FINALLY! Someone answered my thread on Supremacy
!!! And thank you very much for doing so. Unfortunately for you I am now so excited that I have made a long post.
The game is a little gimmicky, but I enjoyed owning it (though I was able to play it very few times and my father did not really like it). Yes, you should have bought it and kept it, even if only for its collectible value!
If you want to see what it is like, see my Wish List
. My name on there is the same as my Redscape screen name (JimHackerMP). I have put the game there, as well as the brand new game called Supremacy 2020
, which is released or to be released (date = 2014) There are, however, a few images taken; I do not like the map, in particular (partly because it divides up the United States with a Eurocentric map
There were editions of 1984, 1986, 1988, and finally, 1992 (with a redesigned, flashy-looking box), and I think the '86 and/or maybe the '88, both with the normal looking blue box, are the most common on eBay's, Amazon's and Board Game Geek's markets. They are actually going for quite a pretty penny, but not too bad for gamers like us.
The game was made by Supremacy Games, Inc.
which, as the name seems to imply, was its only product, to my knowledge. (Probably not the best way to stay in business!) But, thanks to the necessities of clearing up the rule ambiguities and drawbacks---really only a few minor fixes are needed and there are lots of websites for this---they probably cleaned up pretty nicely on the plethora of blister packs
and expansion packs
which they likewise produced; a few of them were:Neutron Bombs & Killer SatellitesResource Deck 2Resource Deck 3The Middle PowersPirates and Warlords of the Neutral ZonesBoomers - Ballistic Missile SubsThe Unconventional ForcesMain Battle TanksThe Mega-MapField Marshall's Handbook
(supposedly expensive if you can find it! But it clears up questions and ambiguities people had with the rules...)
I myself owned three or four of the expansion packs; they came in these little boxes and looked so darned nifty. OK, yeah, I got a little into it even though I had no friends at the time who would be willing to play this game!
Players can develop the bomb and the "L-Star" ("Star Wars"/SDI-type satellites) and build them. I remember playing with my father and I got the bomb before he did. He said "Well, looks like your German scientists are better than my German scientists!"
There's an international market for Grain, Oil and Minerals; you need to control companies to have access to these commodities; purchasing them on the open markets raises and lowers prices (a flaw in that caused the markets to be either entirely depressed to $1 million, or grossly inflated to $1 billion!), you can borrow money from another player, at interest or whatever terms agreed upon. Movement of your fleets (which can carry four armies each) requires oil, of course. Too much nuking can end the game in Nuclear Winter (oops!) Of course, one of the flaws was the fact that anybody could roll to shoot down a nuclear strike with their L-stars, and got to roll one die for each L-star they had. It almost made a nuclear strike pointless unless the target didn't have the L-star research & development yet (you had to spend money on the R&D just to roll to see if you actually invent the Bomb, or the L-Stars (plus how much each L-star and nuke costs in commodities and money).
The nifty thing was the little black plastic mushroom-clouds to denote a territory which has been nuked.
The money was soooooo cool lookin'; Like Monopoly money but more colorful, and of higher values: seven denominations, from $1,000,000 to $1,000,000,000. Also these little "supply centers" (not like a supply center in Diplomacy
, they are cards with little black plastic disks used to keep track of your commodity resources (oil, grain, minerals) and the nukes and L-Stars you own.
Sounds fun, doesn't it? Maybe if we both got one we could play by email, however that might be done!!! No pressure, tho...
The BGG link for Supremacy
And the link for Supremacy 2020
Geeze, we cannot POSSIBLY be the only two members on Redscape who have heard of Supremacy