Ignacy Trzewiczek

Imperial Settlers


Imperial Settlers Strategy & Tactics: Amazons & Why Can’t We Be Friends

Imperial Settlers Strategy & Tactics: Amazons & Why Can’t We Be Friends
When playing as Amazons, we have a great portion of control over our faction deck. We’re building our strategy throughout the entire game, shuffling back some cards, discarding the others quicker, so that we hit that sweet-spot of what we have planned at the start of the game. So let’s move back to planning out part, in particular, choosing expansion cards that we would want to include in our deck. There are three different expansion sets in the box for the Amazons and let’s take a closer look at one of them – Why can’t we be friends. If we want to grab this expansion, we should know our options up front, and how these card replacement will affect our game tactics. With this, we hope it will be easier to choose and build your deck to check all strategies. *** First, let’s take a look at a single card with ...

BTTS Archives – Factions, scoring and recurrence

BTTS Archives – Factions, scoring and recurrence
[I run #BoardGamesThatTellStories blog since July 2011. I’ve decided I will choose articles I like the most and republish them to present them to all new board game fans that joined our hobby meanwhile! For all of you who already read the article, I hope, you will have a good time again with it! This week we released a new expansion for Imperial Settlers, so let’s go back and read about developing the base game of Imperial Settlers!] In the base game of Imperial Settlers, there are four factions. I believe they are very thematic, they’ll inspire your imagination and along with the artwork, they’ll make you want to play the game. But let’s face it – thematic descriptions, superb art, words that make your imagination run like crazy can only do one thing – make you sit at the table and give it a try. To make you play the game ...

Imperial Settlers: In-store Event Kit 2018

Imperial Settlers: In-store Event Kit 2018
2018 is going to be exciting for many reasons – one of them would be an expansion of our Retailer Support Program and awesome In-store Event Kits, such as this one, for Imperial Settlers Card Game! Portal Games developed a Retailer Support Program to help promote board games hobby and allow fans of our games to meet one another and play together in their Favorite Local Game Stores. We strongly believe in local board gaming communities and we know how important it is to check out the game first, or have the reassurance, that the game would be supported after release. And there is no better way to kick start this program into the 2018, than to release a In-Store Event Kit for our bestselling evergreen Imperial Settlers. In this kit we offer ...

Imperial Settlers special in-store event – USA, October 2017

Imperial Settlers special in-store event – USA, October 2017
October 2017 – join our special In-Store Imperial Settlers Event! If your civilization was build and razed more times, than you could remember, we have a treat for you. We are planning a special Imperial Settlers Game Night In-Store Event this October in the USA! Visit your Friendly Local Game Store and celebrate third Imperial Settlers birthday with couple of great new promos! Look for special posters advertising that game night and enjoy: 12 cards with unique artwork Why dozen and not 10 or 16? Well, Imperial Settlers is one of those Portal games, that has spread around the world far and wide. There are currently twelve editions and each card represents one of them. What’s more important, each card has its own, unique artwork, that illustrates small villages in a distinct architectural style characteristic to each represented country.

ARTICLE: Exploration in Imperial Settlers

A few months back, we released a tiny expansion for Imperial Settlers: Exploration Tiles. They were a hit as soon as they were announced, but as we learned at BGG.Con, many of you haven’t even heard of them! Exploration tiles are a simple addition that give a bonus to passing early. At the start of the game, place the Exploration Tiles near the score track so that all 4 are visible. When you pass, you get to choose one of these tiles to take and place it in front of you. The last player to pass doesn’t get one! At the start of the next turn, these tiles grant you a small bonus. Maybe you get ...

ARTICLE: Rules Spotlight – Atlanteans and Open Production

So, what happens when you mix the Atlantean’s tech tokens and an Open Production building? A bit of confusion honestly. We’ve seen a few questions floating around about how the Technology Tokens interact and there have been a few different interpretations. No fear! The rules are here to help us make this decision. It really is quite simple.   The Setting Your opponent is playing the Atlanteans and has a Wood Market in play with both a Basic and Advanced Scoring Technology token. During the Production phase, your opponent receives 2 Wood tokens and 2 Victory Point from this Location thanks to the technology tokens… but what happens when you want to use the location during Open Production? First, the easy answer – The Advanced Scoring Technology “Advanced Scoring Technology gives the owner 1 VP each time the Location ...

ERRATA: Imperial Settlers

As our beloved game, Imperial Settlers, continues to grow and reach new fans, the inevitable has happened: it has become necessary for us to errata a few cards. Like every successful company, we strive for perfection, but with so many moving pieces and card interactions, it’s an extremely difficult task. It is our goal to avoid this as much as possible going forward, but it is also our responsibility to address concerns as they arise. Click on the Image below to be taken to the current FAQ. We have also provided printable cards if you wish to update your collection. You can find them at this link, or by visiting the Imperial Settlers page under the Extras link.

A Story From Gen Con

After Gen Con, Ignacy personally thanked each volunteer that helped us run demos in the event hall. Jessica was one of those volunteers and responded with this awesome story (shared with her permission.) Thanks Jessica!   Hello Ignacy! Thanks for offering the opportunity for volunteers to lead a demo. I had the best time watching some new players try out Imperial Settlers. My group was three friends who no longer live near each other and came to Gen Con for a little reunion. None had played the game before. They chose the Egyptians, Romans, and Barbarians. As the game went on, they became more understanding of how to maximize their civilizations for earning potential. It was very interesting to watch. The Egyptians slowly and steadily began adding victory points from early in the game. The other 2 focused on building out production buildings and the “more premium” faction cards. Time ran out on our demo, as ...

Contest results!

Last week we had a contest on our FB pages (both PL and EN) with a very simple task – your goal was to guess what 5th faction we have for Imperial Settlers. We had crazy number of entries. Here is infographic that shows some of the data from the contest. Have fun!

Throwback Thursday on our Facebook Page

Now that Why Can’t We Be Friends is finally in stock worldwide, we took a moment today on our Facebook page to share some vintage pictures of the first Imperial Settlers prototype. Complete with hand-drawn artwork from Ignacy himself. Check it out!  

Contest: Imperial Settlers Campaign

Do you enjoy the Imperial Settlers campaign mode? Not know what it is!? Click here, to find out! We have a new contest where you, the loyal fans, can help us make it better! Do you have ideas to improve it? A completely new campaign? Abilities or lands? We want to know! You have until May 7th to send us your ideas to portal@portalgames.pl – the best idea wins some great stuff!

Imperial Settlers Nominated for Three Dice Tower Awards!

The Dice Tower has released their list of nominees for the 2014 Dice Tower Awards and to our surprise, Imperial Settlers has been nominated in 3 categories! Each year, The Dice Tower polls a jury of more than 50 of their staff, bloggers, and reviewers to pick the top 5 games in each category. This is a huge honor for us and we couldn’t be happier to be included on their list with the amazing wealth of top-notch games published in 2014. You can find a full list of nominees at the Dice Tower website. Thank you to The Dice Tower staff and all our fans!

Why Can’t We Be Friends – Coming in April!

Imperial Settlers: Why Can’t We Be Friends, the first Empire Pack for Imperial Settlers, includes new common cards for the central deck, new cards for each of the base game’s four factions, and two new cards for use in the solo game. The Faction Pack is shipping now and will be on store shelves in April! Ask your retailer to reserve your copy of Why Can’t We Be Friends today!

Golden Geek Award for Imperial Settlers!

We’d like to say “THANK YOU!” for all your votes and positive feedback. It is a great honor for us to win Golden Geek Award and so many nominations. Thank you for each of your votes and we promise – we’ll keep the good work! Thank you!


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