Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Make no mistake, all four “X’s” are included in this game. This is a wargame where the purpose of building your empire is not to feel good about your achievement, but to destroy your enemies and burn their colonies. This is from a review in Boardgamegeek. Sagar and Steve enjoyed playing this last Thursday at the Club. It has a high rating.
The game includes carriers and fighters, mines, cloaking, a very large technology tree, fifteen ship classes from scout to dreadnought, merchant shipping, colonization, mining, terraforming, bases, shipyards, black holes, warp points, and non-player aliens, yet the rules are short and intuitive and the game can be finished on one sitting. This is NOT a game that is hard to get into. The playtest rules are only 8 pages long for the basic game and increase to 11 pages in length when the advanced rules are included. Desinged by Jim Krohn and published by GMT Games.