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Twilight Imperium is a series of epic empire-building games of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. This tag is for the entire series of the game. Please add the the version specific tag for questions about a particular version.

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Twilight Imperium V4: Can I bribe a player to not attack me for two turns but pay him the trade goods at the end of the second turn?

In a Twilight Imperium 4 game I was afraid of a player and proposed the following deal in my turn: You don't attack me for two turns and at the end of your second turn I give you 2 trade goods. Then ...
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When playing skilled retreat do fighters need to be transported?

The skilled retreat card reads Move all of your ships from the active system into an adjacent system that does not contain another player's ships; the space combat ends in a draw. Then, place a ...
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What are the benefits of controlling Mecatol Rex?

Control of Mecatol Rex is very important to the story of TI, so I assume it's also an important part of gameplay. When I first read the rules I was surprised to learn that controlling MR does not ...
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How to secretly choose factions that become public later?

I'm looking for a website/tool/method that will allow my (in-person) group to submit their faction choices in advance without anyone knowing what it is. Then once everyone has submitted it can be made ...
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Timing of the Titans of Ul Abilities

The Titans of Ul have five abilities that can all potentially trigger around activating a system: Scanlink Drone Network [Starting Technology]: When you activate a system, you may explore 1 planet in ...
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Can the Hil Colish (Ghosts of Creuss Flagship) move through it's own wormhole in TI4?

The Hil Colish has the ability. This ship's system contains a delta wormhole. During movement, this ship may move before or after your other ships. Can the Hil Colish use it's own wormhole (such as ...
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Twilight Imperium without the Agenda phase

The agenda phase in Twilight Imperium 4th edition feels a little "bolted on", and adds a lot of time to an already long game for not that much impact. I'm considering a house rule to remove ...
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Twilight Imperium’s ‘Spend resources’ Objectives

How do one score objectives that require spending resources, like ‘Erect a Monument’ (‘Spend 8 resources’) or ‘Sway the Council’ (‘Spend 8 influence’)? Do you have to spend it specifically to fulfill ...
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Can you activate a system where you have no units and not move any units?

In Twilight Imperium, when you activate a system, you don't have to move units. The rules for Movement say: The player may choose to not move any ships. This rule appears to be for the purpose of ...
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Multiple riders on the same agenda

In Twilight Imperium 4th edition, a rider is a category of action card that says: After an agenda is revealed: You cannot vote on this agenda. Predict aloud an outcome of this agenda. If your ...
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PDS II space cannons of third-party players

The PDS II upgrade allows your PDS units to use their Space Cannon abilities on adjacent systems (as does the Xxcha Flagship). How does this work for third-parties involved in the combat? For the ...
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Who choses the targets of the Exotrireme II's ability in Twilight Imperium?

In Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, the Sardakk N'orr have a special version of the Dreadnaught called the Exotrireme. The upgraded version of this, the Exotrireme II has the ability: After a round ...
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Hypermetabolism in Twilight Imperium

In Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, the card Hypermetabolism reads: During the status phase, gain 2 command tokens instead of 1 You already get 2 command tokens during the status phase, and is ...
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Does the Jol-Nar promissory note allow the recipient to research faction technology unit upgrades?

The promissory note for the Jol-Nar in twilight-imperium (4th ed) reads as: After the Jol-Nar player researches a technology that is not a faction technology: Gain that technology. Then, return this ...
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How do I deal with 'take backsies', particularly in Twilight Imperium? [duplicate]

I was playing twilight-imperium with an opponent who would often 'take back' or 'adjust' moves. In general I'm OK with this if: The player is new to the game It is a minor tweak on a part of the ...
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Can the player choose a different player as a target?

In a Twilight Imperium (3rd edition) game, when the "Checks and balances (LAW)" card is in play, which states When a player chooses a Strategy Card during the Strategy Phase, he must give the ...
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Twilight Imperium 2 Planetary Defence Units per planet question

So I was reading the rules for PDS units using the Deep Space Cannon technology and I want to be positive I understand it correctly. So if an enemy faction puts a control marker down and moves ships ...
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Is there a way to play Twilight Imperium's "age of empire" variant with Shattered Empire's strategy cards?

The third edition of Twilight Imperium has become one of the most-played games as of late, and we have finally begun to incorporate the first expansion into the game. In the core TI3 rules is an ...
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Why do some players get starting trade goods in 7 player TI3?

In 7 player Twilight Imperium there are 3 starting positions that get trade goods at the beginning of the game. The position that gets 6 trade goods is obviously worse than the others. The two that ...
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How do you pronounce "Hacan" in Twilight Imperium?

One of the iconic races in Twilight Imperium are The Emirates of Hacan. However, there is no pronunciation guide. I can think of many ways it could be pronounced: HA-KAN /hɑkɑn/, rhymes with "spa ...
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Do rules revert to 4 player rules midgame if someone gets eliminated?

When playing a 5 or more player game of Twilight Imperium and someone is completely removed from the game, do you revert to picking two strategy cards each as per a 4 player game?
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Are there any playable Twilight Imperium 2 player variants?

I love TI 3rd edition, but can't always get together 3 players willing to commit the amount of time it takes to play a game. Are there any 2 player variants of this game?
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Deep Space cannons: how many times can they shoot?

In Twilight Imperium 3rd ed you may get a technology advance that lets your PDS fire to a system adjacent to the one that contains them: The Deep Space Cannons. The rules of firing in their same ...
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Do bombardment counts for "invading planets"?

The rules specify that: Ground Forces destroyed by bombardment are removed immediately, do not receive return fire, and will not participate in the upcoming Invasion Combat. However, some ...
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Do the Saar need to wait a whole round to build a Space Dock?

Most races in Twilight Imperium need to wait a whole round in order to build a Space Dock from the moment they take control of a system, that is because of the following requirement in the rules (...
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What happens if an action card makes another queued action card impossible?

Last game, the situation arose where I scored a hit on a dreadnaught and played Direct Hit!. My brother then quickly grabbed his Emergency Repairs card. Direct Hit! reads: Play: "Immediately ...
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TI3 - Why go for Spec Ops Training?

In Twilight Imperium, the Federation of Sol have been given this as their secondary race tech: Spec Ops Training (5) Each time you roll a 1 during Invasion Combat, you may reroll the die. You ...
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Is Felray's ability global or local?

This lovely lady is Felrey, a mercenary from the new expansion for Twilight Imperium 3rd edition. She's rather fast, but has limited evasion. The question surrounds her special ability. Some of the ...
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If I play an action card and it is sabotaged, can I take another action?

If I play an action card as an action and another player plays sabotage on it, can I take another action or is my action considered taken already?
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Is there a single player PC game with similar mechanics to Twilight Imperium? [closed]

I recently started playing Twilight Imperium, and it's a blast. I really like the political aspect, technology aspect, and the mobilization of fleets. I really wish there was a PC game similar to this....
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In vanilla Twilight Imperium 3rd ed., should you always take Imperial if it's available?

Sometimes, when we're playing Twilight Imperium, if we're in a tight spot or a position to advance, our play group tends to pick the strategy that will help their board position (for instance, ...
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If an action card turns a planet neutral, are the space docks and PDS units on it destroyed?

If an opponent plays a card such as Local Unrest and targets my last ground force on the planet, that planet is turned neutral. When that happens, do I lose any PDS's and Space Docks on that planet, ...
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Reducing the Imperial strategy's power in Twilight Imperium

I've played Twilight Imperium (3rd edition) a couple times with friends now, and we keep noticing the same thing: no amount of fancy maneuvering, planet conquest, etc. gets people enough victory ...
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What are the requirements for progress?

I've lost galactic progress map for Twilight Imperium 2 edition. So now we can only play till one person obviously dominates all the others, which takes a lot of time. Each progress step requirements ...
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How can you make Twilight Imperium games not take forever?

I really like Twilight Imperium (3rd edition), but I haven't really enjoyed my time playing it due to the long playtimes. I've played one 4-player game, two 6-player, and one 8-player game. The ...
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Is it a good idea in TI:3 to play with fixed alliances?

Whenever we play TI:3, we play free-for-all. Of course, during play you can make agreements with fellow players whom you are still free to backstab later. I was thinking about playing with fixed teams,...
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Is there a situation or way that a sabotage run is a good idea in TI:3?

I have often considered using the optional rule of a sabotage run on a War Sun, but have always decided it would be a waste of fighters. I was wondering if there exists a situation when you might want ...
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