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Twilight Imperium Third Edition is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to seize the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression. With geomorphic board tiles, exquisite plastic miniatures, hundreds of cards, and introducing a rich set of strategic dimensions that allows each player to refocus their game-plan, the original designer Christian T. Petersen has seamlessly incorporated the better qualities of other recently popular games to improve on the game-play of the original TI, making it at once perfectly well-rounded and pleasantly familiar to experienced gamers.

TI3 is played by at least three players who belong to ten possible alien races, each with their own advantages and quirks. The 'designer notes' in the rulebook candidly and humbly acknowledge the inspiration for some of the improvements to the original game. The strategic game-play borrows the governing element from 'Puerto Rico' to involve players in an iteratively complex and yet fast-paced game experience with very little downtime. The game map, basic player progress and overall victory are dynamically determined in almost exactly the same way as they are by imaginative players of 'Settlers of Catan', while the "Command" system cleverly improves on the 'oil' logistical mechanism of 'Attack' to both manage turn-based activity and limit the size of armies, uniquely enabling weakened players to bounce back if they play their cards right.

Part of the Twilight Imperium Series.


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Shipping in a massive (12” x 24”) epic-size box, this new giant-size edition of TI feature almost 350 masterfully sculpted oversize plastic miniatures - the typical TI units (Ground Forces, Cruisers, Dreadnoughts, Carriers, Fighters, PDS, and Space Docks) as well as two new units (the massive War Sun and the Destroyer). TI3 contains new oversize board tiles, more than 400 cards, every known civilization of the Twilight Imperium universe, almost every expansion rule and component ever published for TI, a gorgeous graphical overhaul, and an impressive full-color rules set.

Twilight Imperium Third Edition is nothing short of a massive epic release, and is destined to become a classic for years to come. FFG has directed all its craft, talent, and energy into this massive production. Are you ready for another Age of Twilight?

The publication of Twilight Imperium Third Edition (TI3) is a historical publication in FFG’s history. Twilight Imperium First Edition was FFG's first game product, and through two popular editions it has garnered a massive audience across the world and the Twilight Imperium name has been a pillar of growth and recognition for FFG.

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Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
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Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Scott Schomburg, Brian Schomburg, Tyler Walpole
Year: 2005
Product Code: TI03
Size: 24.00 x 12.00 x 4.00 inches
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1 Expandable frame for printing at 3d-printer
In this rar are 3 stl-files for 3 components of a frame for TI-tiles. If you print them 6 times, you can combine them to a frame suitable for a 7/8-player galaxy. If you leave out the ext-part, it fits for a normal-size galaxy. One printed set looks like this:
1 Unit Summary for Plano 2-3500 Lid Insert
If you don't use Plano 2-3500 storage trays to organize your fleets for easy handling and access, consider trying it out - you'll love it. If you do use them, and would like to jazz up your storage solution and make it a little more integral to the game experience, I humbly submit this insert for the lid. It provides all the unit statistics normally provided on those tiny fleet summary cards, but with larger text. Also provided are summaries of the rules for Shock Troops, Space Mines, Anti-Fighter Barrage, Bombardment, PDS fire, and the basics for purchasing Facilities. This insert is provided as a useful learning tool for new players, as well as an easily accessible reference for more experienced players. There are 3 inserts per 11x17 page, so printing 3 pages will allow you to outfit...
0 Cards with all important info for all races (SE & ST) in croatian language
Karte sa svim važnim informacijama o svim rasama (obje ekspanzije). Mi ih koristimo kada biramo koju ćemo rasu igrati. Npr, izvučemo 3 karte i od te tri biramo jednu rasu.
0 Score sheet in croatian language
A4 papir za bodovanje do 8 igrača
1 Race Sheets on croatian language
All 10 Races translated to croatian
5 Changes To Improve The Player Experience
The player experience in Twilight Imperium, especially for new players, could be improved. With that goal in mind, I created a set house rules, optional rules and player handouts which attempts to: streamlines the rules, balance the game, ensure intuitiveness, and empower new players with the lightest touch possible. Version 3.1: -Incorrect flat tech tree in v3 (re Duranium Armor requirement) -Other minor corrections and added shading Version 3.0: -Added: a 6 player map -Added: Compensated players for not being able to sell political cards (gain 1 TG/card) -Flat Tech Tree: -Modified: Major revisions to red and green structure -Modified: Minor revision to yellow structure -Modified: Maneuvering Jets for this tree only -Added Muaat ability clarification for use with this tech...
5 Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) Quick Rules
A 13 page PDF for Twilight Imperium (Third Edition). This document covers setup and rules of play, but is not exhaustive or repetitive. It assumes that you have the rulebook for reference. These Quick Rules are based on the 2005 Fantasy Flight edition. Note that while most of the language has been re-written from the original English rulebook, some parts have been taken verbatim from the rulebook. While this simplified rule-set has been compiled by me to bring further clarity to the rules, the copyright of the rules herein remain with the designers and/or publishers of TI3. 2015 Version 1.0
4 Twilight Imperium Vector Races Icons
Hello. These are vector race icons I made myself. They are "more flat", than originals, it's just my point of view. The Lazax icon is missing for now.
7 Twilight Imperium (3rd Edition) - Rules Summary + Simplification
UPDATED with the below mentioned fix. Description: I read through the rulebook multiple times and summarized the rules in each section accordingly. The rulebook provided with the game splits related rules up between multiple sections and pages. With my rules all the related info is summarized together ... So less jumping around and faster setup times
5 Twilight Imperium: Veiled Incursions Modpack
For those of us who don't like luck in their hour-heavy games: this is a lightweight Modpack that removes many of the luck-driven combat elements of the game, encouraging players to seek to resolve combinations of specially tailored Secret Objectives. COMES COMPLETE WITH NEW CARDS AND NEW ARTWORK! See page for new cards. v1.1 - Added more detailed instructions and PDS rule. - Corrected minor spelling mistakes in teaching aid.
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