Courageous Bob

Hel: the last saga giveaway - so many minis

Hey all,

Just thought some of you might appreciate the chance to win this game, it has so many gosh darn miniatures! Too rich for me to back but wouldn't say no to a free copy 😅

Here is the link:

Edit: Came across another giveaway for the same game, double the chances:

Good luck everyone!

Also, how do you guys feel about the mini heavy direction that a lot of games are going? What are games where you feel are enhanced by exquisite minis? What games would you rather have tokens or meeples in instead and pay $30 less for? (I use dollars as I am assuming most of you are American?)

4 points by Courageous Bob - updated 7 days ago | 39 comments | report | subscribe

Marshwiggle92 Supporter12 days ago | 2 points[-]

I love mini's except for when I hate them.

I guess you could say my feelings are a little complicated. Game design is a art, as is painting, writing, or pottery, or sculpture, or..... When an artist is choosing how to express what he wishes to express he can and will vary medium's, even within his/her discipline. A sculptor may choose one type of stone over another, a writer may vary the style of their writing, all to increase the transmision of their vision.

So, I really think that some games are designed with a vision that is best communicated with mini's. Unfortunately, it also feels like sometimes the only vision has to do with dollar signs. And, that can cut both ways. Some games feel like they only use plain wooden meeples because that is the cheapest option.

I personally tend to prefer wood, or a mix. I really like how #Scythe has both custom wooden meeples, and big plastic mini's. I love how #Spirit Island has wooden, AND plastic components.

So, in the end I really can love minis, or meeples, or standees. My biggest concern is that the components help the funcionality and enhance the vision of the designer.

Courageous Bob 12 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is a very well thought out response :) are there any games you've bought that the addition or removal of mini's would improve it?

Marshwiggle92 Supporter11 days ago | 1 point[-]


This is maybe a vanilla reply, but I think that #risk could be improved by minis. I tend to steer away from buying games that I suspect of being dramatically overproduced. So, I'm having a hard time thinking what to take minis away from. 

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

As in going from the tiny minis that are normally there to full size detailed minis? (And presumably a bigger map to accommodate)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Probably bigger map, but mostly I'm thinking fairly small minis like they used in #War of the Ring (Second Edition) or #Risk: The Lord of The Rings The Middle Earth Conquest Game

Courageous Bob 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah, all the versions of risk I have played have small minis already. The tiny little soldiers and horse and cannons (or stormtroopers and AT-ST's in the case of star wars risk)

Marshwiggle92 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I guess all the copies of Risk I have owned/played over the years have been to old, they didn't have minis.

Courageous Bob 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I guess so, but it also means the people who make risk agree with you as they added minis :D

Marshwiggle92 Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]


lanista 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I feel there's a bunch of Kickstarter games that don't need minis, and are way too expensive for it. 

That being said, I confess part of the appeal of buying blood rage a couple of years back, were the minis. 

R0land1199 Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Painting miniatures is one of my hobbies so I get double use out of miniatures in games. 

That said I don't think they should go in every game.  They work great in strongly thematic games, when the characters being represented by the miniatures have some personality to them, and also when there are spatial elements to games.

I recently picked up #Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl which has 10 miniatures, one for each character.  The characters are strongly themed and the miniatures really help bring out what they are about.  (And will do so even more once I'm done with them!)  Those 10 miniatures bring something extra to the game.  The mutants and anomalies are all cardboard which is fine because they are generic.  

A game like #Mechs vs. Minions has a ton of miniatures for the generic minions.  You'd expect it to be too much but when it all sits on the table it a) looks amazing and b) makes it a lot easier to move the minions around.  If they were all cardboard it would get pretty finicky and would be harder to conceptualize what you are up against.   So it really helps the spatial element.

However, I don't think miniatures would add enough to your typical worker placement euro to justify the cost.  There is no spatial element to consider between workers.  Usually it's just a question of what space are they on rather than how close are they to my other worker or something similar.  Each worker is generic.  You don't need to tell the difference between individual workers most of the time.  

Of course I am sure there are exceptions and edge cases but that's how I think about it in general.

Courageous Bob 12 days ago | 1 point[-]

Edit: Came across another giveaway for the same game, double the chances:

Skurvy5 Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

I like both. Meeples can be cute (see Root) or thematic (Everdell) and I appreciate the feel and tactility of the.  On the other hand, miniatures can really add to the table presence of a game too. Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Rebellion games have some amazing minis that really make the experience so fun. The minis in Scythe are really cool too. 

I’m in favor of both! However- I definitely wouldn’t pay for a gigantic box full of extraneous miniatures like you see on Kickstarter more and more. This just becomes too much. 

Courageous Bob 12 days ago | 1 point[-]

I do think minis can add something to a game, I often think about #War of the Ring (Second Edition) and get to move these huge armies into areas is just so satisfying (if you are the Sauron player, terrifying if you are the free people's player)

Although wooden bits are always so fun to hold, games where you get to have meeples in reserve really benefit from that.

On the flip side, I really enjoyed so many aspects of #Rising Sun but the minis felt unnecessary in many cases, and often far too big for their actual impact on the game (the massive lion one that is just an extra person you can put up the top of the board being a prime example). I would happily of had tokens, meeples and/or cubes to replace most of the minis and possibly had the resources instead put into a more detailed map (that you would now be able to see due to no minis). I think I would probably buy it if that was the case as I really loved it mechanically.

philryuh Supporter13 days ago | 1 point[-]

I almost always prefer meeples, and even better when they're screen printed ones like in Root. Big part of it is the cost and the tactile fun of wooden components, but I also have a bias against mini games that makes me feel like they require more setup/teardown time and higher play counts to be fully enjoyable (I play almost exclusively 2p with my wife).

