It's time to play the greatest game in the verse - Twilight Imperium! Don't let the name fool you - this game has nothing to do with teenage vampires who sparkle in the sunlight. It's an epic board game of galactic conquest, politics, and trade! I've had a few people express an interest in learning this game, so that's what the purpose of this meetup will be. TI veterans are welcome, but I want everyone who wants to learn this game to have the opportunity to learn it today.
NOTE: THIS MEETUP IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO PLAY TWILIGHT IMPERIUM! I may create another meetup in the same place at the same time after we get some folks signed up for this one, so that people can come and play other games (in the same way that Ryan sets up Eclipse games from time to time, then Forrest sets up a meetup for everyone else to play games while the others play Eclipse).
Twilight Imperium is my favorite game of all time, but it usually takes all day to play and requires patience and endurance. The time typically flies by, partly because the game is designed so that you don't necessarily have much downtime between turns, partly because there is a great deal of strategy involved, and partly just because it's a really fun game.
Kelly Phipps offered to bring his copy and teach a game as well, so we can fit more folks into the meetup. Ideally I'd like to stick to four people per game, so we can get finished sooner, but we could go up to six if needs be. In my opinion, the game is best played with either four or six people.
If you've had a bad experience learning this game before, I encourage you to give it another chance, as having a good teacher can make a big difference (and Kelly and I are great teachers!). This is Fantasy Flight's flagship game, and as such, is very complex. If you want to play, I encourage you to check out the rules first. I'll explain everything, but there is a lot to digest, and the more familiar you are with the game before we start playing, the faster and smoother the game will go. The rules for the base game and both expansions can be found here.
Because it's such a long game, it's a good idea to bring enough food to last you through the day. If you want to share, great, but don't feel like you have to. I'll have some snacks here for everyone too. And BYOB.
Oh, and after you play the game, you will find the lolcat pic above to be hilariously funny. Hilariously.