History Resources

Empire Builders article

Empire Builders article from Reed College Sallyport Jan-Feb 1964 (courtesy Reed College archives)

We have a variety of PDFs, transcripts and email threads available about Empire. Some of them have yet to be posted:

  • The Game Resources section of the site includes historical photos and/or scans of rules, maps and pieces.
  • “Empire Builders” article, from Reed College Sallyport, Jan-Feb 1964
  • Empire ephemera (1967-84?): PDF (12 MB) including many on-campus promotional flyers, and a few in-game materials such as a contract and bank stock.
  • Empire games/players history: PDF (18 MB) with many lists of players and games/countries they played, and dates of games (1967-84). Includes charter and founding membership of the mid-60s “Imperial Club.”
  • J.D. Eveland & Jim Kahan transcript from Storytelling, Reunions, 2004
  • J.D. Eveland Reed College oral history interview excerpt
  • Jim Kahan Reed College oral history interview excerpt
  • Peter Langston on Empire the mainframe game vs Empire the board game
  • Eveland/Kahan/Drake/Phinney email thread, 2011
  • Eveland/Phinney email
  • Kahan/Phinney email
  • Empire Coat of Arms

    Empire Coat of Arms. Motto: It’s Not How You Play... It’s Who Wins (arguably misleading as Empire does not usually have a “winner” per se).

  • Emerson Mitchell / Phinney email
  • McCullough / Nisbet / Phinney email

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