Tuesday, April 19, 2022

#22: Dune: Imperium (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Dune: Imperium
    • rank: 15
    • rating: 8.3
    • published: 2020 
    Print Status
    • in print
    Why It's On The List
    • Despite not being a particularly big fan of Dune (the books or the movies), the game manages to combine deck-building & worker placement to evoke the feel of the Dune universe in an incredibly playable format.
    Tips & Tricks:
    • One of the things I like best about the game is the ability to adapt your tactics/strategy to the character you are playing and the ever-changing board situation.
    • You don't have to win every conflict - in fact, sometimes the smartest thing you can do is let two other opponents duke it out and save your troops for a later battle. 
    • The House Hagal mechanic (an AI deck) makes sure that 2 player games have enough filled board space without complicating the game unnecessarily.
    • I've played the game at all player counts (1-4 players) and enjoyed them all.
    • The Rise of Ix expansion has some great twists/additions to the game... highly recommended.
    • The solo design uses the House Hagal deck to create two feisty AI opponents - making this the eleventh of 18 games recommended for solo play on my top 100.
    • The app (available as part of the Dire Wolf games app) automates the House Hagal deck and helps walk you through set-up... as well as offering some alternate play modes.
    • This is the second of two Paul Dennen designs on my list. 

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