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Horizon Wars: Zero Dark
by Ben R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/07/2020 19:11:39

I am still a big fan of the Horizon Wars rules published back in 2016. Although that game was for platoon-sized combined arms sci-fi engagements, the low model count and innovative dice mechanics made it feel and play a lot like a skirmish game. A tremendously engaging and well paced skirmish game. So I was very interested to see what had changed for Zero Dark.

The author has managed to achieve something quite remarkable in this ruleset. The core mechanics will be familiar to Horizon Wars veterans, and many of the tactical tropes and load-out options will be pretty standard to a sci-fi tabletop fan. A nifty "AI deck" of playing cards (with the jokers!) is utilised as a way to generate unpredictable AI moves in the game and to generate random events.

What's REALLY good, is that the game is built to be fully Solo, Co-op, or Competitive from the ground up. Not one of these game modes feels like an afterthought. You and a buddy can team up to sneak through some gitty urban battlefield, timing the takedowns of sentries and making daring sprints from cover to cover. Or, you and a buddy can both be slick and competing special forces operators trying to steal the same bit of intel from a group of pesky insurgents. And, if for some reason, you find yourself indoors and alone for a protracted time (review written springtime 2020), then you can build a custom team and go it alone. The transition between these game modes is seamless. That's testemony to robust design.

You'll need some d12s, a deck of cards, tape measure, some counters to track status effects, and around 20 modern/sci-fi themed minis.

You'll quickly pickup the rules, and you'll rapidly see that they generate compelling narratives and cinematic spectacles in your games!



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Thanks, Ben!
Horizon Wars: Zero Dark
by Mark B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/28/2020 17:28:39

The novel and very pleasing dice dynamics of Horizon Wars get elaborated on wonderfully in this 28mm skirmish game. It handles solo and co-op beautifully, with a very simple but engaging AI for your adversaries. Kitting out your squad is a joy as well, given the multitude of options available. Highly recommended for anyone interested in solo/co-op tabletop minis wargaming.



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Horizon Wars: Over the Horizon
by Jessica N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/18/2019 08:20:24

Want to see your stompy Battletech 'Mechs and transforming Robotech Valkyries face off against your nice collectors edition Pacific Rim kaiju and frickin' Godzilla?!

No? Just me? Well, this will let you do it anyway!



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Horizon Wars: Superheavy
by Matt H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/30/2016 04:54:01

Great product!

This gives you what it says on the tin... a bunch of super hravies to add to your game. This is in the form of Mecha, Tanks and Fliers. Some can be transports as well so great for scienarios. Full rules for each of them to build what you want

Cheers Matt



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