Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies live on Kickstarter

Introducing Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies – because Tiny Epic Galaxies is just too big!

My last ‘Oh OK why not’ pledge Kickstarter for August is Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies from Scott Almes and Gamelyn Games.

The Tiny Epic series has a lot of hits and misses depending on who you ask. Tiny Epic Galaxies is my favourite to date, but I still need to play some of them so that may not be entirely true.

One aspect I like about the series is most of them can be played either solo, cooperatively or competitively. For a lot of gamers, this can be a negative as a project that tries to be everything to everyone rarely succeeds. That has certainly been the case for some of the series.

For me, I enjoy that I can play a solo game or five and get a feel for the game, without having to play as extra players. It’s also fun playing a solo game and having it turn into a multiplayer expeirence.

Tiny Epic Galaxies has been a lot of fun on a few business trips. I have been able to play a solo game in the lounge, and switch to a ‘full’ game as people came to see what I was doing.

Anyone that knows the game already knows everything happening here

The Beyond the Black expansion became a hindrance to this though. Gamelyn Games has the theory that Beyond the Black is a standalone game and deserves its box. It also comes with a sleeve to keep the two games together.

The two games combined create a reasonably solid brick that isn’t as easy to travel with. Sure, in a suitcase it would be easy to pack around, but in a backpack full of other stuff? Not so much.

Because of this I haven’t been carrying it or playing it as much as I used to.

One of these in a side pocket of my backpack will be a lot easier to leave in my bag

So when I saw that Gamelyn was recreating the shrinking experience of Ultra-Tiny Epic Kingdoms with Galaxies, I was excited. Now I can have a travel game about the size of a standard poker deck, while still keeping a 1-5 player game on the move.

And the pricing isn’t bad either – about AUD$18 for Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies or AUD$29 for both Galaxies and Kingdoms! So I went for the latter, as I haven’t played Kingdoms in years.

If you have always been curious about the Tiny Epic games, this is a good price point for a lot of content. Especially as Ultra-Tiny Epic Galaxies also comes with the Satellites and Superweapons expansion included! Or you may be like me, where the original just became a bit too much to throw in your bag when travelling.

If you don’t know about the game, check out the wealth of reviews and content already on the internet. Tiny Epic Galaxies was even on Tabletop, with Tim Schafer playing! Don’t know the name? He designed or was involved with some of my favourite adventure games such as Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts and Day of the Tentacle.

I am a little curious how my monkey hands will go with the mini sized cards, but it should be fine

Or even easier – watch the game with the video below!

Whatever your interest in the game, this is an incredibly short Kickstarter run, with about four days left of the project.

Check out the Kickstarter here for more information.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – March 4th, 2019

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Chronicles of the World Championship Kung Fu Zoo leads Sherlock to call Cahoots between the 1643 Galaxies involved

Yep, that intro stretched the board game title gag, but wow apparently I made up for last weeks lack of board games with a vengeance!

So there are a lot of games to get through, so let’s get started!

Chronicles of Crime

Another case in and this one was advertised as a hard one.

It did not disappoint.  We mostly got to where we needed to be, but there was some time critical elements that we missed and got let astray on.

Lesson learned – do not let just Harls read out the crime scene :p

Just from the base game experience (I have not pulled out any Kickstarter specific items or expansions yet), this is getting a great run – a couple more games and I will be ready for the review!

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The new mechanics and possibilities of this system are amazing!

World Championship Russian Roulette

This was a fun little filler experience between Chronicles of Crime and Tiny Epic Galaxies.  Hadn’t played it for ages, so it was fun to pull off the shelf.

Yes, the theme of the game is dark and not something that should be joked about lightly, but if playing with people with a dark sense of humour can be a fun game experience still.

We played three players which worked fine, but it did bring home really wanting the higher player counts still.

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Still a fun simple game to pass a little while. Three was fun, but want more players.

Tiny Epic Galaxies w/ Beyond the Black expansion

Talking about games that haven’t come off the shelf for a while, we ended games night with Tiny Epic Galaxies: Beyond the Black.

