Fans of massive, complex tabletop games are likely aware of Fantasy Flight Games' Twilight Imperium. It is a sci-fi 4X board game where you control one of 24 different factions vying for complete domination of the galaxy. The game was first published in 1997 and is currently on its fourth edition. But Fantasy Flight Games is planning on expanding this complex series beyond the board game with its very first foray into a roll-and-write experience with Twilight Inscription.
What is Twilight Inscription?
According to an official post on Fantasy Flight Games' website, Twilight Inscription will be a smaller experience while still set in the Twilight Imperium universe. Much like the main game, you start by picking your faction then collect your character sheets. Unlike other roll-and-write experiences, this one has you managing four different sheets instead of one. Each of those sheets keeps track of four different resources: Navigation, Expansion, Industry, and Warfare. There are eight different versions of each of these sheets. Each sheet is reusable and can be drawn on with dry-erase chalk markers. The box even conveniently includes a set of markers. From there, a round begins with an event card being played, you rolling dice to generate resources, then spending those resources to fill out the various progress tracks across your character sheets. Obtain enough victory points through your investments and you are declared the winner.
Interestingly, Twilight Inscription does contain a solo mode. While up to eight players can enjoy this experience in a friendly competitive environment, you can also go it alone, competing against an AI opponent. This opponent controlled by the game itself does not generate victory points but can interrupt your goals with its own agenda. If you don't hit a set number of victory points after a set number of turns, you lose.
Twilight Inscription is available for pre-order at local retailers as well as Fantasy Flight Games' store page for an MSRP of $64.99. The game will be available September 16.