Endless is the type of game I have wanted for a long time. After regular RPG play I yearn for a little competitive gaming, and EFT fits the bill nicely. It is the first "miniatures wargame" that my wife has enjoyed playing. I can easily teach it to friends in an evening, and they will remember most of the rules the next week. Overall the game simple enough that I can convince casual gamers to play it, yet detailed enough that I don't get bored with it. It bridges the gap between board game and traditional war game.
Key game details:
-Classic Fantasy Archetypes - Thief, Knight, Cleric, Sorcerer, Skeletal (Risen) Warrior, etc. Additionally the game includes classics from Japanese RPG video games like the Lancer, and Brawler (Pugilist.)
-No factions - Any classes/monsters you like can be combined to create a party.
-Grid based play surface - No tape measures. Anything from vinyl roll out mats to dungeon tiles work for play. RPG gamers should be good to go. The board is only limited to your imagination.
-Small Skirmish scale - Normal battles will be 4-10 models per side, 5 or 6 models being the most common.
-Unit Customization - Non-character models get to choose 2-4 abilities from a list of 5-10 on their card. This means you could field multiple archers (or whatever) and give each a different set of powers. Many models also get points with which to spend on items.
-Unique Initiative Mechanics - Players take turns activating models, but you have to set an activation order at the beginning of the game and can only move one model up or down the initiative order each turn. This puts more strategy into choosing the order of play.
- D6 Dice Pools, Opposed Rolls - Most rolls are opposed checks with both opponents rolling their dice and adding up successes. Damage is based on margin of success.
-Campaign rules/Co-op rules/Character progression - Though I play mostly standard VS. battles, there are rules for campaigns, and more play options like cooperative rules (with monster AI cards) in the soon to be released Miasma Wars supplement.