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    The great game of civilizations

    Western Empires is a board game for 5 to 9 players and covers the development of ancient civilizations over 8000 years of history.

    The players lead their civilizations, as they expand and collapse, from the stone age, through the bronze age to the end of the iron age. Western Empires provides a full day of fun for larger groups, but also includes shorter game scenarios for a night of fun with only 5 friends.

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    Western Empires is not a wargame, as it may seem at first glance, but rather it is a game about history, culture, trade, development, and… calamities. Players develop their own unique civilization in arts, crafts, science, civics and religion.

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    Special Buildings Expansion

    This Special Buildings Expansion is an expansion to Western Empires and contains 9 unique miniature buildings in total, 1 for each playable civilization. During the game players may choose to construct a special building which grants specific benefits and victory points. The Western Empires Special Buildings Expansion can be combined with Eastern Empires and the Eastern Empires Special Buildings Expansion altogether.

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    9 Civilizations to play for

    The game can be played by 5 to up to 9 players, each representing a historic civilization that flourished around the Mediterranean Sea. Players can choose between the Celts, the Iberians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Minoans, the Hellenes, the Assyrians, the Hattians or the Egyptians

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    We go way back

    In the mid 2000s both John Rodriguez living in Texas and Flo de Haan, living in the Netherlands picked up the idea to expand and develop their favorite game by Francis Tresham: Civilization. Maps grew bigger, accommodating more players, and more development was done. As soon as Flo and John met through a forum, they decided to work together to develop a new bigger game, each on either side of the ocean. A new approach with new original rules, stepping away from the original. In the meantime Gerart de Haan joined, and it took about ten years of development and testing, as 18 players is not a team you gather every week.

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    Own a copy of Mega Civilization?

    What’s the difference?

    Rather than developing a game for 18 players straight, Mega Empires was initially designed as two equally divisible stand alone games, Western Empires and Eastern Empires. Both games could be played stand-alone with 5-9 players, or – big fun –  be combined into a single big game: the full Mega Empires. It took a lot of effort to make either side equally balanced, as both maps are completely different. When playing the combined game, either side may appear to completely separated to start with, but as the game evolves civilizations will mix up and player may find their population scattered around the full map.

    This edition, Western Empires, is obviously the Western part of both sides. This can be played by 5-9 players, but leaves a door open to combine the game with a potential future release of Eastern Empires. This will
    not be an expansion, but rather a second stand-alone game, just as Western Empires, but with a different theme and mapboard. Eastern Empires will eventually bring new cultures, new flavor, but most importantly, a new playing challenge to the game.

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    Errata kit

    As some of you may know, 6 Advance cards in Mega Civilization contained some errors. The new updated cards will be printed alongside the production of Western Empires.

    With the Errata kit you will receive 2 replacement packs, each containing 77 cards. Together with a new and improved manual, these cards will be available to anyone interested who owns a copy of Mega Civilization. We won’t charge anything and are currently looking for ways to minimize shipping costs for anyone interested.

    So, if you own Mega Civilization, and if you are interested in the Errata Kit and haven’t already signed up for the new print run on BGG, please make sure to let us know by sending an e-mail to

    Upgrade kit

    We didn’t put 18 copies of each advance in Mega Civilization as these cards wouldn’t be acquired by so many people during the game. This was a conscious decision to save on production costs and space in the box, both of which were in favour of the selling price. However, we noticed that some of you actually prefer having 18 copies of each advances nonetheless. Therefore, we have listened to you, the players, and apart from the Errata Kit we will also produce an upgrade kit for Mega Civilization which would make sure that game owners have 18 copies of each advance. This upgrade kit will be up for sale some time in 2019, so keep an eye out on the message boards where will we tell you how to sign up for the upgrade.

    So, finally, the wheels are set in motion once again. We are very much looking forward to 2019 and you can expect a lot of new and exciting stuff concerning Mega Empires to follow. We consider ourselves lucky to see such an engaged community of fans of the game. So, please let us know your thoughts on the BGG-forum for Mega Civilization and Western Empires. Flo, John and Gerart will answer your questions. And even though 999 Games may not actively take part in the discussions (as much as we’d like to hang out on BGG all day, unfortunately there is a lot of other work to do) that doesn’t mean that we don’t see or read your comments.

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