DARK AGES EMPIRES
Wargame for 2-8+ players
Europe Early 6th Century after the Fall of the Western Roman Empire.
The player to conquer the most other nations by the end of the
Game is the winner.
Each turn is 5 years.
The game starts in 500 AD and ends in 600 AD.
Six sided dice are needed.
Tokens are used to keep track of Armies.
The Map is composed of Nations as described in the Nations List.
Important Note: Nations are not further subdivided.
Nations: Adjacent Nations: Notes:
Fr = Frankish Kingdom SxVgOgBuBqBv
Vg = Visigoth Kingdom VaOgFrBuBqSu
Og = Ostrogoth Kingdom ESlBuFrVaVgBvLbGp
Va = Vandal Kingdom VgOgEBb
Sx = Saxons FrSl
Bu = Burgundians FrOgVg
E = Eastern Roman Empire OgSlPWhVaKiAlAbGp Byzantium
P = Persian Empire EWhKiAlAb Sassinids
Wh = White Huns PSlEAlFi Avars
Sl = Slavs OgEWhSxBvLbGp
Su = Suevic Kingdom VgBq
Al = Alans WhPKiE
Lb = Lombards GpSlOgBv
Gp = Gepids LbSlOgE
Bv = Bavarians FrSlOgLb
Bq = Basques SuVgFr
Fi = Finns SlAlWh
Ki = Kingdom of Iberia EPAl
Bb = Berbers VgVa
Ab = Arabs PE
Neutral Nations (NN) are still in the game, even if no one is Playing them.
A NN will not attack or gain cards or take turns.
A NN will always have armies = to their Territory Stat.
NN can be conquered by other Nations.
Each Nation is described by a set of 4 Stats:
A very abstract representation of land & sea areas controlled.
Population = Number of Armies the player gains each turn.
This is a measure of national energy and aggressiveness.
Vitality = Number of cards the player may draw each turn.
This is a measure of organization and/or resiliency.
It is a factor in the Defense of a Nation.
NATIONAL STAT TABLE
Nation Trr Pop Vit Stb
Fr 2 2 3 3
Vg 2 2 2 2
Og 2 2 3 1
Va 1 1 3 1
Sx 1 1 3 2
Bu 1 2 2 2
E 3 3 2 3
P 3 3 1 3
Wh 2 2 2 1
Sl 3 3 1 1
Su 1 1 1 3
Al 1 1 1 3
Bv 1 1 1 3
Bq 1 1 1 3
Lb 1 1 1 3
Gp 1 1 1 3
Fi 3 1 1 1
Ki 1 1 1 1
Bb 2 1 1 3
Ab 2 1 1 3
Imperial Power = Primary Nation controlled by a player; it is
the identity of that player.
Neutral Nation = Nation not controlled by any player.
Province = Nation conquered by an Imperial Power.
Each player picks one Nation to be its Imperial Power.
Each Nation starts with Armies = its Population Score.
Each player starts with a hand of 3 cards.
Players take turns.
Each turn has 6 Phases:
1. Event Phase
2. Draw Phase
3. Internal Strife Phase
4. Growth Phase
5. Invasion Phase
6. End Phase
1. EVENT PHASE
Roll once on the Event Table:
2D6: Result: Notes:
2-3 Death of Leader Stability –1
4-5 Disease & Turmoil Population –1
6 Stagnation Vitality –1
7 Rebellion Any Target Province becomes Neutral
8 Great Leader Vitality +1
9-10 Population Explosion Population +1
11-12 Law & Religion Stability +1
These Events have a Permanent Effect.
A Stat can never go below 1 or above 4.
2. DRAW PHASE
The current player draws cards equal to his Vitality Stat.
3. INTERNAL STRIFE PHASE
The current player rolls a number of dice equal to his Stability Stat.
If he rolls only numbers less than 5, his nation is undergoing a period of
Political Turmoil (Civil War) and he must skip his Invasion and
Growth Phases this turn.
4. GROWTH PHASE
The current player gains Armies (Army Tokens) equal to his Population Stat plus
1 Army for each Province (nation) it has conquered.
5. INVASION PHASE
The current player may attack one Adjacent Nation.
(limit one attack per turn unless an Invasion card is played)
He declares how many armies he is commiting to the attack.
The defender declares how many of his armies are defending.
The Attacking Nation rolls Dice = The number of attacking Armies +
Extra dice as allowed by cards played.
The Defending Nation rolls Dice = Stability Stat + Territory Stat +
The number of defending Armies + Extra dice as allowed by cards played
For every roll of 5+ one enemy army is destroyed.
If the Defending Nation is reduced to zero Armies, it is conquered.
The conquered player is out of the game or continues playing by
taking control of a Neutral Nation.
The conquered Nation becomes part of the Empire of the Conqueror.
A Conquered Nation is known as a Province.
If the Attacker loses all his Armies, the defender wins.
If all armies on both sides are destroyed, the defender wins.
If you attack a Province, the controller of that Province
May commit less than his full number of armies to its defense.
If you conquer a Province, you gain control of that Province, not
The entire Empire it was part of.
If the Home country (The Imperial Power) of an Empire is
Conquered, all of its Provinces resort to Neutrality.
Nations adjacent to an Attacker or Defender may lend armies.
Allied armies are always the first to be lost in battle.
A player may play an invasion card and conduct an additional
attack (war) on his turn (vs same or different nation).
6. END PHASE
Max hand size is 3 cards + the Nations Stability Stat.
Discard excess cards.
Card Name: # Notes:
Invasion 4 Get an extra Invasion Phase
Peace Treaty 4 Target opponent cannot attack your Empire this turn
Raise Armies 4 Gain 2 Armies in Growth Phase
Decisive Battle 4 Attacker may use 5 extra dice
Logistics Strategy 4 Defender may use 5 extra dice
Surprise 4 Use 3 extra dice in Invasion Phase
Slow to Move 4 Target Army may not Attack or Defend
Pray to God 4 Reroll target Dieroll
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