If You Like: Being in control of something in your life for once... until your country is in ruin. Yep you've ruined it again, like everything else.
Player Count: Competitive for 1-5 Players
Complexity Rating: 3 - Heavy
Average Playtime: 60-120 Minutes
Energy Empire uses worker placement, tableau-building, and resource management, mechanics. On each turn, a player can choose to either work or generate. On a Work turn, a player plays a single worker on the main board, then uses workers and energy to activate cards in their tableau. Players may spend energy to use an occupied space on the main board, so no spaces are ever completely blocked. On a generate turn, players get to renew their supply of energy by rolling "energy dice" that represent nuclear, coal, oil, solar, and other forms of energy.
The major threat in Energy Empire is not war, but uncertain global impacts, that result from side effects of industrialization and pollution. Many actions come with a cost. So, as nations become more industrious, they also increase the amount of pollution in the environment. Careful use of science can mitigate the harmful effects of industry, and can also help avert global crises.