Western Empires is a big board game. A very, very, very, very, very big board game.
Designed for nine players (though you can go as low as five), and played over the course of around eight hours, it’s the setting for an entire day of expansion, science, trade and battle. You and eight friends/former friends take on the role of a fledgling human civilization somewhere between the Near East and Ireland.
It’s a vast game, one that seems at first glance hugely ambitious, but it’s actually nothing of the sort. For this isn’t really a new game at all; instead it’s a stripped-down remake of Mega Empires, an existing (and hideously expensive) game for 18 players that did the same thing only it stretched from Britain to India.