As a highly regarded strategy game, Struggle of Empires has long been a candidate for a deluxe edition - and Eagle-Gryphon Games is known for its expertise in creating deluxe quality game editions.
They have created new art throughout the game, a large and re-imagined game board and map, enhanced cardboard components, new wood components, and a larger box with a complete storage solution.
The game board now includes a game track that guides players through each phase of the game. Trade Tiles now appear on the map until they are taken by players for themselves. Local Alliances are now tracked on the map with new player tokens so that it is clear who gains the benefit of the local alliance. Piracy and Colony revolt are now classed as Covert Operations and have their own wooden markers for player to claim and use.
Player components are now all in wood including 20 Control Markers, 14 Armies, 8 Navies, 2 Forts, 6 Local Alliance Markers, 1 Population Marker, 1 Alliance Marker, and 1 VP Marker.
We have also created a player aid that summarizes all activities and actions on the front and gives a summary of game tiles on the back.
Most importantly, they have developed an updated rule book!
The updated rule book clarifies the original rules and examples. It also provides a wealth of variant rules. In each instance of rules revisions, they have kept the original version as a variant. In other cases, they have kept the original rule and have introduced a variant, including 2 new variants from the designer, Martin Wallace. Other variants are based on designer and fan suggestions. Some address issues of “balance” and “luck” in the game and others provide new ideas for setup.