Empire players 1963 B

J.D. Eveland, Alan Arey, Jim Trosper and Peter Clark playing Empire in 1963. Image courtesy Reed College archives.

Empire is a turn-based economic and political (and very occasionally military) strategy board game, with roots going back to 1938, mostly developed in the 1960s and 70s by Reed College students in Portland, Oregon. It is complex and addictive, rewarding careful long-range planning, but at the same time it allows for free-form creativity (with the consensus of other players).

Since February 2011, this web site has been dedicated to compiling and preserving:

  • History of Empire, both in summary and detail, including historical game materials, ephemera, photos, oral histories, interviews and reminiscences of those involved
  • Game resources, whether for historical value, nostalgia for people who played long ago, or so that people can print/assemble and play their own copy of Empire, either with physical pieces or virtually by email, etc. Maps and rules are ready, pieces are in the works.
  • Community of people who have played Empire over the years, and those who are playing it today

For site news and update info, see the blog.

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