SaltCon 2015: Eight-Minute Empire
This wonderful board game both designed and illustrated by Ryan Laukat is a quick strategy game that is as challenging as it is beautiful. The best way to explain this game is to say that it’s almost a simpler and quicker version of Risk. Your goal is to take over continents with your armies and gather resources with turn cards in order to score more victory points. There are only 13 total turns in a two-player game, so you must choose your moves wisely. It seems simple enough at first glance but, with your limited turns and armies, it really requires quite a bit of forethought and planning. The base game comes with a double-sided board that has 2 maps to play, but you can also buy another double-sided map through Red Raven Games. The artwork on the maps and the cards are just beautiful, which makes the game even more enjoyable. I hope that even more maps become available for this game to keep it fresh. This is definitely one of my new favorite games, and I would recommend it to anyone of any age.