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So, I've been playing 40k for a while now and it is starting to get a little boring. Not so much that I don't enjoy playing, but that the strategy and rules involved are too simplistic and cumbersome. I am to the point now that I'd like to try something new, but I haven't been able to find decent reviews on any of the tabletop games.
I like science fiction primarily, but I just don't know enough about any other games to make a good decision on where my next money sink is going to be. That is where I am hoping some of the more well rounded members of LO can help me out. Right now, I am looking at Infinity, Hordes, and Warmachine as possibilities.
Of all of them, Infinity is the most intriguing to me but even looking through their forums I have no idea what the game is about or how it works. They have decent miniatures and they are comparable in price to GW stuff, but as far as actual gameplay and armybuilding is concerned I have no idea.
In ending, can anyone recommend or give a brief review of any of the other non-GW games out there? Like I said, I prefer a sci fi game that takes real strategy and I avoid historical games like the plague but I'll try anything if people tell me it is good.
Thanks in advance.
Have you thought about BattleTech? It's a excellent game with much more detail than 40k, but manuever and tactics are still hugely important. Games can range in size depending on how much time you have and it's still a figure based game if you have a hankering for painting and collecting. Rules are still in print after many many years so it's still popular. I remember many great games with much action and some really exciting end results.
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I haven't played Starship Troopers (by Mongoose Publishing) but I've heard good things about it and all the factions have a pretty neat bunch of options. I especially like the new race they're releasing, the Forth, because they're supposed to be like the Tau but without the boring bits (infantry ).
AT-43 is also a good game in terms of tactics and stuff; the system is significantly more complex than Warhammer 40k, even with the small amount of factions. It can just be a pain to differentiate between your various units because of the activation system that they use. I believe the models are all resin and come pre-painted, which really is a nice touch. I can see the game becoming popular, but I wonder how long they'll be able to keep up the pre-painting.
No ill will and stuff, hope you come back to 40k eventually.
I'd recommend Urban War and Metropolis.. the full rules for both are free to download from here: http://www.urbanmammoth.com/ along with a bunch of other stuff.
Metropolis is the mass-battle version of Urban War, which is more of a skirmish game. Both sets of rules are good, although I much prefer the close combat and turn sequence of Metro. Urban War just had a new rulebook released last week though, so they've probably improved a few things.
Both games use alternate activations, and various orders including overwatch. I've found it to be nice and tactical. The background, artwork and models are also pretty damn good
Hey man, I know how you feel. I have been interested in warmachine as well.
As good games go, if it interests you, flames of war is really good(I've heard, and watched played)
there's a pre-painted wargame AT-43, haven't played it(again) but have heard nothing but good things.
I am currently enjoying Axis and allies: war at sea(great, game) myself.
Hope you find what you're looking for, and if you find one that's great, or try one out that you like, let us know. I'm positive there are a lot of other members that will either end up there or are considering this juncture in the hobby right now.
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Any games out which are compatible with using 40K figure?
LO RulesOriginally Posted by AnonymousOriginally Posted by Cyric
I used Starship Troopers minis to make my Scout Marines...maybe you could do it the other way, too?Any games out which are compatible with using 40K figure?
Warmachine/Hordes is a good way to go. It's steampunk rather than straightfoward sci-fi but they have some truly amazing models that will make you rediscover painting. Complex rules with a short game-time make for a nice change of pace to 40k.
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you could try Infinity by Corvus Belli. They have a lot of nice miniatures and I've heard that the game is really tactical because each player can act on the same turn. It's sci fi and has a lot of advanced tech involved and lots of nice tatical rules.
I don't play it mainly because I like controlling big armies and the miniatures are hard to find except if you order them online.
whoops I guess you know about it, sorry
I would reccomend Axis and Allies: War at Sea. It's cheap and fun and can be played ususally in under 30 min.