There was a forgotten lesson relearned – if you don’t remember the flow of the game, it goes for a long time.  A really long time.  A 45-minute game went for the better part of 2 hours!

But even with this and a couple of initial rule missteps, we still had a lot of fun.  And that’s what playing games is all about, isn’t it?

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It may take a lot of table room, but Tiny Epic Galaxies was the first Tiny Epic game that clicked with me

Sherlock: Last Call

You heard about this not long after we played it in yesterday’s Ramblings.

A novel yet brilliantly simple premise, you have a bunch of cards and you need to play out the important clues to solve a case.  It’s like playing Bridge but instead of playing for points, you play for much higher stakes – information.

After Alpal showed this one to me, I will be looking out for more in the series as I am sure she will.  For around $15 on the pricey side, how wrong can you go?

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It's hard enough putting the clues together without making a game of bridge out of it!

Kung Fu Zoo

Another Alpal special, and a game I wouldn’t have looked at twice.  Kung Fu Zoo is a king of simplified Strike if you know the game.

Players have a number of dice that get flicked into the ‘arena’.  You can flick dice in from the centre point of any side, but it must be in the centre.  You are trying to be the last player with dice outside the cage (i.e. now knocked down the corner holes) or with their dice paws up.

I can see this being more fun with 4 players, but playing just with Alpal and I was still a fun and interesting experience.  You try to knock dice onto different sides while pulling off billiards shots – definitely something to get the crowds coming for a look!

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This lot was living on the edge, but mixing dexterity with dice values made for a fun experience

Cahoots

So I have enjoyed games like The Game and The Mind.  Having a relatively simple task before you to be completed with the limitation of not being able to freely communicate is an interesting experience on multiple levels.

Cahoots keeps this kind of experience alive but adds a kind of quick progression system to the game.  In The Game, it’s not until the end you know how well you went.  In The Mind, you go up levels and have a goal with the previous successes behind you.

In Cahoots, you have a number of objectives that must be met in order to ‘win’, so you always feel like you are accomplishing something.  It was a lot of fun, but I wish the colours had suits on them as well as I had trouble with a couple of the colours.

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Quick, challenging, and gives you a sense of progress as you play.

Claustrophobia 1643

A fine example of two-player dungeon-crawling done right.  Claustrophobia 1643 is a reprint and refinement on the game Claustrophobia, a highly regarded and sought after game for many years.

The catch with the initial run though?  Only a few thousand copies were being produced, and they were limited even further by region.  Alpal got in first with the Oceania pledge, and I lucked out when a few more were allocated.

It’s a great, fun and hectic experience that has been incredibly streamlined.  But I won’t go too much further into it here, because the last 2,500 copies are going up on Kickstarter on March 12th! If you missed out, here is your chance.

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I want to talk about this game, but it's REALLY hard to get. Look on Kickstarter March 12th!

Kingdom Hearts 3

Yes, I platinumed Kingdom Hearts 3 the week before, but I haven’t finished the game.  Not yet.  Not the way I want to.

Even though I played through on a lower difficulty, I kept flying around in my Gummy Ship and picked the first galaxy as clean as I can of combat, items and challenges.

One down, two to go.  Finding these blueprint crystals is hard, even with the radar!

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Captaining the Black Pearl in Kingdom Hearts 3 😀

Resident Evil 2

So now that I ‘finished’ Kingdom Hearts, it was time to go back to another game that I was looking forward to playing – the Resident Evil 2 remake!

I had finished the Leon A campaign before Kingdom Hearts 3 was released, but yesterday I got to smash out the Claire B campaign in one hit.  Well, a few deaths and reloads because of some “Come On!” moments, but all was done on Sunday.

Now that I have finished the story as such I can start with The 4th Survivor modes as well as some of the free what-if Ghost Survivors scenarios.  Even before I begin trying for those S+ rankings, I have a lot more game to play!

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Wow. And this was the shorter chapter. I did clear out the police station this time though 🙂

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD