How to play Empire?

In this article, you can read about the basic rules of the game Empire and learn how to play. The object of the game is to be the last Empire remaining.

Setup

Gather 10 to 20 players and decide on a category you want to play with. Disney characters for example. Then choose someone not playing to be the moderator. Everyone thinks of an answer that fits the category, for example, Donald Duck. One by one each player secretly tells the moderator their choice. The moderator writes down everyone’s answers then writes down two or three of their own red herrings. Everyone sits in a circle as the moderator reads out each anonymous answer in random order. After he reads off every answer, he reads them off a second time in a different order.

Gameplay

The oldest player starts first and plays proceeds clockwise. On your turn, ask one person in the group if they are one of the answers. To which they must answer truthfully yes or no. The moderator will keep them honest. For example, Billy are you Donald Duck? If you guess incorrectly, your turn is over and the next player takes a turn. If you guessed correctly, the player who was guessed joins your team. Now that Empire has grown and the original member of the Empire is the leader. Whose original answer represents the entire Empire. Players on a team can work together but the leader is the spokesman. If a player guesses another player who has acquired multiple empires, everyone on that team joins the Empire who guessed them. This continues until everyone has been guessed and only one player remains.

As empires grow players move around and shuffle seats so that all members of the Empire sit together and keep the original turn order intact. Each Empire gets one turn no matter how many players make up that Empire. At no point during the game does the moderator reread any of the answers.

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