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Breno K.
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What are the main differences? Which one is more complex, more fun, etc etc...

I'm quite interested in getting Colossal Arena, but this made me curious. Maybe I should get this one instead...
 
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Main differences:

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Sorry to be brief, had to do something - back now.

First, I haven't seen Colossal Arena, so I'm not sure how it's changed from Titan the Arena.

As far as Galaxy vs Titan the Arena goes, for the most part I prefer Galaxy. But oddly enough, I won't play it with people who haven't first played TtA. There's just too much going on to grasp, and newbies tend to hate it. The fact that every ship has a special ability as well as every power is too much for many people.

The only thing I dislike about Galaxy is the limited discard rule. There's a little too much luck involved because of it. So we alter it in some way.

They're both good games - I'll happily play either. My group likes Galaxy a bit better because we like games with combat and don't mind dice. Others prefer TtA. Then again, I have one friend who prefers the original Grand National Derby which doesn't even have powers ... tastes differ.
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Galaxy has a lot more fiddly rules IMO.
I agree that newbies tend to hate it, which is why I'd stick to Titan: Arena or Colossal Arena (they're about the same - C:A has 4 new characters).

I find TtA more elegant and has a better ratio of rules-to-learn vs. enjoyment-of-gameplay.
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Bruce Glassco
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Teach your friends to play TTA or Colossal Arena. If they like it a lot and are starting to get tired of it, then move them up to Galaxy. It's a lot of fun, but I wouldn't try it with people who weren't already familiar with the fantasy version: as others have said, there's just too much to grasp.
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