Empires in America 2nd Edition

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Defend New France in this solitaire States of SiegeTM game of the French and Indian War. Now in an upgraded boxed edition, which includes the first edition content along with the expansion kit!

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Created by veteran designer Joe Miranda, Empires in America is a States of SiegeTM on The French and Indian War. With riveting solitaire gameplay action, you must command the beleaguered colony of New France, from Halifax to the Ohio Valley, while Britain and her American colonies press in from all sides as war rages from the fortress of Québec to the Monongahela. Employing Leaders to command opposing Armies, Empires in America presents a new focus on the important historical personages of this era such as Montcalm, Wolfe, and even a young George Washington. These Leaders establish their reputations as their fortunes wax and wane on campaign across the far-flung frontiers of colonial North America.

Can the Montréal Militia and Algonquin Indians defeat General Braddock’s redcoats before they reach Fort Duquesne? Can your Troupes de la Marine stop Rogers’ Rangers at Fort Ticonderoga? Will the Royal Navy sail up the St. Lawrence River to support operations against Québec? Can court intrigue at Versailles undermine the machinations of William Pitt (the Elder)? Find out as you develop, fortify, and defend New France in Empires in America.

Now in an upgraded boxed edition, which includes the first edition content along with the expansion kit!

What's In The Box?:


•   One 24-page, full-color Rulebook
•   One 17" x 22" paper game map (in two pieces)
•   40 color, die-cut 5/8" mounted two-sided game pieces
•   12 color, die-cut 3/4" mounted two-sided game pieces
•   75 "Historique" cards
•   One Red, one Blue, and two White 6-sided dice
•   One bright red, 9" x 11 7/8" Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet

Credits:


Game Design: Joseph Miranda
States of Siege System: Darin Leviloff
Game Development and Documentation: Alan Emrich
Component Art and Game Map: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Paul Aceto, Jim Antell, Brian Burns, Mark Desjardins, Wes Erni, Nathan Hansen, Lonnie Heinke, Hayne Palmer, Carl Paradis, Earl Perkins
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Joseph Leonard, Rick Partin, Jim Silsby, Jr., Eric Teoro, Leigh Toms, Emanuele Vicentini, Karen Wolterman

Special thanks: Adrian Prodi

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players Solitaire
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 50 minutes
Difficulty 3
Solitaire Suitability 9
Designer Joe Miranda
Developer Alan Emrich

Reviews

Empires in America 2nd Edition by The Raft (Wargaming Adventures)
I am very impressed by the game. The mechanics are very clever and the narrative is captivating. The short paragraphs with background information printed on the cards are a great idea, as they give a succinct historical context to the event or action happening.The game is difficult enough to require good planning and some hard decisions. It may be more difficult to win than Pandemic, but due to the event cards and the dice rolling there is also more luck involved. Still it always feels as if it’s your decision that matters – for example, I lost my second game due to neglecting Murray’s approach along the St. Lawrence and realising too late that he was at the gates of Montréal. Our victory felt like a real achievement and had some dramatic and memorable events.
Empires in America 2nd Edition by Brad vanVugt (Tabletop for One)
Picking up Empires in America on a whim, I would’ve been happy with a game that provided me with an occasional distraction for the times when the time needed to dedicate to a more vast solo wargame wasn’t in the cards. It was a pleasant surprise to instead get a very engaging and fun game that I will revisit many more times. It also seems one of the best titles to introduce yourself to the States of Siege series of games before diving into more complex titles like Cruel Necessity. If you’re looking for a fun solo wargame that you can squeeze into an 60 minute playtime, I heartily recommend checking out Empires in America.
Empires in America 2nd Edition by Brad vanVugt (Tabletop for One)
Picking up Empires in America on a whim, I would’ve been happy with a game that provided me with an occasional distraction for the times when the time needed to dedicate to a more vast solo wargame wasn’t in the cards. It was a pleasant surprise to instead get a very engaging and fun game that I will revisit many more times. It also seems one of the best titles to introduce yourself to the States of Siege series of games before diving into more complex titles like Cruel Necessity. If you’re looking for a fun solo wargame that you can squeeze into an 60 minute playtime, I heartily recommend checking out Empires in America.
Empires in America 2nd Edition by Toys Bulletin
Empires in America – The French and Indian War is a game of massive scale. The game designer, Joe Miranda, successfully puts you right in the middle of the conflict, and our knowledge of this historic war increased beyond anything we could have imagined. ... Three of our staff members, including me, played the game and we all agreed that Empires in America – The French and Indian War is a significant achievement in board games. The game can be completed in less than 60 minutes, surprisingly short for a game such as this, and the replay value is very high.
Sometimes the Adventure Chooses You by Tracy Baker (The Lonely Meeple)
Empires in America is a perfect marriage of an engine to a theme. If you are a newcomer to States of Siege games, want to see why the system is so popular, and are interested in the theme, this is a perfect introduction. ... For someone like me who dearly values narrative Empires in America is sublime. It lets you try to steer a leaky, ponderous ship being battered by whimsical winds and waves, contributing to a story that has multiple authors and editors. When I have a few hours to game by myself this is exactly how I prefer to spend them.
Empires in America 2nd Edition by Howard Andrew Jones (Black Gate Magazine)
I appreciate this new improved version even more than I did the first, in part because I’ve played many more games since 2012 and understand and appreciate the “engine” a lot more. But even were I new to it I believe I’d see that Empires in America is, quite simply, a grand little game, and I think it will bring pleasure for years to come...

Two thumbs way up for this one.