Europe in the age of imperialism. Internationally operating investors aim for the highest political influence in Europe. By giving credits they gain influence over the six imperial nations Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy and France.
These nations desperately need money to build up their economy and to buy troops and fleets. With their growing power in Europe, they collect more taxes and pay their rising interests to their investors.
Because the six imperial nations are under changing influence of different investors, strategic alliances and conflicts arise between them. Sometimes this leads even to war!
The players represent internationally operating investors who stay in the background. The turns in the game are executed by the six imperial nations, not by the investors themselves, who only impose their financial influence onto various nations.
Only the investor who gets the best return on his investments, who gains influence over the most powerful imperial nations, and who can influence the European diplomacy to his benefit, may win the game.
Imperial is a challenging strategy game without any luck of cards or dice. Two to six players, from about twelve years and up, take on the role of imperial investors. The duration of the game is about two to three hours.
Imperial was published in Essen, October 2006.
2010 BoardGamer.ru Gamer's Game of the Year.
2007 Spiel des Jahres Recommendation.
2007 International Gamers Award - Finalist
2007 Deutscher Spiele Preis 7th.
2007 Hall of Games - Wiener Spiele Akademie Entry.
2006 Jogo do Ano (Game of the Year, Portugal) Winner.
2 to 6 Players
120 to 180 Minutes
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 09 January 2018