If you read our review of Civilization: The Board Game than you probably know that I love a good empire building game. There’s something great about taking your tribe of people from their early roots to conquering the world. The only downside of those games is the incredibly long playtime they have. You’d be lucky to be able to get an empire building game played in under 3 hours.
That’s where our newest Kickstarter of the Week comes in. Eight-Minute Empire: Legends is a stand alone sequel to the well received Eight Minute Empire game. Eight-Minute Empire is billed as a quick area control game with some tough decisions. While the game probably takes more than 8 minutes to play, general consensus says you can get a game played in about 8-20 minutes. Still an impressive feat for a full game. I should also add that the artwork in the game is very well done and hand painted by the designer. In fact, the whole game company is a one man operation. Besides designing Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, Ryan of Red Raven Games is currently illustrating it, writing the rules, working with the printer, coordinating shipping, answering emails, and promoting the game. He says it’s a lot of work but very rewarding!
From the Kickstarter Page:
Eight-Minute Empire: Legends is a standalone sequel to Eight-Minute Empire and does not require the original game to play. Just like the original board game, players take turns selecting a card from six displayed. The card has an action that the player takes immediately, and actions help players take over the map. But what is new and different in this version?• Instead of goods, cards now have special abilities!
• Special abilities give players unique advantages and ways to break the rules throughout the game.
• Each card has a unique, beautiful illustration of a fantasy creature or location.
• The game includes a modular board for increased variety.
• New variants.
If you missed out on the original Eight-Minute Empire game, there is a combo pledge level to get you both games. And as a bonus, you’ll get the original Eight-Minute Empire this summer instead of having to wait for the new game to be produced. A $25 pledge will get you a copy of Eight-Minute Empire Legends, while a pledge of $55 will get you both games and the expansion board. The game has already hit their funding goal and is close to hitting its 5th stretch goal. You have until Friday, June 14th to back the project, so hurry up if you are interested.