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5.0 out of 5 stars
Chaos in the Old World., 20 Aug. 2010
I picked up this game as an alternative to risk on beer and pretzel nights with my friends and I must say we're all very impressed.
The game bears a fleeting resemblance to risk on the surface. It provides you a world map and puts each of you in control of an army, but that's largely where the similarities end.
While the game takes place in the Warhammer world, friends who have no interest in the Warhammer background have enjoyed it as much as those who follow it religiously. This said, the background does serve more then an aesthetic purpose as each chaos god has different objectives based on what they represent making each a unique experience.
The gameplay itself has very little down time, each player for the main part of the game, takes a single action (either placing a figure or playing a card) before it's the next players turn until everyone is out of points to spend. This keeps everyone involved and means there's less thumb twiddling involved - each action affects your decisions so you're constantly having to re-evaluate your turns and adjust your tactics.
Throughout the game you'll find yourself needing to plot with other players to take down another player (usually Khorne, the blood god, who wins through killing) while also protecting your interests, making the game diplomatic with ever shifting alliances - something which reflects the background well.
The luck factor of the game is quite low, which is nice, the only dice rolls required are for combat, where a 4,5 or 6 will kill an opponent in the region.
I've currently got 4 games under my belt, each time a different god has won and it's always been close, as long as players manage the Khorne player well - this shows tremendous balance and excellent game design.
The rules took my group one turn, with frequent references to the rules, to get the hang of and after that the game progressed and was completed in about an hour.
My only complaints are that some of the pieces have fragile bits which quickly break off (though this is hardly noticeable) and that while the board and all the pieces look spectacular, the board can be a bit hard to see boundaries. The large number of tokens also complicates things somewhat.
I would heartily recommend this game to anyone not just those with an interest in Warhammer if they are looking for a tactical and challenging game - it's just a shame you can only play with 3 or 4 players.