10 great board games for traders

10. Imperial 2030

Looking at the world through less-than-rose-colored glasses, Imperial 2030 has players take the role of internationally operating investors that act in the background of politics. In this game, it is not the players who take turns, but the six major industrial countries (United States, Europe, Russia, China, India and Brazil) that work to develop their industry and build armies and fleets. The countries then fight over control of neutral land and sea areas to become the most powerful nation.

The players act by giving money to the six powers, each of which have their own treasuries, and thus gain influence over that countries politics. The biggest investor in each nation gains control of that nation's government and decides what the nation will do. Control of a government can chance with each new investment, and players even may control several governments at one time. Don’t get too attached to one nation, though, because your focus isn’t on keeping one country ahead of another, but on your rate of return. Essentially, this game is about money, and not military domination.

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