So I’ve been hearing about the Relic Knights kickstarter periodically but nothing I’d heard made me want to check it out. The deluge of press from Gencon and the end of the kickstarter made me decide to take a look at it. In particular, this post on A Fear of Numbers, noting the rules being posted and showing a full game on YouTube gave me some substance to sink my teeth into.
After doing this research, I’ve decided to take the plunge. The game looks pretty cool. It looks really fast paced, which is a big plus. I like the epic feel of the game. Like Warmachine, the relic knights are very powerful and have the game revolve around them, which can make for some cool moments.
Finally, I’m very excited by the card mechanic. It does a couple of cool things.
First, the cards are more of a zero sum game than dice. If you roll snake eyes in Warmachine, that doesn’t increase or decrease the odds of rolling snake eyes next time. If you draw a bad hand for your faction in Relic Knights, then that means that the remainder of the deck is more likely to provide you with a good hand later. Zero sum in a good way. There is a supplement for Settlers of Catan which is a deck that replaces the dice rolling because of this very principle. I hate Catan, but that deck might help.
Secondly, while there is randomness in terms of what hand you draw for each character, during your turn you know whether or not you can perform an action. You won’t get screwed mid-turn as often. You can still gamble on whether you will draw the right cards with your attack skill, but it’s a calculated risk. I tend to enjoy games that try to mitigate luck. Warmachine allows you to manipulate your odds by boosting and this seems like it will be even less random.
I’m still trying to decide which level to contribute and which models to get. I’m leaning towards getting the N’oh and the Speed Circuit. The N’oh just look cool and the playstyle of the Circuit seems fun. I may look at the Black Diamond as well.