My game group had a chance to get together (for the first time since before Thanksgiving!) this past weekend and we played a game of Nemesis!
This will be a “Brian Battery” review of our first game.
(+) Component Quality in this game is fantastic. And it should be, given that this game is from Awaken Realms (Kickstarter extraordinaires that they are). The miniatures were high quality. Cards and player boards were well done.
(+/-) Art is thematic and genuinely well-done, but it’s all very... dark. Looking at the board it all looks very bland. Which nails the theme. But it just doesn’t pop off the table.
(N/A) Can’t comment on the rule book, as I don’t own this one.
(+) Gameplay is totally immersive and thematic. You really feel like a poor sob trying to accomplish missions on the ship. The tension of moving, the drawing of the nemesis tiles... it’s great.
(+) So many cool ideas crammed into this game. Bag drawing to see what aliens will come out. Use of decoders to see if you are contaminated. Fire tokens. Maintenance tokens. Item limits. Dice rolls. It’s all there...
(-) There are so many cool ideas crammed into this game. I think this typifies Kickstarter to me. There is a great game here. But there is also a lot of stuff. Is all that stuff necessary? I don’t know, I’m not a designer. But it seems like a lot.
(-) While providing loads of tension, the secret goals can also be a big bummer. We happened to all be working together this game, but man it would really suck if you invested loads of time into a play of this only to be stabbed in the back by another player. Which again would be totally thematic. And would be a great story. But it would feel bad in the moment. And if you were the one that got stabbed.
We had lots of fun playing this game, but I can’t say that it’s my favorite game. There is a lot of stuff crammed into these boxes. And it’s all well-done. But this just screams Kickstarter to me. And not in the way it could be good, but in the way that added bloat.
All that said, I would play it again. But I’m glad I didn’t spend my money on it.