Board Game Gumbo: After The Empire - Kickstarter First Impressions

Board Game Gumbo: After The Empire - Kickstarter First Impressions

One of my favorite podcasts, Draft Mechanic, recently designed a brand new shirt for sale: It’s called “Thematic Euros”, with a giant wooden cube soldier emblazoned on the front complete with helmet, sword arm and legs sticking out of the block. I bought it right away; it represents everything I love about the marriage between elegant mechanics and a cool theme. But, a great shirt needs a good game to geaux with it!

And here comes After The Empire, Grey Fox Games’ latest offering. The enemies are at the gates! Rome has fallen, both from internal politics and external threats, leaving its extensive territories to fend for themselves. As the liege of one of those lands it now falls to you alone to protect your people and property from the seemingly endless hordes of invaders looking to loot and pillage. At the same time refugees are fleeing to your lands for protection, bringing along with them a plethora of skills that will surely help your new kingdom prosper. Build up your defenses to protect what’s yours from the enemy while also ensuring the prosperity of your lands by bringing in refugees and constructing useful buildings.

Welcome to After The Empire! The folks at Grey Fox Games were kind enough to provide us with a prototype copy for this first look. The art and components are definitely not final, but give you a good look at what will be in the Kickstarter campaign.

Without spoiling this first look too much, know that After The Empireis one of the most thematic euro experiences we’ve had in a long, long time. Let’s take a look.

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For the rest of the preview, including even more pictures, click here.

—BJ @boardgamegumbo

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