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‘Imperium: Horizons’: Become the Greatest Civilization the World Has Ever Known

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Feb 11 2024

The latest expansion to the series, Imperium: Horizons contains Inuit, Mayan, and Polynesian, but also Cultist, Martian, and more.

History is pretty long and involves a lot of people. So when Osprey Games asks you to build the greatest civilization of dozens of those throughout history, know you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

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Imperium: Horizons Overview

Imperium: Horizons is a competitive deck-building and tableau-building game. The objective of all players is to earn the most victory points by the end of the game. The game itself is a stand-alone expansion to Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends. However, Imperium: Horizons included 14 new civilizations: Abbasid, Aksumite, Cultist, Gupta, Inuit, Japanese, Magyar, Martian, Mayan, Polynesian, Sassanid, Taino, Tang, and Wagadou.

Additionally, the new trade module allows players to add a new layer of gameplay. Through the new trade system, players can create all the wealth, intrigue, and politicking that surrounds having a thriving economy. The core gameplay revolves around deck building. Players begin with a deck of cards and abilities unique to their chosen civilization.

Throughout the game, as each player cycles through their deck, they will automatically gain new cards to add, as their civilization progresses. However, many cards can be played down and used throughout the game for various effects, either as needed or only once.


Players will also have the option to collect cards from a shared supply. However, these cards often come with Unrest cards, which clog up your deck until they are removed during a Revolt.

This mix of deck building and tableau building gives Imperium: Horizons a unique spin on the genre. Not to mention the wide array of civilization options. There aren’t too many games out there that will give players the option for King Arthur to battle the Inuit and invading aliens all in one game.

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Author: Matt Sall
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