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Game: Imperial Struggle
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 22
Date: 4/18/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Video How to Play – Imperial Struggle – Part 3 – War Turn

In part 2 of their series of tutorials on how to play Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games, our friends at the The Boardgames Chronicle showed us what to do in the Peace Turn and now, in part 3, we learn how to play the War turn.
Article ID: 21
Date: 4/10/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Video How to Play – Imperial Struggle – Part 2 – Peace Turn

The Boardgames Chronicle continues their "how-to" series on playing Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games. This video covers the Peace Turn.
Article ID: 20
Date: 4/4/2021
Poster:
Video How to Play – Imperial Struggle – Part 1 – game set-up and turn preparation

Imperial Struggle by GMT Games is an intriguing new design akin to its predecessor, Twilight Struggle. The Boardgames Chronicle starts a series of videos that teaches you how to play the game. In this, part one, they describe how the game is organised and go through one of the most critical processes in planning your turn – the Events & Ministry Cards..
Article ID: 19
Date: 12/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
2020 Imperial Struggle VASSAL Tournament – Round 2 & 3

The Boardgames Chronicle reports on their online Vassal tournament results of GMT Games' Imperial Struggle. They also publish the tournament rules.
Article ID: 18
Date: 11/29/2020
Poster: Mark D.
One of the Top 3 War Game Suggestions for Christmas 2020 (Part 1: New Releases)

Recommendations from the diligent folks at The Boardgames Chronicle for the Top 3 war games to buy for Christmas 2020!
Article ID: 17
Date: 11/16/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial strategic considerations

"I would like to use the opportunity to share some strategy considerations. By no means below list is a full and complete set of defined strategies. Imperial Struggle is too good game to have one path to victory – it is deep, immerse, multi-layer with some small element of luck – mainly in awards and commodities drawing (see example here). However, there are some things and ideas you should be aware of and which become obvious with more games and experience.", The Boardgames Chronicle provides us with their strategy analysis of Imperial Struggle by GMT Games.
Article ID: 16
Date: 11/1/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – online play options – Vassal vs. Tabletop Simulator

The recent pandemic has forced many of us to turn to online playing options for many of our games. I only recently discovered Tabletop Simulator after using Vassal for many years. The Boardgames Chronicle takes a look at both modalities using Imperial Struggle by GMT Games to help them decide which platform they prefer.
Article ID: 15
Date: 10/27/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
2020 Imperial Struggle VASSAL Tournament

The Boardgames Chronicle is very excited about the new Vassal tournament of Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games. In this article they give a short primer of the tournament rules followed by a summary of the Round 1 results.
Article ID: 14
Date: 10/9/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 5

The Players Aid continues its action point series on Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games. In this Action Point, which is the conclusion to the series, they discuss how a Turn is scored with the three major scoring categories of Regional Scoring, Prestige Scoring and Global Demand Scoring and how Automatic victory conditions can be achieved.
Article ID: 13
Date: 9/22/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 4

In Action Point 4 of their series on Imperial Struggle by GMT Games, The Players Aid covers the Game Sequence, the differences between Peace and War Turns, Action Rounds and the different actions available including Diplomatic, Military and Economic Actions.
Article ID: 12
Date: 9/10/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 3

The Players Aid continues its evaluation of Imperial Struggle by GMT Games. In this third action point they cover the Event cards and the Ministry cards and how they fit into the overall design of the game.
Article ID: 11
Date: 9/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – very early review and first impressions

Imperial Struggle by GMT Games seems to be the hot game in the hobby right now and The Boardgames Chronicle gives us their first impressions after playing the first game. They conclude that the game is , "For all people who love history and like to play good, medium-complex political / war games. Most fans of Twilight Struggle should be thrilled.".
Article ID: 10
Date: 8/26/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid brings us Action Point 2 in the further analysis of Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games. In this Action Point, they examine the very interesting limited action selection mechanic using the Investment Tiles and the Advantage Tiles that enhance them and what that means for the player and their efforts.
Article ID: 9
Date: 8/14/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 1

Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games in the opinion of the Players Aid, is even better than Its parent game, Twilight Struggle and states,". I didn’t think that was possible but it is!" Imperial Struggle deals with what historians refer to as the Second Hundred Year’s War and covers the period of 1697 through 1789 stretching over four different wars. Here, the Players Aid starts another one of their action point series covering the map, the very interesting limited action selection mechanic using the Investment Tiles, the various Event Cards and Ministry Cards to get an idea for how these fit into the design, and the Game Sequence including the differences between Peace and War Turns.
Article ID: 8
Date: 8/11/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial game set-up analysis

The Boardgames Chronicle writes, "While I deem it too early to provide a definitive review or a solid strategy guide for Imperial Struggle, some aspects can be definitely analyzed. One of them is of course the initial set-up of the game, which is specific to each nation and provides different opportunities. What follows is analysis of major game dimensions with brief summary. More detailed article – what to do with those opportunities – will follow once I play more games of that fantastic title."
Article ID: 7
Date: 8/3/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle AAR – a crushing French victory

The Boardgames Chronicle shares one of their play sessions of Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games which surprisingly ended pretty quickly in a crushing French victory!. What chain of events lead to it? Take a look at this photo-session report.
Article ID: 6
Date: 7/31/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[Jawa Reviews] - Imperial Struggle

Much like its predecessor, Twilight Struggle, the sequel, Imperial Struggle by GMT Games centers around spreading your control across the map with victory points being awarded for dominance in different regions of the board during the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. . Nick Rice writes a review and gives his thoughts on this much-anticipated game.
Article ID: 5
Date: 7/13/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Imperial Struggle – Moe's Game Table - Unboxing

Moe of Moe's Game Table fame, provides a video review of GMT's "Imperial Struggle".
Article ID: 4
Date: 7/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial after action report

Imperial Struggle, published by GMT games, is a two-player game depicting the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. It has been eagerly awaited and favorably compared to its brethren, Twilight Struggle. With words like "deep, thematic, fun", the Boardgames Chronicle brings us their first after action reports and admits to being hooked!
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/6/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Playtesting Imperial Struggle

"…you may not see much testing of strategies that don’t make historical sense…". Designer Ananda Gupta considers the impact that different kinds of play testing can have on a game, and offers an update on his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle, The Global Rivalry between Britain and France, 1697 – 1789. So, which kind of playtesters "…give good feedback on [a game's] curb appeal."?
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/22/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Imperial Struggle Development Update: Ministry Deck, Event Cards, and New Art!

"…the game felt too symmetric…". Designer Ananda Gupta discusses ongoing development with his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle, The Global Rivalry between Britain and France, 1697 – 1789. Check out the intriguing way this concern has been dealt with: "…the creation of the Ministry deck."
Article ID: 1
Date: 1/10/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
A Struggle Anew: Imperial Struggle and Its Older Cousin

"...Events are the wild cards that can turn a marginal play into a thunderclap…". Ananda Gupta offers some insights into how his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle compares and contrasts with Twilight Struggle. Like the mindset: "…what we want to get at in Imperial Struggle is that the world is there for the taking."