Space Empires: 4X


Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Each player builds up a space empire and uses it to conquer the other players. Exploration on the mounted map is simple for players (and dangerous for their ships), revealing different space terrain that affects movement and combat.

Space Empires was developed to keep a rich theme without over-complicated rules. The game includes carriers and fighters, mines, cloaking, a very large technology tree, fifteen ship classes, merchant shipping, colonization, mining, terraforming, bases, shipyards, black holes, warp points, and non-player aliens. Yet the rules are short and intuitive: The basic rules are 8 pages long and increase to 11 pages in length when the advanced rules are included.

Designer: Jim Krohn
Publisher: GMT Games
Player numbers: 1-4 Players
Recommended Age: 12+
Game Time: 180 minutes

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Awards & Honours:

2011 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
2011 Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame Winner
2011 Charles S. Roberts Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board Wargame Nominee

Space Empires Board Game Expansions:

Space Empires: All Good Things
Space Empires: Close Encounters
Space Empires: Replicators

What’s in the box? Space Empires: 4X Contents:

One mounted map (backprinted)
Four counter sheets
One Pad of Player Aid Sheets
Four 2-sided Player Reference Cards
16-page full-colour Rule Book
16-page full-colour Play Book
4 10-sided dice


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