Nemesis: First Impressions

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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. 

Final Thoughts:
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. 

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Supporter9 months ago

It's great that you can try out this sorts of games with your group! My group typically needs to stick with beginner friendly games (medium-light weight games at most). With how dark the board is I can imagine it benefiting from painted minis that will "pop" from the rest. How long did the game take to finish? 

Supporter9 months ago

We play a little slow, especially when learning the game. I’d say it took us 2.5 hours to complete the game. But we stopped for snacks in the middle and such. 

Painted miniatures would help, definitely. 

9 months ago

Great reviews. We've had fully cooperative games of Nemesis and then some where there's some back stabbing. Both are fun, but I think I prefer the tension of knowing there's a jerk on board trying to kill you. It's even better when they try and sabotage your plans but it ends up helping you haha I'll agree that there's a lot of "Kickstarter" in the game, but as far as gameplay, I'm a huge fan. Probably won't ever own it though due to cost and the inability to get it to my table as often as I'd like. 

Supporter9 months ago

I don't know if I would like the traitor element or not. 

Supporter9 months ago

Thanks for the rundown.  It does seem thematic.  But I'm sure I'd agree with the, just putting stuff in because KS.  I actually don't even think I'd mind the being stabbed in the back part.  Having said that, the only way I could see myself playing this is if I had someone else who owned it and really wanted to play it.

Supporter9 months ago

The fellow who owned it was very excited to play it. I was not going to get in his way. And it was a fun experience, but I’m looking forward to trying something else next time. 

Supporter9 months ago

Yeah, that happens sometimes with game nights.  Gotta give everything a chance (even if you might not be too excited about it).  But sometimes that turns into something really good.  Other times it just proves your pre-assessment. 

Supporter9 months ago

That's the first time I played #Power Grid. I didn't really want too.... But, boy, that is such a great ugly game. 

Supporter9 months ago

I have a decent interest in playing that one. Not sure if I’d ever buy it. 

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Supporter9 months ago

Wow.... That's a lot of replies... Lol. 


Yes, you really need to try it. It is a great game. 

Supporter9 months ago

Lol! Not sure what happened there. 

Supporter9 months ago

I assumed it was an accident. 

Supporter9 months ago

Indeed! I deleted all the extra ones 

Supporter9 months ago

I see that. 

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Supporter9 months ago

Yup! I tend to dominate the game selection too. So I was glad to step aside and let him bring out his new game this time. 

Supporter9 months ago

Totally.  I mean it helps that among my friends I own most of (if not for many) all of the games.  But I usually take a vote of a few games.

Player count often dictates what we can or will play.

Supporter9 months ago

Owning the most games is a mixed blessing. 

9 months ago

Very helpful review!  This game has peaked my interest but I am still in the same boat of not wanting to spend money on it.

Supporter9 months ago

Right! I’m glad that someone else bought it. It was fun to say that I’ve played it. But now I can move along.  

Supporter9 months ago

Haven't played it, but, you sum up very well how I think I would feel about it. 

Supporter9 months ago

Glad to be here for you!

Supporter9 months ago

Thanks 

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