Tiny Epic Tactics Review - Bring the feeling of your favorite Tactics video games to the table, comp…
by rkalajian | updated 2 months ago
I remember spending many hours commanding my units in old Nintendo games such as Conflict, or later
by trentellingsen | updated 2 months ago
I don't think it'll be my purchase for the year, but if I had a few I was going to get I'd look at
by slapsgiving14 | updated 46 days ago
This game is one that looks really cool to me. I don't think it'll be my purchase for the year, but if I had a few I was going to get I'd look at it closely.
I love the theme, and the secret programming, as well as the chance to backstab...
If they had a Meeple option that was lower cost I may break my one game rule for it. I think this game would be just as good (and for me, even better) with Meeples.
What do you think?
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by 90SecNick | updated 2 months ago
Courageous Bob 2 months ago |
I had a pretty full week:
#Spirit Island - Have played our second game and are really enjoying it. Looking forawrd to ramping up the difficulty.
#Teotihuacan: City of Gods - Have a game on the go on BGA, which has been great fun.
#Race for the Galaxy - First time trying this game on BGA, it is quick and has plenty of luck but the tiny engines you build are exciting.
#Jixia Academy - We had a quick game of this the other night, is wonderfully clever and tactical, my partner whooped me.
#Welcome to... Played a few games on BGA with my board game group, I've never really played many roll and writes (or flip and wrote in this case) but it was surprisingly pleasant.
R0land1199 Premium User20 days ago |
Decent week! Got some online play and some solo play in this week:
marcnelsonjr 27 days ago |
Oh boy! I'm a big Knizia fan - we held a Kniziathon at our local gaming group, and we usually do an all-Knizia night around his birthday. :)
ALL-TIME GREATS (and I mean all-time great games by anyone, not just Knizia)
#Ra - Such a tense game that combines auctions, press-your-luck, and set collection. And you get to yell "RA!" :)
#High Society - An auction game with some similarities to Ra, but nastier. The "poorest person loses" rule and the reverse auctions for bad items are just so mean!
#Through the Desert - An area-control abstract that puts a lot of balls in the air - reaching oases, fencing off areas, putting out the most camels in a color. And it's very pretty!
#Taj Mahal - Very interesting hand-management game in which you are trying to build the best hand to win auctions. Feels like Euro Poker.
#Lost Cities Board Game - Multiplayer #Lost Cities with racing on a variable-setup board. Play with the #Keltis rules!
#The Lord of the Rings - Seminal co-op that manages to achieve the feeling of a fellowship with a minimum of rules and chrome.
#Merchants of Amsterdam - Another Knizia auction/area control game - but with a Dutch Auction clock!
#Clash of the Gladiators - Possibly the most un-Knizialike game on the list... Dice rolling! Player elimination! Draft teams of gladiators and pit them against each other. If your gladiators die, you get to control the lions. :D
#Blazing Aces! A Fistful of Family Card Games , #Dice Games Properly Explained, #New Tactical Games with Dice and Cards - In addition to designing hundreds of board games, The Doctor has also written books about board games. All three of these are full of interesting insights into game design from a master - and they have games in them, too!
Courageous Bob 40 days ago |
We tried #Abyss on board game arena with my board game group: a much more tactical than strategic game, kind of like #Alhambra but with a few extra interlocking mechanics. There are some fun decisions and occasionally you get to do something clever but mostly it is a kind of opportunistic game of making educated guesses about what will be most worthwhile for you. And that is no bad thing, especially as it plays relatively quickly.
Also finished off a long running game of #Res Arcana with @TK2187, @nealkfrank and @cbrady748 which was a bunch of fun and inspired me to try a bunch more games online of it. Not sure it is a game I will ever buy but it was a very enjoyable one I would happily sit down and play.
Courageous Bob 46 days ago |
So two player games have mostly been played between me and my spouse, who tends to enjoy less number crunchy games. We've really enjoyed the following:
#Scrabble - recently got this at Christmas and it is so much fun, surprisingly tactical at two players. We've recently taken to picking a theme and you have to link the word to the theme in order to play it. We get fairly wacky with the justifications but that is half the fun.
