Twilight Imperium III Tutorials


The best way to learn a game is to have someone show you how to play it. With a game like Twilight Imperium III it's not often easy to find someone to show you how it's played.

The purpose of this web site is to provide a basic walk-through of playing a game. A 3-player game is shown in detail. There's also an unofficial 2-player variant.

For graphics I used the VASSAL game engine and a module for Twilight Imperium III, as well as a few images of my own.

Fantasy Flight Games has released a new expansion called "Shattered Empires" for Twilight Imperium III after this tutorial was published. The tutorial does not contain references to any of the expansion materials.

As I find bugs, or as people write to me with feedback, updates will be made to this tutorial. In a few places I'll probably add enhancements too. The home pages for both the 3-player and 2-player tutorials have an Edit History identifying updates as they are published.

Have fun.

3-Player Game

2-Player Unofficial Variant Game

Fantasy Flight Games makes the rules of the game available online. Their web site can be found here: Fantasy Flight Games.
You can download the rules for the base game. The FAQ is available here: FAQ

Also, if you are interested in learning about the Shattered Empire expansion you can find those rules here. I recommend adding the expansion after you have played this excellent game a few times.

In August of 2006 I published a review of the board game Twilight Imperium III. You can find that review here.


If you have comments, bug reports or other feedback, I can be contacted via e-mail: Stephan B Wessels

The use of this tutorial is free. If you would like to make a small donation of any amount please use the secure PayPal button.