Empire is a fun party game that can be played indoors or outdoors with friends, family members, and loved ones. What’s cool about Empire is that it can also be played by people of all ages, which means kids and adults can play the game at the same time. This party game has really simple gameplay mechanics, making it easy to learn, but there are also different strategies involved when you want to win efficiently. To know how it is played, here is a short guide to Empire.
Empire can be played by five or more players, but it would be ideal to have ten to twenty players to make the game more exciting. Before the start of the game, all players would need to choose who will be the facilitator.
Once the facilitator has been chosen, all players must then grab a piece of paper and a pen, which they will use to each write one name of a famous person or character. The person or character can be anyone famous, so, it can be a US president, a popular cartoon character, or an iconic painter during the Renaissance period. If there are kids in the group, all players must make sure that they write names that children know, so there shouldn’t be complicated names.
It is crucial to note that during the writing process, the facilitator and the other players must not see what a player is writing. After all players are done writing their chosen names, each player must pass their piece of paper to the facilitator. Then, the facilitator would compile a list of the players’ names and the names that the players have written. Once the facilitator has finished writing the list, he would then tell all the players the names of the popular people or characters on the list without saying the names of the players.
The game would then begin when the group of players is in a circle formation. All players have a choice of sitting down or standing up while playing the game. On the other hand, the facilitator may join the formation, or he or she can stand or sit away from the circle. The facilitator would then choose the player that will go first. If the facilitator is unable to choose while in the circle, he or she can just pick the one standing to his or her left, and the game’s turns would then continue in a clockwise manner. If the facilitator is not in the circle, the players can choose the one that will go first.
The first player will then have to guess the name written by another player. He or she can point on a player, or he or she can shout the name of the player. Once the first player has chosen another player, he or she would then ask the question, “Are you *name of a person or character listed by the facilitator?” If the other player wrote “Albert Einstein” in a piece of paper and gave it to the facilitator, that name would then be his or her name in the game.
If the opponent asked, “Are you Albert Einstein?” and the answer given by the other player is “Yes,” then the other player would have to join the opponent’s group, which is often referred to as “empire” in the game. If the opponent guesses wrong, then it is the opponent that will join the other player’s empire. The player that will join an empire must join with the opponent, and this can be done by either standing behind the empire’s leader or next to the leader. The player’s empires can then break away from the circle and form their own out of it. From then on, the player who joined an empire will no longer have a chance to ask questions to other players.
The next player standing to the left of the first player before will then ask a question to another player, and the cycle continues while the players with the most wins are slowly building their empire filled with losing players. The winner of Empire will be the player that is able to gather all of the other players in his or her empire.
Because the strategy of the game is to get as many players as possible to build a bigger empire, it is best to aim for an empire’s leader with the most number of players, because if the leader loses the guessing game, you will be able to get not only the leader but also all of the players in his or her empire into yours.
Some players can be quite predictable when it comes to the name they have chosen. For example, if you know that one player likes cartoons in the 1970s, then there is a possibility that the name he or she picked is related to his or her favorite cartoons. However, there are a few that are unpredictable, so it is best to stay away from asking them questions during the early and middle portions of the game.
And, there you have it, a simple guide on how to play Empire. There are no complicated gameplay mechanics or rules involved in this unique guessing game, and because of its simplicity, everyone can play it. But winning the game requires players to have good guessing skills in order to win, so make sure that you know each player’s favorite hobbies, TV shows, movies, or bands for you to have a better chance of getting them to your empire.