Monday, April 13, 2015

#32: Ascending Empires (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Ascending Empires

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 32nd
  • 2012: 23rd
  • 2010: prior to publication
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 446
  • rating: 7.24
Print Status
  • 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 (Catacombs, Carabande, 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.
  • 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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