A team-building relaxed memory game for small groups

How To Play Empires

First of all elect a adjudicator to go into the other room. A topic is chosen i.e. Food, Cars, brads, Countries ect. and one by one each person playing walks in to the room with the adjudicator and tells them what 'thing' of the category they are. (if the topic was food, Player A could say- Apple). The adjudicator then writes the players name and their chosen thing. Everyone in the room does this

The adjudicator then comes out and randomly reads out every bodies things once (and once only).

Everyone has to try and memorize all of the things through out the entire game. Starting with any player they call out the name of a person and what thing they think they are. If they are wrong the person just says no, but if they are right they say so and then move next to the person who got it right. They now are the King of an Empire. This same process goes around and around the circle gradually building up more empires.

If your thing has been guessed and you are in an Empire you cant guess any more peoples things but you can however help your King to decide whose thing they should guess next. Your turn is just simply skipped.

If you are the King of an Empire and your thing is guessed you AND your ENTIRE empire has to get up and move to that persons empire. The winner is the King whose Empire has everybody playing in it. i.e Towards the end there will be just two Empires left (they could be 1 person or 20!) and if a King guesses the other Kings thing they win everybody in that Empire and WIN the game.

NOTE: The adjudicator must never read out the list of things again during the game. They can only tell people what they are if they forgot (in another room of course).

NOTE: An Empire can have only 1 person in it (The King) it doesn't have to be more than 1 to be an Empire (i.e. if there were 30 people playing at the start there would be 30 Empires)

Have Fun :D

Materials Needed



Build-Ups, Memory, Strategy, Team-Work

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on 8 September 2013


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Is s a good game, the vassals enjoy helping the King in our group. Thanks for the clear instructions.

Posted by Mrs M on 22 Sep 2017 at 3:32:18

i think this will be extra fun combined with rock-paper-scissors when choosing who gets to guess.

Posted by malwx on 22 Jul 2017 at 5:36:10

This game does look interestinggggggg . I will try it in my youth group .

Posted by Alfred N F X on 13 May 2017 at 9:50:44

Looks like a fun game but with one weakness: basically whoever doesn't guess first and is thus recruited into another persons Empire is doomed to be a "vassal" the entire game with no chance of ever being King or Queen. Other than that it looks good - I still may try it once to see how it goes.

Posted by Pete on 21 Sep 2016 at 1:43:27

Not gonna say my real name, but I love this game...
definitely a favorite

Posted by pyro_doughnut on 3 Sep 2016 at 6:54:33

The instructions are hard to understand due to spelling and grammar mistakes. From what I picked up, it sounds interesting :)

Posted by Bruce on 31 Dec 2013 at 12:49:56
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