Good miniature games

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Posted on Sept. 27, 2018, 6:52 p.m. by shadow63

Hello my fellow nerds!

Im looking for a simple table top miniature game with a relatively low price point where it can be a one and done purchase but if I wish I can upgrade it. Im thinking about buying a bag of hero clix figures and going from there but I'd like to hear what other people play. I want to stay away from D and D as it can take a very long time to finish a game. I like anime comics video games and fantasy. I'm a fan of deck building games and making the game my own so if the game incorporates any of that it would be a big plus

So basically I'm looking for a few things 1. It can be played 1v1 or in a larger group 2. Something that's all in 1 box 3. Something not much more then $50 4. Something that wont take all day to finish a game

If you can share your knowledge with me on this subject I'd appreciate it. And have a nice day

I'd be willing to buy heroscape if someone will give it up at a good price

landofMordor says... #2

Love Letter is a simple, but deeply satisfying game of deduction. Great for 10-30m at the airport or on the go. Tiny package, too, unless you get deluxe edition.

Avalon and other games under the “Resistance” umbrella are great social deduction games, the best of their kind, but you might be wanting deeper strategy.

Heroclix can take a looong time, especially if you’re teaching the game, so it might be less ideal than you think...but it’s been years since I played, so i could remember it wrong.

I’m trying to think of small, short games with RPG elements and am currently unsuccessful. But I’m on mobile — I’ll check again when I get home(: how do those sound so far?

September 27, 2018 7:56 p.m.

landofMordor says... #3

Ohhhhhh you said “miniature” like small figures and statues, not “miniature” like a diminutive game. Gotcha. Disregard that last, then(; or just take it as generically good games. My bad(:

September 27, 2018 7:58 p.m.

shadow63 says... #4

It's cool mr. Mordor

September 27, 2018 8:11 p.m.

Ryjo says... #5

Are you looking for something like 40k or Age of Sigmar? Those are games that can be played 1 on 1 or in a group, the First Strike/Storm Strike/Know No Fear/Tempest of Souls/Dark Imperium come all in 1 box, First Strike/Storm Strike are $40 each so they fit in your budget, and if you're playing those sets they are small so they won't take too long to finish. If you want to, you could upgrade by getting additional models.

September 27, 2018 8:51 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #6

I’ve actually been on a quest for something similar to this myself. I’ve played a few different games, but I’m looking for essentially a collectible card game that’s also an RPG.

It’s come to the point where I’m developing my own...

Arena of the Planeswalkers just sort of falls short...

September 27, 2018 8:51 p.m.

shadow63 says... #7

Ryjo 40k is too involved and I would need to buy terrain for it. Also I dont want to have to paint anything. I want something that comes out of the box ready to go maybe minus putting a few larger figures together

September 27, 2018 9:01 p.m.

shadow63 says... #8

MindAblaze this might scratch your itch

September 27, 2018 9:04 p.m.

cdkime says... #9

It’s a bit expensive, but Mansions of Madness is super fun. It’s firmly grounded in Lovecraft’a original stories, and does a great job at capturing their essence.

In defence of D&D, if you can find someone who will competently DM, nothing beats a good home brew D&D campaign. It’s the only game where you, as a player, can throw the DM’s plans in their face, abandon the quest to save the world, and turn pirate.

September 27, 2018 9:09 p.m.

shadow63 says... #10

cdkime that looks like it would be right up my alley! Maybe I can find someone who wants to go halves on it. I'm sure I'd like dnd but I want something that can be played by only two people and isn't overly complex

September 27, 2018 9:49 p.m.

Boza says... #11

Arcadia Quest is a great tabletop RPG with minuatures that can be easily played by 2 to 4 people. It features a lot of minis for both the heroes and the monsters and can be upgraded with several expansions.

September 28, 2018 2:35 a.m.

shadow63 says... #12

That might be the winner Boza it looks very promising

September 28, 2018 3:48 a.m.

ork_mcgork says... #13

Along the same lines you could look into the products of Ninja Division - they've got a few games that all involve minis and aren't as complicated as a real miniatures game like 40k.

The problem you'll run into is that a lot of games where the miniatures are the star, are designed for hobbyists who enjoy painting. Other games have figures that aren't really geared for painting, or come with prepainted figures. Just so you're aware.

Might also like Clank! It's 2-4, and is deckbuilding and board game all in one. One of my favorites. (also has a "sunken ruins" and "desert" expansions)

September 28, 2018 2:24 p.m.

cdkime says... #14

This thread just reminded me of a fun little fact I learned a long time ago, which I figured I'd pass along. H.G. Wells, one of modern science fiction's forefathers, once wrote his own minature game called Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books.

The rules are in the public domain, and can be found here. It looks like you'd be able to play it with some plastic army men you can find at the dollar store.

So, if you're interested in a near-free game with some historical value as a forerunner to modern minature games, you could give this a try. I've never had the chance to try it out, so I can't vouch for its playability.

September 28, 2018 2:36 p.m.

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