The Empire series was started by Walter Bright in the seventies, with version 1.0. In the late eighties, Walter Bright and Mark Baldwin took the game and put it on the PC. This version of Empire, (version 2.0), is called “Empire Wargame of the Century”. It was quite popular, and I remember many sleepless nights playing this game.
In the early to mid 1990’s, coming off the success of the Tank Battle game The Perfect General, Mark Baldwin and Bob Rakosky took Empire Wargame of The Century, added some units and rules, and created Empire Deluxe. (version 3.0).
For those new to the Empire Series, the basic objective of Empire Deluxe is global domination on a strategic scale. Players start in random positions, produce units, and expand over a randomly generated map. Empire Deluxe is actually many games in one. It has a Basic, Standard, and Advance Rule Set, which allow the user to experience Empire the earlier way, or to use the rules and units added by Baldwin.
The units in the game are generic in nature, with Infantry, Armor, Fighters, Bombers, Transports, Destroyers, Submarines, Cruisers, Battleships and Aircraft Carriers. It is up to the player to determine the production of these units and effectively use them to overcome his opponents.
There are up to six participants in the struggle for total control. The opponents can be a mix of Computer Players and Human players. The Human opponents can participate via Hot-Seat play, Play-By-Email, or remotely via LAN or Internet play. Even though Empire Deluxe has over a decade of history, there is still a strong community in which players looking for opponents and even compete in yearly tournaments to see who truly is the best.
The game is more than just six players on a random map. The game also contains a map and scenario editor so that you can build worlds of up to 254x254 squares and add cities and even units. Hundreds of very detailed maps and scenarios have been generated over time, covering various worlds and battles, real and imagined.
So if you want the turn based strategy game that still keeps people up at all hours of the night, this is the one for you!
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I've included the manual in Pdf format,which you will need after install