MarkShot wrote:Empires was in a few ways closer to some things Philippe Thibaut did before AGEOD was founded.
* EU1: He was the author of the boardgame and on the PDS team porting their very first game that would build the franchise. But at that time, the venture was not Paradox.
* GI aka Great Invasion published by Nobilis: This game does not run well under NT kernel Windows, but if you can get a copy for free and or a manual, you will immediately see the similarity to EU1 with realtime, pop-up message, events, etc... In it, you will find the life cycle and aging of nations. Also, points were not simply awarded for conquest. But the absolute most unique idea was that the player would actually play a color which was an unrelated group of nations. This idea has appeared in business simulations, but never national/factional strategy. This predates AGEOD I think by 2 years.
But Philippe Thibaut and Andatiep were interested in Turkish Civil War (1919-1923) recently; few years back. EU Boardgame was on the past. Espana, RCW were designed and later 'libertad o muerte' by Miguel.