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

Tiny Epic Tactics has one more week on Kickstarter

Tiny Epic Tactics Cover

Another Tiny Epic Game is on Kickstarter

The Tiny Epic series of games from Scott Almes and Gamelyn Games seems to be a divisive one in gaming circles.

I know people that swear by every iteration and rank them as some of the best games ever.  I know others that will walk away when they hear “Tiny Epic” anything and not give any game a chance.

I am in the middle.  I enjoy the idea behind the series, but not every entry has won me over.  For example, Tiny Epic Galaxies is a lot of fun, Tiny Epic Western not so much.  Well, to me anyway.

But that is actually one of the things that attract me to the series.  On their own, each entry is a lower cost gateway to a genre of games that many people may not have tried.  Sure, the Tiny Epic may be a gimmick, but it helps keep the costs down and storage space to a minimum!

So not liking some of the games in the series to me is no big deal.  No one like every type of game, so there will always be misses for players.  It just surprises me how many people judge the entire series from one or two isolated games.

Tiny Epic Game Haul
When you have so many games you can release your own carry bag! Image from gamelyngames.com

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about Tiny Epic Mechs, and made no secret it was the interchangeable weapon loadouts and custom meeples that attracted me.  The game looks OK (I haven’t tried the Print and Play version yet) but it has a solid base, and I can pull it out to take somewhere instead of Adrenaline for example.

Well, the new instalment is using in the box storage solutions and terrain, similar to Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats. It’s also a tactics combat game, so think along the lines of Arcadia Quest in a lot of ways as well.

Now Arcadia Quest I acknowledge as a fun game with incredible components and a lot of replayability.  But like any big success and hobby, you can sink a lot of money even into a starter scenario.

Firefly Adventures: Browncoats and Brigands is cheaper and I am a fan of the series, but to date I haven’t really had the chance to get it to the table properly.

Both games have some issues introducing them to new players – one is cost, the other is the theme.  Yes, themed games – especially licensed IPs – can stop people from trying new games.

Tiny Epic Tactics Contents
Not a new idea, but a compact idea and probably a good way to introduce people to a new style of gameplay

But a game in a little box with clever components?  It’s amazing how many people are willing to give a small box game a go compared to the bigger ‘proper’ games.

Tiny Epic Tactics has a few different game modes, which adds to the appeal factor for a wider audience.  Want to play solo?  There are solo rules.  Games are only fun when you dominate? Go the competitive ruleset.  Like to enjoy the social experience of cooperative gaming?  You are covered as well.

And this huge variety of choice is why I am pretty much going to stop talking about the game here.  The things I am interested in may turn you off, and the things I may gloss over or ignore as not for me may be what excites you about the game.

The best advice I can give is that if this has sounded interesting to you at all, check out the Tiny Epic Tactics Kickstarter page and check it out.  There are many preview videos as well as the information from the order, and a how to play solo preview from Gamelyn Games that I have also added below!

The Tiny Epic games should always be viewed on their own merits, and I certainly don’t have most of the series.  But the ones I enjoy I really enjoy, and I think that Tiny Epic Tactics will be one I can get to the table fairly often in various forms.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Tiny Epic Mechs is live and crushing it on Kickstarter!

Tiny Epic Mechs Feature

Tiny Epic Mechs was a must have impulse buy

I have a bit of an on and off history with the Tiny Epic series of games.  I absolutely love the concept – a small box with a big box feel.  Sometimes these games have hit, sometimes not.

The first to really click with me was Tiny Epic Galaxies, a Yahtzee style dice roller with variable powers.  What looks simple becomes a frantic race to earn enough victory points in time.  Tiny Epic Galaxies starts slow but finishes in the blink of an eye.

Tiny Epic Western is a game I need to revisit.  I backed it early and went all in, but the almost poker mechanics led to some disagreements at the table.  But the idea is solid – a worker placement game with poker hands instead of die rolls or similar.

Tiny Epic Zombies looks like a lot of fun, but I am still waiting for it to arrive.  I have seen the updates on Facebook of happy backers receiving their copy, so I have been avoiding the ‘Tiny Epic’ updates for a couple of weeks.

Early this morning I woke up to a Kickstarter notification – ‘Be the first to back Tiny Epic Mechs’.  Pre-coffee John opened the page, and saw this:

So I am now a backer of Tiny Epic Mechs, the latest Tiny Epic game from Scott Almes.

Really, just putting Meeples in Mech suits had me sold – it was an early morning impulse buy of the first order.  For someone with sausage hands like myself, there is a good chance these item meeples will be too small to put the items in and out constantly, but the idea is great.

Like every other Tiny Epic game, this one is mechanically different.  Now players are competing against each other in a gladiator-style match, but with action programming – similar to Colt Express.

Tiny Epic Mechs Parts
Build up your pilot meeple as you play

Over on Kickstarter, not even 24 hours in and the Stretch Goals are dropping quickly.  Extra pilots and component upgrades have already been unlocked, with more to be announced.  And unlike some other publishers *cough CMON cough* if the project does well, backers just unlock everything.  Tiny Epic games are designed to fit in the small box, period.

And Gamelyn Games is far from a Kickstarter novice.  On the page you will also see a game run through with JonGetsGames, as well as many previews from a lot of different board game reviewers.

And one of my favourite things to see on the page – the rules!  While Tiny Epic Mechs was indeed an impulse buy, having had a chance to look through the rules this morning this really does look like a game I can get behind.

This looks like a straightforward (if potentially component fiddly) programmable game that should be simple to teach during the first playthrough.

Tiny Epic Mechs Solo Meeple in Mech
So many Ripley references will be made early in this game 🙂

So head over to the Tiny Epic Mechs Kickstarter page and have a look for yourself.  It looks like a lot of fun for under AUD$50, including shipping!

And if you are on the fence, grab the print and play version and give it a try for yourself 🙂

Until next time,

JohnHQLD