Who played Supremacy?

Supremacy, the board game of global power

Supremacy, the board game of global power

I happened upon an ad for it while looking something up in an old issue of Dragon magazine.

I never played it, though for a long time I wanted to buy it. I thought the expansion set concept was cool, though no doubt it would have bankrupted me.

There is an online version of the game, though I haven’t checked it out yet.

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10 Responses to Supremacy

  1. Timeshadows says:

    Yes. I co-owned it with a friend, and we bought a few of the expansions.
    –It was a beast of a game, especially with the expansions, but having ‘Star Wars’ orbital weapons, Bio-Chem, and Nukes was great fun –just think of Risk, updated to the contemporary era, with an economic system of resource pillaging, all on steroids.

    ****.5 *’s

  2. The Badger King says:

    My friend had this. We played this a few times… the first time we played, 5 players, 4 and a half days. Our biggest game was 13 players. Epic levels of mayhem. If this game didn’t cost an arm, a leg, and the firstborn, I would buy all of it, and ll the expansions.

  3. James Smith says:

    A friend of mine had this and our group played it a few times. Always ended the same way, with all-out thermo-nuclear war.

  4. Yes, all of our games also ended in Nuclear winter.

    The first problem with this game is there is no disincentive to letting the nukes fly.

    The second problem is the economic system, which can be too easily manipulated.

    Having said that, it’s a blast of a game, and would be made that much better if someone could fix those two problems.

  5. Stuart says:

    I played Supremacy quite a lot back in High School. The add-ons really change the game a lot. There’s a real arms race with making sure you have more L-Stars than your opponent has Nuke Silos (or Neutron Bomb Silos). Using the K-Sats and Spies to take out L-Stars at the last moment was a key part of some of our games.

    We found it didn’t devolve into a Nuclear winter all that often – since you can’t conquer a territory after it’s got the black mushroom cloud. Lots of Neutron bombs and chem-war though.

  6. Rob says:

    Sorry to say that this game was rubbish. It really seemed promising at first, with a great system for resource discovery and general combat. But once your figure out how to manipulate the market, it just comes down to everyone bouncing the market to make money for a few hours, then the loosing player trying to get all his nukes off to trigger a nuclear winter.

    I have given my set, along with many of the expansions (including the mega-map and complete rulebook) to my brother – I think he played it once, realized it was still broken and left it.

    People have always dreamed of having this game with better rules, but so far I haven’t seen anyone come up with anything that really worked.

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