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Imperial 2030 gets the review it deserves

Meh.

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Written by taogaming

June 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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  1. I think Imperial 2030 is a nice improvement on vanilla Imperial, although difficult to justify the purchase if you already own the original. If you’re interested in the game and have the choice, I’d go for 2030 – the map is more interesting and the altered taxation rules put a bit more money into the system.

    meowsqueak

    June 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

  2. I gather from your twitter post that you’re not a fan of the original game. I think Imperial is a very good game, whose only crime is that it can be a bit fragile. In fact, in most of my games, at least one person has felt dissatisfied with how the game played out (although the one time that person was me, I knew perfectly well that the fault was mine and exactly how I had screwed up). I think the design’s sweet spot is four players and it should only be played with six with people who are enthusiastic about and very good at the game.

    2030 seems to be an improvement on the original, but as all the refinements are small ones, it feels more like an elaborate expansion than a new game. If both are available, I’d prefer 2030, but if all I owned was straight Imperial, I’d be perfectly happy playing it.

    Larry Levy

    June 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

  3. 2030 seems to be an improvement on the original, but as all the refinements are small ones, it feels more like an elaborate expansion than a new game.

    That’s what I said. Just, you know, succinctly.

    taogaming

    June 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    • I really like Imperial. I dont like 2030 as much, the board is bigger so it feels like there are ‘too many’ territories, not as much conflict early in the game. I like Imperial better, but that might be biased by me playing it many times and 2030 once.

      Alexfrog

      June 16, 2010 at 11:58 pm


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