After the Empire

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£75.95 inc. VAT

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The After The Empire board game (designed by Evan Halbert and Ryan Mauk) is a worker placement/resource management game set in the middle ages.

After the fall of Rome, Europe fell into the so-called “dark ages.” From the chaos, feudalism arose providing stability to the region over the coming centuries. By the High Middle Ages, the region was prosperous despite much fighting. From your walled city, you are a medieval liege ruling the surrounding lands, settlements, and holdings granted by birthright. This is your fiefdom, and all within it owe fealty and allegiance to you above all others. Each other lord and lady rules a neighbouring fiefdom and competes for resources in the unclaimed yet bountiful lands of the countryside between them. Tensions were high and petty feuds common between you and your neighbours until scouts reported a new and deadly threat. Invaders have swept in from the east! Their sizable army is camped on the edges of your realm, and this new common enemy endangers the entire land. Refugees from the fallen eastern lands seek shelter and bring tales of destruction. Old rivalries must be put aside to focus on the onslaught to come and remain unbroken.

During each turn in the After The Empire board game, known as a season, players alternate using worker tokens to take actions, such as gathering resources, building advanced buildings and recruiting refugees from either the shared game board or their personal fiefdom. Once all workers have been committed, players harvest food from their surrounding lands and then prepare for combat.

During each season’s combat, invader cards are revealed, with a randomized number of troops and compass direction of attack. Only the wealthiest of castles will draw the attention of larger forces and their siege weapons. You must repair your city and recruit and arm your troops quickly to stand any chance. The winner is the lord or lady who has best preserved their fiefdom and saved up the most gold.

Your life, your wealth, your fiefdom, and your legacy must be protected at all costs!

Game Details
NameAfter the Empire (2021)
ComplexityMedium [3.19]
BGG Rank1562 [7.46]
Player Count (Recommended)2-4 (1-4)


1 review for After the Empire

  1. Nick Welford

    After the Empire is not only an incredible production but also a hugely satisfying and clever. The first part of each round is a fairly straight worker placement affair with everything driven towards your defensive strategy. You get some indication about where the attacks will come from but you need to prepare as much of your castle as possible.

    Speaking of your castle the components for this are great and have a really pleasing toy factor. You not only need to improve it but will want to upgrade from wood to stone and add on defensive units. Because the second part is when the invaders attack. It’s surprising how this essentially maths based bit of the game becomes incredibly tense as you wonder if your well laid plans will pan out or if your castle will be sacked.

    Perhaps the cleverest system is the catch up mechanic where the richest player will face more invaders in the relevant phase. All in all I’ve loved every play of After the Empire and can see it hitting my top 10 games of all time.

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