Terrific game that would be a perfect 10 if not for some of the board flaws. I admit that once you are playing the game that the seams don't have a "high" impact, but they are there and do make for some ricochets that might of otherwise been good shots. I also would of liked to seen actual plastic cities and colonies instead of just blocks of square wood.
When it's all said and done, the game is simply FUN-FUN-FUN!
At the beginning of the game there has to be 1000 different possibilities. I've found the best strategy is to just GO! Don't waste time looking for the optimal move, just move, and have fun. Great game. Contender for goty 2014.
Certainly one of the best gladitorial games currently on the market. I really enjoy the Player Vs Player aspect, but can appreciate the Solo variant as well. The Solo campagin is strong and doesn't feel tacked on like some games. You can also play Coop which is good, but I like the PvP, Solo, then the Coop. Strong game, and I recommend it for people who enjoy Chess, Heroscape, or Dungeon Command.
I have the PnP version and am loving it! If you liked Gears of Time, Forbidden Machines does everything it does, but better! No more Fate Cards. Now all actions are taken from the tech you build. Very solid expansion!
We've had some amazing fun with this game. The only reason this doesn't get a perfect 10 is due to the contradicting rule book, misprinted counters, and painted dice. Don't let those deter you though. The game simply rocks!!!
I absolutely love this game! The mechanics can be a bit of a challenge to understand at first, but once you start playing, you feel like you are in a story book. One of the best games ever made. We just don't hardly ever play. :0(