One of the great appeals of the game, the original at least, is the art. It was hand drawn by Dave Trampier, or Tramp as he signed his art. And when I say hand drawn I mean every single counter and the entire board was hand drawn. Each monster counter in the game and every space on the masterboard is a little different. It really gives the game a unique and interesting feel. The reprint by Valley Games faithfully reproduces the original in gameplay but has very modernized art that I am not fond of. The picture below is of the masterboard and stacks of monsters shown just after the recruit step of 's turn.
This game did not go so well for me. Moving and recruiting was not working for me and I was losing stacks every turn. My main stack, the one with my Titan in it, was getting fairly strong but otherwise my position was weak. Les was doing a little better but was still not able to compete with Steve. When 1130 came and it looked like we were still an hour from the end we called it and Steve declared himself the winner.
The overview of the game is that you control a Titan that leads legions of monsters around a fantasy world recruiting new monsters and hunting down and killing your opponents legions. Movement is controlled by the roll of a 6-sided die. All of your legions on the board move this amount if they choose to move. One Legion must always move. The board is made up of interconnected spaces joined by movement symbols that show the rules for moving from one space to the next. These spaces are arranged into three rings on the board. When moving a Legion is forced to continue around the ring they are currently in. But when stopped the Legion is often forced out to the next larger ring of spaces on the board or occasionally able to move in a ring. Legions naturally struggle their way into the inner board and then slowly drift back out to the outer ring. Recruiting occurs immediately after a Legion moves into a space where they have native creatures in their Legion. Each space on the board has a terrain type and each creature has one or more terrain types that they can be recruited from. Landing in a native terrain space allows your Legion to recruit more of a monster, or recruit up to the next stronger monster if the Legion contains enough of the weaker monster. (you can see the recruitment tree printed on a piece of paper by the board in the picture below) Any Legion that moves into an opposing Legion must, at the end of the movement phase, conduct battle until one Legion is completely destroyed. There is a complicated process of deciding to fight or flee or negotiate that i won't get into. The main thing is that most fights are not fair and are therefore resolved with the weaker Legion fleeing (being destroyed) without granting full points to the victor. Points accumulated go to strengthen the players Titan, unlock special abilities, and recruit special creatures. A player is eliminated when their Titan is killed. The game ends when there is only one player's Titan left.
Anyone local who is interested in playing, especially learning to play, let me know. It is a fun game and worth trying at least once.
I'm playing the Feds. Setup included rolling an "activation" die for each of my ships. On a 6 the target ship activates as normal. Anything else the ship is considered to be adrift. The adrift ships activate fully on turn 2.
I got lucky and managed to activate my Fed Concordat-class Dreadnought so i wasn't a sitting duck on turn 1. I deployed in a star pattern so that no matter where my opponent deployed i had something pointed at him. Of course he deployed opposite my Fed. Dread.
My Kzinti Dreadnought was forced to drift closer to his fleet while the other two adrift ships, a Kzinti medium cruiser and a Fed Command Cruiser, drifted 90 degrees to the front line.
His ships: a Klingon Heavy Cruiser, Medium Cruiser, and a Romulan MC swarmed my Kzinti Dread (as you can see in the photo).
After the first enemy firing both my Dreadnoughts had taken a small amount of damage including a Dilithium chamber critical on my Fed.
My single firing opportunity left his Heavy Cruiser very close to disabled (see pic).
The remainder of his ships fire was concentrated on my Kzinti Dreadnought reducing it to 4 hull points away from disabled and crit'ing 6 more systems. (pic)
The end of turn clean up didn't treat the Kzinti well and both of it Impulse and Dilithium systems escalated causing it to be disabled and running adrift. End of turn was better for the Fed Dreadnought, it was able to do a damage control check on its Dilithium critical.
Running out of time so we have to rush through turn two. I'll fill in details in the comments later.
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