Edit: Oh and thanks for sharing the giveaway!

Courageous Bob 13 days ago | 2 points[-]

What is your guys go to 2p game? I have recently started playing more games with my partner and it has opened up a whole new section of games ((I always tended to play 3/4 player games before as played with groups).

philryuh Supporter12 days ago | 1 point[-]

The ones that usually go well for us have these elements:

  • Midweight euros (weight rating somewhere around 2.8-3.8 ish)
  • Under 2 hours
  • Multiplayer games that scale well for 2p
  • Decent amount of interaction
  • Rewards feeling of progression and has pieces you place on a board
  • Some form of engine building

With that said, the two games for us have been #Viticulture: Essential Edition (with #Tuscany: Essential Edition), #Clans of Caledonia, and #Root. I recently got #Agricola (Revised Edition), #Concordia, and #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated, and I'm pretty confident that at least one of them will break into our top 3 to play at 2p.

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

I am surprised #Root works so well with 2, I would have thought that you'd need the interplay of factions to make it pop? But then again, I have never played it (not for lack of wanting) so what do I know :D

Thank for the suggestions!

philryuh Supporter11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah, I should have explained myself actually. You're right about your impressions on Root and it's not one that I'd recommend easily for 2p only. It blooms at 3p or more and big part of the fun is that tension at the table. It's my favorite game though, so I was pleasantly surprised to see my wife enjoying it, especially since I wasn't sure how she'd feel about the player conflict that happens in the game. It made sense to me why she liked it though because like I mentioned before, we like under 2 hour gameplay, good amount of interaction, we like the build up that happens on the board, and many of the factions have unique euro-like mechanics that are fun to try out and the game has just the right amount of luck involved for dice combat.

Even though I say this, 2p (1v1) gameplay is still very limited in faction selections/matchups, so I've been enjoying trying out the Better Bot PnP's for solo plays as well as trying out a 2p co-op game against bots at some point.

lanista 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Part of the reason why I'm on the fence on root. I primarily play at 2 and fear root wouldn't makes sense at that player count. Would love to try the asymmetrical play though. 

philryuh Supporter7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Will that other player be your spouse?

If you like solo gaming, then I'd recommend getting Root. If not, then it really depends on your spouse's preferences.

lanista 7 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, my partner. I would give the solo play a try but ideally I'd like to play with her more. 

Courageous Bob 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Gotcha, that makes a lot of sense. I'd interested to hear how Agricola works with two, as I have only played it with 4 before.

nealkfrank 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

It plays SUPER fast. I have played a 2 player Agricola in under an Hour and a half and that is including the initial evaluation of all of the minor improvements and occupations you are given. 

Courageous Bob 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Have you ever played the dedicated 2p version of Agricola #Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small? If so how does it compare to playing the original with 2 players?

nealkfrank 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have not! I like the original enough to not pursue the 2p edition but I’ve heard good things. 

sdirrane Supporter12 days ago | 1 point[-]

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ha! Brilliant

sdirrane Supporter11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Stick around and you'll see I'm a big Meeple advocate.

Meeples > Minis (most of the time)

nealkfrank 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Miniatures will not sell me on a game, it will not detract me, but it will not push me over the edge. I do like some quality production to a game but a game like #Root has an excellent vibe to it without minis! I would play that over Blood Rage or Mansions of Madness any day!

Courageous Bob 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

The miniatures in root look so good and on theme for that game!

There is also a game called #Skulk Hollow that has very similar meeples, plus massive ones for the monster that I have never tried but am always tempted by.

I do wonder if games with less cute themes would be able to create the same affect with meeples though?

nealkfrank 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think of games by Vital Lacerda, games like #On Mars or #Lisboa that are fairly serious games but have exclusively custom meeples that have succeeded! All of these are quite pricey so that may be the rub there but these games come to mind as being successful serious games with meeples!

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

That is true! Custom meeples are great, the joy of little bits of wood

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Isnt it crazy that something so simple can be so pleasing!?

theDL 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Personally, I'm not a big fan of miniature-based games. Not only because of the price-jump they cause, but I guess the types of games I tend to prefer don't usually have them. So I guess I don't have anything against miniatures themselves, but seeing them in a game is usually a signal to me that I probably don't want the game. That said, I do own #Horrified, and the miniatures in that game are pretty cool looking. That game is already pretty affordable even with the minis included, so I don't imagine it would be much less without them.

Courageous Bob 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Is that more economic euro-games? Or some other kind?

I have heard a lot of positivity around horrified recently, shall have to go peruse it's page.

theDL 13 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah Horrified is quite a bit of fun if you're into co-ops!

I'm not exactly sure how to classify the games I tend to favorite games are #Evolution: Climate, #Oceans, #Dune, and #Everdell. I guess I like card-based games and worker placement games. I wouldn't say there's one type that I gravitate towards, but I just have not been interested in many miniatures-heavy games.

I'm definitely more interested in it if the theme really grabs me, such as in Horrified. Another one like that would be #Western Legends - I love that theme, and the game sounds awesome. So I don't think it's that I have anything against minis themselves, just that most miniatures games don't appeal to me.

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have been wanting to try #Dune: someone at my club got it but we have yet to get it to the table for obvious reasons!

theDL 11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep it's hard to get to the table, but it's so worth it if you're all invested!

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