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TOPIC: Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops

Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 19 Aug 2008 07:13 #10276

Aarontu wrote:
A quick, light, and easy wargame that is actually pretty balanced! INGENIOUS!!!

The pieces are certainly cool and nice to look at, though the box is a bit overly-yellow. The modular board is very nice, colorful, and cartoony. The game scales well for any number of players; the staggered starting income is a great balancing mechanism, and all the exploration tiles are roughly equal in value. I use blue acrylic crystals for rubium, which add a Starcraft-esque coolness to the game. The game is simple and easy, moves fast, and looks and feels way cool! Also, the pieces have a distinct alien-odor that just adds to the theme!

But, for some reason, I just don't feel like playing it very much. Since the object of the game is simply to win a bunch of battles, every game feels kind of the same. I still love the game and think it's great, but it's not my first choice, anymore.




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Re:Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 19 Aug 2008 07:49 #10277

I've only played it a couple times but it seemed pretty fun. Especially getting the dragon out an about...
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Re:Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 19 Aug 2008 08:46 #10279

It's a solid game--there's a lot of "game" in there. You can futz along, la la la, and then just RAWR! Special Mission! Capture the base! Gather 6 points! Game. Excellent midgame rebalancing. You never feel like you're out of it in my experience. A couple of good die rolls and you get right back into it. The only real screwage in my experience can come from tough lava placement near your edge of the board, and it's not like you don't see that coming.

Great game, oh, and now officially grossly overpriced. I saw one on eBay for >$40. This was in the bargain bin for like 10 cents for more than a year. Now it's hot property! Damn this is a weird hobby.
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Re:Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 19 Aug 2008 22:48 #10311

jeb wrote:
Great game, oh, and now officially grossly overpriced. I saw one on eBay for >$40. This was in the bargain bin for like 10 cents for more than a year. Now it's hot property! Damn this is a weird hobby.


If that's indicative of a trend then I'm really glad I bought mine when I did. I found one on Amazon 2-3 months ago. I can't remember what I paid but I'm sure it was +/- 5 of MSRP.

I LOVE this game. Anyone who's willing to play Risk is more than willing to play Nexus Ops and it's a vastly superior game.
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Re:Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 20 Aug 2008 09:30 #10321

Great game and we even played it under black light.

Best Nexus Ops moment: Winning the game with the 4 VP "Out of the sky" (was it?) card, where you dive with two dragons from the Monolith into an enemy's base.

We always play this game in four player team mode, how about you?
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Re:Weekly Trash - Nexus Ops 20 Aug 2008 15:03 #10346

I've never had the pleasure to play this 4 player, but I have quite a few three player games under my belt.

I love this game.

The Secret Missions cards are great, simply because they always keep you're opponent guessing and i'm known in my group or unleashing a series of well played Secret Mission ards to really steal the win from behind.

I wish there was some super awesome deluxe version of this game with a larger maps, more bases, etc...but sometimes simplicity is great.

I rarely seem to be able to get on the monolith though, and don't really use it as a key part of my overall strategy, but certainly getting those energize cards is nice.
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