Sunday, February 09, 2020

#27: Ascending Empires (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)



Ascending Empires

  • rank: 975
  • rating: 7.18
Print Status
  • way out of print
Why It's On The List
  • For a game of space conquest (complete with a tech tree), it zips along at a blistering pace. Turns are short, decisions are tricky, scores are close, and there are multiple ways to victory. Plus, you get to flick stuff!
Tips & Tricks:
  • As much as I love flicking games (CatacombsCarabande, etc.), the flicking here is not the whole game - it's just a part of a much larger space-empire building game.
  • The game scales really well from 2-4 players - which is odd, considering it has a four-quadrant map.
  • There are even some official variants for the game posted on the Geek... both of which are quite good.
  • Combat is NOT the most important thing in the game.While you can't ignore it, it won't win you the game by itself.
Extras
  • My Opinionated Gamers review of Ascending Empires... with lots more information and my thoughts on all the whining about the puzzle-cut boards.

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