|This is my new jam.|
HERO brings us a guest review of the new Song of Ice and Fire miniatures game!
A Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures game is one of the best table-top games that I’ve played in a long time. No, seriously, and I don’t say this often and without good reason. At first, this game completely flew under my radar because I was wrapped up in other games. Recently, I have been gearing up by re-watching all the seasons of Game of Thrones to prep myself for the final season. One night, I remembered something: Game of Thrones actually has a miniatures game! After a quick jog down memory lane, I remembered that CMON created A Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game.
|I might have gone pretty hard with my first purchase.|
- I love the fact that the rules are some of the cleanest rules I have ever seen. It’s almost like the game was designed with tournament play in mind in that there are very little questions I had out of the initial rules package. The game seems like a perfect blend of complexity and speed with tight-wording and streamlined mechanics seen from other minis games. The rules package itself is very lightweight and comes with all the nitty-gritty you need to get in and start playing.
- Speaking of speed, I just love that the game puts movement trays back on the table and the units are ready to play. I can get a package from Amazon to actively playing with that unit on the table in 5 minutes. The minis are hard plastic, has great detail on them, and come with a movement tray for all the units to fit snuggly into.
- The game uses alternate player activations with plenty of play and counterplay (via rules, tactics card, tactics board..etc) that allows for active engagement with the other player in all phases of the game. I absolutely love games that go back and forth because it not only keeps players focused, but it generally leads to more even games where choices feel more meaningful because you have a chance to respond next activation. It’s not like you’re just sitting there watching all your units get shot off the table.
- The rules are light, but the game is very deep: Activation order matters, the amount of drops you have matter (deployment and activation), the commander you choose matters, the control of the tactics board matters, your tactics cards and the order you play them matters, your list composition matters, the game mode and mission objectives matters, everything matters. Part of what makes a good game great is how much the player influences the outcome of the game. Looking back at all the games played so far, I can zero in on particular situations where if I did something different, I would have won. This is important for me as a competitive player because less ambiguity means a more direct route to improving.
- The tactics board by itself is a complete mini-game inside the existing game. This really deserves its own section, but let’s just say that NCUs count as activations and how you interact with the tactics board influences the units on the board, the tactics cards in your hand, and how you play the game as a whole. It’s absolutely awesome how it’s so tightly integrated into the game mechanics while still making a ton of sense from a flavor and fluff perspective. When Cersei Lannister is playing her games at court, your units really feel that on the battlefield.
- There is so growth potential in the game that I can’t fully wrap my head around it right now. Right now, we have Lannisters, Starks, Neutral (with House Bolton units!), Free Folk, and Night’s Watch. There’s a good amount of unit variety already but that’s without most of the other major Houses in there as well. Where is Baratheon, Tyrell or Greyjoys? What about Daenerys and her dragons? Can we even fit Dragons in a 40 point game? Is there going to be an epic game format or the possibility to ally different houses with another outside of faction + neutral units? The possibilities are near endless.
- You can take 2 lists into a tournament event as long as they’re from the same faction. This has got me super excited because you essentially have a backup list to play to a specific matchup or game mode to maximize your chances on winning.
|More armies to come!|
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