friend code, and I'll add you to my friends and invite you to the game.
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Punisher wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 11:10 am3B5JHg
You have been invited.

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BTW after everyone's invited and the game starts the first thing everyone will do is pick their faction. The list of factions is here. Since the expansion is not yet fully implemented on Twilight Wars the expansion factions are not in the game, so it's just the first list of factions (not the additional ones listed under "Prophecy of Kings").

Feel free to look at the list now and think about which faction you want. IMO every faction is viable in the game so I wouldn't overthink it, but mainly just pick a faction with a cool theme (e.g., do you want to be cyborgs / space elves / plant hive mind / etc.). That said, I'd recommend Sol, Jol-Nar, and maybe Letnev or Mentak as decent beginner factions, as factions that don't have terribly complicated or weird faction mechanics. Also happy to answer any questions about any faction that you're interested in.
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I got the invite email but do not see a way to search for the Gane. Is this only because it hasn't started?
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Punisher wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 12:54 pm I got the invite email but do not see a way to search for the Gane. Is this only because it hasn't started?
Do you see an option anywhere to accept the invite? The other thing is if you click on the submenu in the upper left corner of the page there should be a "games" option. Select that and that should take you to a page that has a tab labeled "Games" and a tab labeled "Lobby". Click on Lobby and see if you can see the game (Twilight ImperiOOm).
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El Guapo wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 1:40 pm
Punisher wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 12:54 pm I got the invite email but do not see a way to search for the Gane. Is this only because it hasn't started?
Do you see an option anywhere to accept the invite? The other thing is if you click on the submenu in the upper left corner of the page there should be a "games" option. Select that and that should take you to a page that has a tab labeled "Games" and a tab labeled "Lobby". Click on Lobby and see if you can see the game (Twilight ImperiOOm).
Nope.
Nothing that says accept invite.
I can see the lobby but can't search it or see the game name.
Also tried filtering by whats in the email and no go.
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Punisher wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 3:46 pm
El Guapo wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 1:40 pm
Punisher wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 12:54 pm I got the invite email but do not see a way to search for the Gane. Is this only because it hasn't started?
Do you see an option anywhere to accept the invite? The other thing is if you click on the submenu in the upper left corner of the page there should be a "games" option. Select that and that should take you to a page that has a tab labeled "Games" and a tab labeled "Lobby". Click on Lobby and see if you can see the game (Twilight ImperiOOm).
Nope.
Nothing that says accept invite.
I can see the lobby but can't search it or see the game name.
Also tried filtering by whats in the email and no go.
NickAragua - how did you manage to accept the invite, and can you guide Punisher on this?
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All invites are out.
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I logged in, went to the top left menu, selected 'games', and the game was visible in the 'lobby' tab. If it helps, I'm using the web application (twilightwars.com) rather than a phone app.
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