#Targi - I was a little surprised with how much Maddy enjoyed this, although she is very sneaky and enjoys foiling my plans.
#13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis - one of my favourites, it has wonderful mechanics, enjoyable historical information and has a really fun balancing act and bluffing dynamic to it.
#The Fox in the Forest Duet is a really nice relaxing two player cooperative two player game, perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons but with enough tension to keep it interesting
Also, cannot heap enough praise on #War of the Ring: Second Edition, it is epic and thematic and strategic and just is so worth committing an afternoon/evening to.
R0land1199 Premium User17 days ago |
You have quite a conundrum here as those are both excellent games. I own them both and love them both. I haven't played them both enough to call myself an expert but I have some experience.
One thing to consider is that GWT has an updated version coming up. The current Brass version is absolutely beautiful and not likely to get an update anytime soon. So perhaps get Brass now and wait for the GWT update?
Gamewise they are different although at a similar level of crunchiness I think.
I find it really hard to explain Brass because I personally haven't played anything quite like it. Yes, you are building out your own network and structures but you are doing it in an environment strongly connected to other players. You can use their resources and they can use yours. Everything you do might help someone else so you are trying to make sure you get the most of what you do and limit how others benefit from it. You may have an overall strategy but you are constantly reacting and acting tactically to what your opponents have done and the cards in your hand.
GWT has a changing rondel, hand management and building, board upgrading, and definitely benefits from focusing on a strategy and hitting it hard. You still have to be tactical but generally speaking strategy is more important in this game compared to Brass. It has these wide variety of elements and the challenge is making it all work together as efficient as you can while taking in to account what the other players are doing.
Both games have good unofficial solo variants if that is important to you.
If I was going to rebuy them I would buy both but Brass first and then wait for the GWT update to come out later.
theDL Premium User27 days ago |
Pretty light week, unfortunately. I was hoping to be able to get #The Castles of Burgundy played with my wife, but it didn't work out. Hopefully this week!
R0land1199 Premium User41 days ago |
A few different games this week:
slapsgiving14 Supporter9 days ago |
Pumped to add 3 games to the list just from today (a rarity for me)
1. #Tiny Epic Tactics
3. #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
slapsgiving14 Supporter47 days ago |
Some here know that my favorite video game of all time is Final Fantasy Tactics and I've yet to play a game since that has given me the full tactical story that FFT had.
That means the hype train is off the charts for me with Triangle Tactics. Everything I've seen so far looks great and I'm excited to get to the demo (after I finish Breath of the Wild). I'm pretty close to finishing that and I have Octopath Traveller on the docket next.
Has anyone here played Octobpath Traveller. I also have Final Fantasy XII in my queue (have you played it yet @philryuh?)
I'm also really excited about Mario Golf (to play with my family), and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. I am dissapointed that there has been no annoucement for a Zelda: Wind Waker port yet (as that is one of my favorite Zelda games).
Also Star Wars Hunters seems like it has potential but it's been so long since I've played that type of game. @Skurvy5 want do you think of that game?
slapsgiving14 Supporter55 days ago |
What a fun question... as you know I try to be very discerning with my purchases for many of the same reasons. I want to really enjoy what I have. I still have games I love that don't get played enough. It also helps me weed out games that maybe aren't my favorites. I have a few games I'd like to try to sell but haven't had much luck (because I don't have Facebook and don't have access to marketplace).
For me budget is also a factor.
I'm curious if your friends are pushing you to read Red Rising or buy the game? I say if it's to buy the game because they really love the IP and want to play tell them to get it. (This is not meant to sound snarky).
Honestly, there isn't much right now that I really want to get (which is a good thing). I do think I'd at least consider #Ares Expedition - The Terraforming Mars Card Game and #Shadow Tactics - the Board Game. On a semi related notes, I never get 2P games which is a little sad since there are some great ones out there, but I just don't ever have a chance to play those.
I think I would have waited #Western Legends until after the KS. I'm glad I backed it and supported it, but from a financial stand point I don't think many of the extras you got from backing were worth what it cost.
I wouldn't say I passed on the #Root KS because it was on KS when I first was really heavy into the hobby and I don't think I had a chance to pay attention enough to back it.
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