ASIMOV'S FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE
By C Gerard Luft
(4 PLAYER AND 1 PLAYER RULES)
FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE
BASED OFF OF THE FOUNDATION GAME (1973)
A WAR GAME SET IN THE 123RD CENTURY OF THE GALACTIC EMPIRE
(3RD CENTURY OF THE FOUNDATION ERA)
This is a four player war game (solo game version is given below) set
during Asimov's Foundation and Empire Novel. Each player controls a quadrant
of the Milky Way Galaxy:
(Listed from Terminus, going Spinward) THE FOUNDATION, THE IMPERIUM, THE
UNION OF WORLDS (THE MULE) and TAZENDA.
You will need an 8x6 game board with 24 major systems located equally the
four quadrants. You can print or copy and paste the provided game board
(which is overlaid over an image of the Milky Way Galaxy) at:
You will also need 12 counters representing the three fleets of each
Each player must place the one of each of his three fleets on a major
system in his quadrant. Each of these systems is then occupied.
1. ISSUE ORDERS: Movement and orders are simultaneous. So each player will
need to write his orders at the beginning of the turn and then reveal them
together with the other players.
2. MOVEMENT: Fleets only move 1 sector a turn. You must choose which fleets
move and which fleets support. Due to Hyperspace, Fleets Supporting moving
fleets need not be adjacent to those moving fleets (as opposed to the rule
regarding fleets in the process of occupying a major system; see#3 and #4
below). The number of supporting fleets determine a moving fleet's POWER
during that turn:
# MOVING FLEETS # SUPPORTING FLEETS MOVING FLEETS' POWER
1 2 3
2 1 2
3 0 1
Only 1 fleet may occupy one sector. If a fleet wishes to move into a sector
with an opposing fleet in it, then it may attack it. If the POWER of both
fleets is equal, then it is a stand off, and the attacking fleet may not
occupy that sector. If one fleet's POWER is greater than the other, then the
loosing fleet must retreat to an open sector. If all sectors around it are
occupied, then that fleet is destroyed (removed from the game).
3. OCCUPYING SECTORS WITH MAJOR SYSTEMS: If a system is not occupied a
fleet may enter that sector. If it remains in that sector for 4 consecutive
turns, it is effectively occupied by that force. That fleet must remain
there to keep it occupied, but on that fourth turn, the player gains an extra
fleet, which may be placed in any of the adjacent (orthogonally or
diagonally) sectors which do not have a fleet in them. Both fleets are then
freed up to proceed in conquering new systems. While that system is still
occupied, if there is no fleet there to defend it, then an opposing fleet can
enter it an occupy it for four consecutive turns, thus taking that system
away from the original holder (If that happens, the extra fleet that the
system produced is immediately disbanded (removed from the game).
4. CONQUERING SECTORS WITH MAJOR SYSTEMS: If a system is occupied by an
enemy fleet then a fleet may combat it by moving to an open sector adjacent
to it. If the two fleets' POWER is equal it is then a stand off. If one
fleet's POWER is greater than the other, then the other fleet must retreat to
an open adjacent sector. If no sectors around it are open then that fleet is
destroyed (removed from the game). If the defender is retreated, then the
attacker is moved into that sector. The occupying rule (four turns rule)
from #3 applies for the newly occupying fleet.
" ATTACKING FLEET'S POWER: as per the table in #2
" DEFENDING FLEET'S POWER: The Defending Fleet's power is 1 +1 for each of
adjacent sector (orthogonally or diagonally) occupied by one of its own
When one player occupies 13 Sectors with major systems, then that player
is the winner.
FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE
SOLO GAME VERSION
You are the FOUNDATION, and may set up your three fleets as mentioned
Your goal is to occupy 13 Sectors with major systems.
The opponent is the IMPERIUM. The Galactic Empire occupies the other
three quadrants, and starts with 9 fleets. To position the fleets, shuffle
the nine fleet counters with 27 blank counters. Beginning at the top left of
the game board, and moving across (as if reading a paragraph) place a
counter, upside down, on each of the sectors of the 3 quadrants of the
IMPERIUM. Position your fleets, and then turn the counters over to see where
the enemy fleets are.
The IMPERIUM will keep all fleets in a major system for four turns,
before moving that fleet and its new fleet.
IMPERIUM'S ACTION TABLE (Roll for every three fleets that are not in the
process of occupying a system)
ROLL 1d6 # Fleets Moving # Fleets Supporting Moving Fleet's Action
1-2 1 2 Move towards nearest FOUNDATION occupied system
3-4 2 1 Move to nearest IMPERIUM occupied system to support that fleet
5-6 3 0 Move towards nearest unoccupied systems