I'd like to see it done, just for when I need the space indoors for other things if no other reason. But it would certainly be fun, especially if you could have a hotseat mode.
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I would be interested as well.
I have been playing at TI3wiki.org the whole time they've been open. I don't care if the software doesn't provide an AI. I'd like to be able to play against friends, even if it's for a long period of time (weeks and months). I used the vassal before the wiki. I used the wiki. I have been GM and player. THOUGH, wouldn't it be cool to have a program doing the GM part? Giving the cards and stuff like this? He would manage objectives, action cards and such through secret page on a server. Or even better? You install the ti3 server on your own web page and you're on your own.
Make's me dreams.
Good old time…
Hey, btw, there are several board games that are now made to play online (A ticket to ride, by example and the new Alien frontiers). You could have this game on ipad as well.
Just throwing ideas.
The appeal of TI is heavily reliant on diplomacy and all it's facets.
It's pretty hard to provide interactable AIs suitable for the high level of it, that TI and it's players need. I think it hardly possible, and at the moment hardly worth the effort. If cool nonetheless.
A hot-seat version would only save space, but wouldn't help the overview of the game to all players very much. Though that is a general problem with hot-seat-games.
Also, if at all, don't just think of your own special-brand-device. Don't be selfish, and think of all tablets and similar devices if you have to, Grummore ;)
In any case: Personally, I'd plan for a PC-version of TI only when going 4th edition. After revising and clarifying rules and balance. And probably throwing in one more big expansion before.
I doubt, therefor I am.
I think that TI3 on a PC is a great idea!
I've been dreaming about this. Because it will be possible to play with the peoples from other cities and countries. It will be good experience and interesting play.
Twilight Imperium fan from the Russia.
Completed the full russian localization of the Twilight Imperium with both it's expansions.
I'd be all over a TI3 videogame.
However, it would be an enormous project and i don't think the returns for the investment would be worth it for FFG. There's no way an AI could even start to measure up to a human. And if it's only to play online… well even less people are going to be interested in the project (AND there's already Vassal).
The nightmare of programming AI behaviour for every political and action card… not to mention objectives…
As a human player, moving your units and forming a strategy to obtain your secret objective is already a highly complex affair. Imagine trying to put that into AI. Sid Meier's civilization is an easy project in comparison.
TI3 is about the worst FFG game that could be translated to computer.
Runebound is straigthforward and more easilly done. Descent too. Blue Moon, Dust Tactics (i think there's already a videogame version of this being worked on), Dust Warfare, Dust, Blood Bowl Team Manager, All their LCG, Star Wars miniatures, Arkham Horror… Almost all their other big hitters are more easilly translated to videogame form.
As much as i'd want a TI3 videogame, i'd rather have Dust Tactics or Android: NetRunner.
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I've heard it said Endless space comes reasonably close to a computer version of TI.
check it out: http://store.steampowered.com/app/208140/
I've posted on this thread before. It's hard for me not to start fleshing out my own ideas with a proof-of-concept. I love this game and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see FFG take on this effort. You did a great job with Elder Sign, now time to do it up right with your flagship game.
Spread around this recent article from the LA Times:
The article mentions how iphone/iPad/PC games can actually boost sales for board games. FFG, are you listening!??
Let the record show that I am willing to offer up anything FFG needs to help out with this effort.
I have decades of software engineering experience (including design, project management, documentation, and coding) and dozens of TI3 games under my belt. I would volunteer to help make an electronic version of TI3 possible, have ideas how to get past some of the tricky bits (and still maintain the awesome insanity that comes with political and action cards), and would still pay any price to have the opportunity to play TI3 in an electronic format.
Drooling whenever I think about this. C'mon fans, keep this thread alive.
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I would really love this.
Used to have a group of friends I played with at least once a month, but now half of them has moved so we can rarely get together for a game.
Not too worried about having AI to be honest, but some kind of virtual tabletop with everything would be awesome.
I would personally LOVE to play this game online! I never get to play it and it's my favorite game :-(
I think the online success from Days of Wonder would be a great model to follow.
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I would be interested in both a digital version of Twilight Imperium (aka the board game made into a digital format, that is exactly the same as the board game in every way), and a video game version of Twilight Imperium that isn't like the board game so much as it would be more similar to Imperium Galactica. I would very much love a game along those lines. Where you actualy can micro manage your space and ground battles (or let them play out via computer simulation), you can manage the resources that come from all the planets in your domain. Take part in (video chat style) galactic councils, ect ect. Getting to see TI designer's visions of what each races ships will look like, and the different classes (even new classes) of ships, what they look like, the different types of weapons of war that each race employs… and WAR SUNS blackening out the stars like a black cloud of death come to sweep all away!
"When the sun rises in the west
and sets in the east…"
I'm a big fan of the idea of "video gamizing" board games. As in, a program that lets you play a board game on computer on a digital table top. I'd like that for solo play as well as for saving me setting up all the components. In general, though, I think the real reason why I like digital board games is because its a way to bring back turn-based gameplay on computers. Everything designed specifically for computers these days is "real-time." Those games are fun too, but I for one am missing the good old days of turn-based games.
I don't really care about the AI being equivalent to a human player, I can still enjoy myself against half-assed AIs, as long as they aren't TOO easy. Online play and local hotseat play would also be welcome, but I'd be sad if there wasn't at least some kind of single player mode.
As for a different game (ie: set in the TI universe but not actually a translation of the board game), well, I wouldn't reject the idea outright, but I'm not exactly tingling about it either.
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