What's a good asymmetry game besides Root?

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I've really enjoyed the shared board and alternate play of Root a lot recently and would love to know what other games have mechanics like this that are good.

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20 months ago

Cthulhu Wars is a great one, as all factions are incredibly different. Petersen Games' Hyperspace will also be a similarly great asymmetrical game (once it delivers). 

20 months ago

Probably the most balanced asymetric game I've played. Though the big issue on this one is the price. 

20 months ago

Yup, super expensive. Fortunately, someone in our game group went all-in, so until he or I move away, looks like we're set haha I'm also looking forward to him getting in Hyperspace. Looks great.

20 months ago

Which factions/maps do you have access to? 

20 months ago

He said he has it all, or will once that last grand onslaught shows up. We've only played with the basic map and basic factions so those who hadn't played wouldn't be too overwhelmed. But he has a big tote/tub that is strictly for Cthulhu Wars. I think the rest of his stuff is slated to arrive...soonish. I'm looking forward to that day haha

20 months ago

That is a year or so away, if I recall correctly.

One major thing that I had made was a cheat sheet for the Sleeper player's Ancient Sorcery power. 

20 months ago

Ah. That sounds about right. It's a fun game and I love how Sandy makes all the factions so different, so good, and so balanced. I feel like a lot of the factions could use a cheat sheet haha

20 months ago

Well, there is the Cthulhu Wars Wikia, which does have a strategy section for most of the factions.

https://cthulhuwars.fandom.com/wiki/Cthulhu_Wars_Strategy_Wikia

And I think I have some notes on them somewhere also. 

20 months ago

That...is a lot of strategy content haha Definitely going to be diving into this before the next time we play!

20 months ago

While it's limited to 2 vs. 2, Sabotage by Tim Fowers is a solid asymmetric hidden movement game. Having two players on each time makes teaching it much easier than any of the all vs many games, where an uncaught mistake can really snowball. 

20 months ago

GAIA PROJECT, by far my favorite. Asymmetry in abilities but not in how the game is played for most part. 

Supporter19 months ago

This one is up there on my wishlist. Gotta get it someday

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Supporter20 months ago

Cry Havoc! Go get it! So good

20 months ago

I think Vast: The Crystal Caverns would be the obvious choice. It's asymmetric as all get out. No common goals at all.

Supporter20 months ago

How are the Vast games?  I love Root and I'm really excited about Oath.  I know Vast is supposed to be vastly (pun intended) different from Root.

20 months ago

It's very different, there's no common goal. Everyone has their own. I find Vast to be more complicated, but still fun. Not as fun as Root though.

Supporter20 months ago

What’s the player interaction like?

20 months ago

You're usually going directly against one of the other players. Knight vs. Dragon, Dragon escaping the Cave, Goblins vs Knight, Cave vs. Everyone. I've not played with the Thief, so I'm not as familiar. I'd say high interaction.

Supporter20 months ago

Have you played it Solo?  I wonder how that is?

20 months ago

I have not. I'm not sure how that would go.

Supporter20 months ago

Ahh oh no now I know I'm going to really get into wanting this game.

20 months ago

I've heard Vast is a great asymmetrical game, so +1 to this, despite my never having played it :)

Premium User20 months ago

I haven't played it yet but I'm REALLY excited to get my copy of the Dune reprint. It helps a lot that I'm a huge fan of the source material, but the fact that it's considered a classic even after 40 years is a factor as well. I've watched a couple playthroughs of it and I think it looks great.

20 months ago

I have heard awesome things about Dune, I just finished the first book a couple months ago and love the world. The game seems to be VERY conflict heavy. 

Premium User20 months ago

Oh man, I'm glad you enjoyed Dune! It might be my favorite book. If you really enjoyed it I encourage you to keep going. I've read 4 of the 6 original novels so far and they're all fantastic, but all very different from each other. Be warned though, it gets weird, lol.

Supporter19 months ago

yes I'm super excited about Dune!

Premium User20 months ago

Another one I haven't played but want to play is Star Wars: Rebellion

Supporter20 months ago

War of the Ring (Second Edition) fills the same niche. 

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