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Author Topic: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter  (Read 683 times)

Offline tallyho

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ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« on: July 15, 2022, 09:45:00 AM »
I had the pleasure of being a playtester for a new Sci-Fi ruleset called "Enderain".  All complete now, and on their way in October apparently. Wanted to share some words on them as I was so impressed with the gaming experience they gave.

Loved Stargrave, but these are a whole different level up for me.  Tons of weapons, gear, options, special powers, roles, leveling up, all of it.  Complex but easy. A ten game campaign absolutely FLEW by.

A figure is a team member, and your team is built around roles, powers, gear, and weapons.   Pretty standard stuff but with a few nice twists.

Things I loved:

- Detailed but easy.  Allows development of strategies for move and fire, and using weapons/powers.

- Powers are NOTABLE.  You won't use them often, but they make a real difference.

- Game is run by a (provided) card deck.  It manages initiative, allows building of strategy, and allows for interupts that can turn the game.  Also helps run the NPC's.

- NPC's are a different level to any other game I've played.  They are run by 2 custom dice (included) and are unpredictable and pretty autonomous.  Allows full coop and solo game play easily.

- Just felt "SCIFI".  Must be 100 different weapons, with good upgrades on each type (rocket launcher rules are great).

- Uses D12's.  Something I havent seen before.  Not swinging results and gives tons of scope.

- Includes a plastic tracker.  Uses dice to track wounds and XP.  Used right, it means a COMPLETELY counter/dice free tabletop and no pen and paper needed. Really speeds up gameplay and loos so much better.


Things I wasn't so keen on:

- There is definitely a learning curve with this.  SO many options for drones, team roles, powers, weapons, NPC's, getting loot, leveling up.  But there are 3 cheat sheets included (core rules, NPC rules, Roles and Powers) so you don't have to keep diving into the book, and its simple, once you've got it, you've got it.

- Firing is a several step process.  Unique and good, but you'll need a game to get your head around it.



Overall I was pretty hyped by Enderain.  It offers everything I want in a SciFi game, and the card deck and NPC system are totally different, almost like a board game feel in a way, to anything I've seen in a miniatures game.

Will work for any future setting as well.  We even used them for a Judge Dredd game and they worked great. I could see these working great with Star Wars or anything tbh.


Offline NotifyGrout

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2022, 08:15:41 PM »
Is there a website or release timetable? I am interested.

Offline ithoriel

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2022, 08:23:12 PM »
They have a website

https://www.enderain.com/

Sounds interesting .... though I need another sci-fi ruleset like a hole in the head!

Might not stop me buying them, though.
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Offline Bloggard

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2022, 08:22:11 AM »
my word, that's very swish presentation on the website.

looks good.

Offline fred

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2022, 08:58:37 AM »
Does sound interesting - I quite like Kill Team v2, but a more generic Sci Fi set would be great.

Offline ithoriel

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2022, 02:55:08 PM »
If it weren't for the "Join our Facebook group" I'd say this would be a certain buy. As is, if support and discussion are going to revolve around Facebook, count me out.

Offline fred

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Re: ENDERAIN - Mini Review - A Very Different Sci-Fi Shooter
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2022, 07:00:48 PM »
If it weren't for the "Join our Facebook group" I'd say this would be a certain buy. As is, if support and discussion are going to revolve around Facebook, count me out.

Thats a pretty big negative for me too

 

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