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Questions tagged [twilight-imperium]

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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...