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Geometric Elegance: Neuroshima Hex, Now and Forever (part III)

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06 Jan 2020 00:12 #305855 by Jackwraith
Part I
Part II
SMART: 15...

In which we look at the mutations of Moloch (instead of humans), the rat people, an intelligent virus, and an Outpost plan gone awry. In other words, the weird factions.

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06 Jan 2020 13:54 #305856 by Jackwraith
Whew. Well, that's over 9000 words on Neuroshima Hex. And I probably could have done twice that, honestly. Hope some more people will be willing to give it a try.
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06 Jan 2020 14:00 #305857 by hotseatgames
Mephisto sounds really cool! I have Dancer but have only played it like twice. I don't think I've come close to playing Dancer well.
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06 Jan 2020 14:19 #305861 by Gary Sax
This is my favorite one---seeing where they stretched the system is cool.
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06 Jan 2020 14:27 #305862 by Jackwraith
That's part of what fascinates me, too. I think they did a good job stretching the system with Sand Runners, as well, since starting a fight by removing a particular hex from the board (either your own or an opponent's) AND blocking LOS is a pretty huge thing. I haven't had enough games with them now to really tell.

But, yeah, Mephisto is simply right in my wheelhouse. There are so many choices to make if you can get a couple Implants on the board early on. I haven't played a ton with Dancer, either, to be honest. Oddly, controlling the three Objects doesn't hold as much appeal to me as figuring out how to maximize the solo Mephisto. It's still a cool challenge and a very different game experience, though.
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26 Jan 2020 23:45 #306633 by Jackwraith

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27 Jan 2020 07:59 #306634 by hotseatgames

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27 Jan 2020 08:29 #306635 by Jackwraith
Well, in the lore, 2020 is when Moloch awakens and starts breaking stuff. Someone on BGG said that Portal is planning as many as five releases this year for NH (but only three of them in English...?), including at least one new army, possibly as many as three (presumably, those would be the English releases), and a "deluxe" version of NH. Apparently, the lack of detail was expressed at/in Portal's "keynote", which would be in contrast to their English language announcement page for 2020 which announced not a single thing for Neuroshima this year.

So, I don't know, honestly.
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27 Jan 2020 08:45 #306637 by Gary Sax
Portal can be such a weird company.
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31 Jan 2020 23:19 #306776 by Jackwraith
Addendum:

Got a note from someone on the Twitters that asked why I hadn't included Doomsday in this series. Well, I didn't for two reasons:

1. Because a lot of people don't have Doomsday and, consequently, don't really know how it works. I think it's available on Portal's site these days, so it's at least more available than it used to be (as a promo for the base set that had a very limited release outside of Poland.)

2. It's insane. There's a reason that Portal stipulates that Doomsday can't be used in tournaments. It raises too many questions and it's the one faction that might possibly be termed "OP." Just for shits and giggles, we tried a game with it tonight, after I got the DM. My opponent played Outpost, with which he's proficient. That's possibly not the best choice vs Doomsday, considering the level of Armor in the latter, but we thought the movement capability of Outpost might allow it to deal with the multi-angle aspect...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No.

My first two turns were putting down an Alpha Shooter, hooking it up to a Scout, followed by a Tripler and a Fireblast. The rest of the game was basically:

"Oh, I'm sorry! Were you trying to... do something? No. No. We won't be having any of that." /Murphy

That was an 18-0 win, folks. It took until the Final Battle to get the last point off his HQ, but it happened and he even Snipered my first Alpha Shooter. I ended up doing most of my damage with a Gamma with an Officer attached. In-sane. Maybe we should try a Borgo game just for theory memes?
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02 Feb 2020 23:09 #306811 by Jackwraith
And here's a description of the new army: www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/2361748/can...ls-canada-are-coming

There's a little bit of clarity in there, in that there are supposed to be five new releases for the Neuroshima universe, not necessarily just NH. That seems more likely and it's fine with me, since I play 51st State, too.
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