By: Kate Thompson
On December 15th, my partner Neil and I had some friends over to play Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, which my friend Rob had recently procured. Neither of us was particularly familiar with the game. I’d played 3rd edition once approximately a decade ago, and I’m not sure Neil had even heard of the game before. However, I knew he was likely to enjoy it, based on the types of games I know he likes.
We had a great time. Twilight Imperium is an epic game, but it is also simple. Getting the hang of all the rules is a bit of a hurdle, but once you have done that, all you really need to do is make sure you are completing objectives and getting points. Of course, your efficiency at this task can improve over time with familiarization of the game, but that’s the beauty of any good game.
Neil and I had decided not to get each other gifts for Christmas this year. But the day after we played Twilight Imperium, I could tell that he really enjoyed the game. Each silence that day was broken by a revelation or other ponderance about the game. And then, discussions about how we might be able to play the game with only two players.
And then, we were at our local board game cafe (The Board Room in Bedford, Nova Scotia). We were there to buy small games for stocking stuffers and gifts for friends… But I happened to have quite a lot of loyalty points that could be redeemed for a hefty discount on our purchase.
And then, we were walking out of the store not only with small games but also a big one.
And then, we were setting up a 4 player game… when we had but two players.
Long story short, we bought TI4, and this is the story of how we have tried to play it with 2 players!
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