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August 21, 2014: Crowdfunding Focus: Eight-Minute Empire

I got to play Eight-Minute Empire, by Ryan Laukat, at the game room here at Worldcon. I got back to my computer and turned to the Internet to learn more, and found out that not only is there a second version called Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, but a supplement for Legends is on Kickstarter now.

If you have the game already, the supplement would be a good bet. And if you've never played Eight-Minute Empire, I recommend it! It takes several standard Euro mechanics and blends them elegantly, making for an area-control game that's very easy to learn but still challenges the players to make good decisions. From the very first turn, you see the end of the game looming, and you can't do everything at once! I haven't been in a game that finished in eight minutes yet, but we've never taken more than 20.

-- Steve Jackson

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