Hey all! Last week on the 17th, I was able to purchase #Aeon's End: Legacy to support the NAACP and the current anti-racism movement. Extremely grateful to BGA for doing this.
I wanted to share with you all our first experience with the game and (spoiler) our excitement for it! We had borrowed #Aeon's End: War Eternal from a friend to see if it was something worth jumping into and the experience was glowing for sure! So we took the dive.
(I will try to be as vague as possible for all who are looking into this!)
In the legacy version of this game, everything is very preset at least for the first scenario. You start out as two breach mages that are basically total noobs that are thrust into a potential world ending scenario and it is your job to take care of the smaller minions while the professional breach mages take care of the big bad Nemesis. It really is a neat way to start the campaign, learn the game and ease your way into handling the big situations you will find yourself in.
Mechanically, the game functions like all other Aeon's End titles where you have a set deck of low powered cards and a market of more powerful cards to purchase and build up your deck. The catch with this system is that you never shuffle your deck, you basically flip your discard to the other side of your playermat to create your new draw deck! You have a lot of control over what cards come out and when if you plan well and keep track of what is in your deck. I love this as it mitigates some of the randomness that Deck Builders can sometimes have. The fun comes from the legacy deck and the "insight" content, basically allowing you to level up your characters and you can even morph and shift the card market as you play the game more!
I have a lot of great things to say about our play through last night. We both had a blast, we were beaming after we achieved victory in our first scenario and had a lot of fun deciding our upgrades, NAMING our upgrades and our characters that we will grow with and level up.
The only negatives I have so far is that there are a fairly small amount of scenarios to play through so I am not sure how much longevity we will have here, and the organization of the cards is a little tedious, but they set you up well for success with dividers provided and foam inserts to help the cards stay standing and in place (those foam blocks are life savers...)
All in all, extremely pleased with the purchase. I feel like I found the sweet spot for gaming with my wife. She had a blast, loved the story and the videogame feel of the game, and I loved all of that too plus the strategic nature of the game!