Struggle of Empires - Deluxe Edition

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Struggle of Empires - Deluxe Edition is set in the eighteenth century: an age of discovery and sail, a period of colonization and the beginnings of industrialization, and also a time of almost constant warfare in Europe and its far-flung colonies.

You will assume the leadership of one of the seven European major powers of that time and direct its military, economic, and political development to compete with your rival major powers. You will forge alliances, build armies and fleets, establish colonies, improve your economy, wage war, and manage unrest among your citizenry.

You will decide whether to expand in Europe or take control of colonies in the Americas, Africa, and the Far East. If well made, your choices will guide you to victory in the upcoming Struggle of Empires!

The game consists of three major Wars each lasting for 5 or 6 rounds of play depending on the number of players. Each War begins with the formation of two grand alliances of the major powers and represents a period of approximately two decades.

In each round of play, you will perform two actions, and if available, any number of free actions. At the end of each War, you will score victory points based on the relative number of each major power's control markers in each of 11 countries in Europe and the colonies. Although military units can be used to capture or defend control markers, they do not represent control of a country themselves. Your challenge will be to balance your military and economic needs.

Players may take advantage of various tiles and tokens - including local alliances, trade, special abilities, improvements, military tactics, and covert operations - that grant economic, military, and political benefits. It is difficult to win without these.

Gold is essential throughout the game. Although gold is always available through taxation, it comes at the cost of increasing unrest among the citizenry of your nation. Extensive unrest due to over taxation can lead to negative consequences, including the total collapse of your nation!

The era depicted in Struggle of Empires was one in which the barbarous transatlantic slave trade was prominent - centered on what became known as the Gold Coast in western Africa. It has been called one of the greatest tragedies in the history of humanity in terms of scale and duration; and, is often regarded as the first known instance of globalization. In the game, this system is referred to as Gold Coast Commerce.

Mechanics include: Alliances, Area Majority / Influence, Area Movement, Auction/Bidding and Dice Rolling

Players: 2-7
Recommended Age: 13+
Playtime in minutes: 180+


302 cardboard components

  • 1 neutral region markers display
  • 7 player boards
  • 60 coins
  • 100 unrest counters
  • 65 neutral region markets
  • 7 player order markers/ battle odds charts
  • 3 attack differential reminders
  • 9 trade tiles
  • 20 free action tiles
  • 19 improvement tiles
  • 3 military tactics tiles
  • 16 immediate action tiles

384 wooden components

  • 1 war marker
  • 1 game phases marker
  • 1 auction gavel
  • 1 active player marker
  • 2 covert options tokens
  • 98 armies
  • 56 navies
  • 14 forts
  • 140 control markers
  • 2 local alliance markers
  • 7 victory point markers
  • 7 population markers
  • 7 grand population markers
  • 7 grand alliance markers


  • 4 auction markers
  • 2 distant seas movement dice
  • 8 battle dice
  • 2 cloth bags
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 game board