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Brazil: Imperial

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Portal Games
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Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 100 Min
Suggested Ages 14+
Designer(s) Zé Mendes
Publisher Portal Games

Take the role of one of the great monarchs of the past, and show your valor! You'll arrive in a vast and rich territory, but the road to the prosperity is filled with challenges.

In Brazil: Imperial, you will need to construct buildings, manage resources, explore the land, create trade, acquire the support of the greatest personalities of the country, and recruit a powerful army to protect your interest against the rival states. If you make the right decisions, you can complete missions to progress to a more advanced era, receiving new interesting options of development and victory points. In the end, the best monarch gets the title of Brazilian Emperor and constructs a new era of prosperity, freedom and peace!

In more detail, while playing on a modular map board that recreate real regions, you use a combination of worker placement, area majority, and individual powers to construct an empire in Brazil between the 16th and 19th centuries. You begin by choosing one of the available monarchs and its personal game board and components; some monarchs are strong in combat, while others prioritize science or exploration. You will receive tasks that advance you to a new era when you complete them, giving you access to more power constructions as you move into the second and third eras of the game, then you pick a starting point on the shared map.

On every turn, you can participate in an action phase and a movement phase. You manage actions on your individual game board, and you will have these seven choices:

  • Deploy: Summon one military unit to explore and protect your territory.
  • Frame: Buy cards that represent famous historic figures to get special powers and victory points.
  • Build: Build farms, mines, cities, and other structures to generate resources and do other things.
  • Renovate: Overhaul an old building to make new resources.
  • Manufacture: Produce basic resources — wood, sugar cane, cotton, or coffee — to get victory points, improve your "action arches", and have raw material for more valuable products.
  • Harbor: Go to the port to get a small amount of basic resources.
  • Trade: Sell your basic resources to get gold and special cards to improve your empire.

During the movement phase, you may explore hidden places or attack other players. For combat, you will check the power of the troops involved in the conflict to determine the winner, with cards being able to modify these values. Once a player finishes their goals in the third era, the game ends and players tally their scores.

Brazil: Imperial was create with the concept of it being "Euro X", a new style of game that combines Eurogames (in which you collect and manage resources) and 4x games (in which you explore, expand, exploit and exterminate). A new concept of maps was also added in this game. All the maps are different and created with modular boards that recreate real regions of Brazil and the world. Each game you can focus on resource management, combat, or a combination of both, depending on your choice of monarch and interaction with other players.

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