Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Incursion Grindhouse Games

I had a chance to play the board game called Incursion at Millennium Con.  The guys at Grindhouse Games were there and they were nice enough to give me a sample game to review and play. 

Incursion is a board game where the Allies are pitted against the Axis in a Space Hulk/Legions of Steel type environment.   The Germans have developed the ability to control the dead, turning them against the allies.  The game setting is based on an alternate WWII setting where the war rages on past 1945. 

The board game itself comes with everything you need to play including a rule book, a 2 sided game board, deck of model and battle cards, die cut counters, doors and character stand-ups and dice.  The game utilizes action points that are used for movement and to perform actions.  It also employs command points that are used to boost initiative and allow additional actions to be performed.  The rules section is only 8 pages, so it is a very quick read.  The rest of the rule book is devoted to force selection, which includes special rules and missions.

Incursion also includes a 2 sided quick reference sheet and dice.  The board game and pieces are high quality with great graphics.  Each trooper has both a front and rear image to indicate movement and fire direction.  There are all sorts of markers and doors that are used throughout game play.

Just like Space Hulk and Legions Of Steel, this game is a lot of fun.  I really like the mechanics and the cards really spice things up.  Just when you think your a goner, that perfect card pops up that allows you to triumph over the evil Axis or Allies depending on who your enemy is.

After you play a few times, you will probably want to replace the cardboard cutouts with real miniatures.  Luckily, Grindhouse Games doesn't disappoint.

The Allies have some sweet troops in full power armor.  The Axis have hoards of Zombies to throw at the Allies and other creatures too evil to mention.  In some scenarios, the Allies are really out numbered, so they must rely on their superior firepower and heavy armor to survive.

The miniatures are pricey.  A full set of 6 power armored troopers will set you back $70.  If you can afford it though, the figures are outstanding and have tons of character.  The Axis starter set is also $70.  For that you will get 12 figures, which include all the Axis baddies.  The troopers can also be purchase separately, but buying the starter sets will save you some money in the long run.

As I write this, I can not help but think that Clockwork Goblin Miniatures needs to get together with Grindhouse Games to make a 15mm version of the game.

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