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.
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.
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.
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,