Gameday First Play – Mechs vs Minions (Spoiler Free)

“We are looking at a society increasingly dependent on machines, yet decreasingly capable of making or even using them effectively.”

~ Douglas Rushkoff

Set in the world of Runeterra, players take on the roles of four intrepid Yordles: Corki, Tristana, Heimerdinger, and Ziggs, who must join forces and pilot their newly-crafted mechs against an army of marauding minions.

So… Spoiler Free as there is quite a bit of hidden stuff (envelopes and a box) so I took pics of the game before I opened anything.

This co-op game starts with a tutorial… It’s one tile big and your goal is to destroy 4 motionless, harmless gems…

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You do this by programming your bots… A number of cards are laid out and players draft them. The number you get depends on the number of players so in our 3 player game the first player got 2 and the 2 other players got 1 each…. The 5th is discarded.

Then you put them on your player board. There are 6 slots on the board and you can put them anywhere but just remember you activate them left to right so put them in the right order 🙂

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The actions have you moving, turning and attacking… Some have a mix of the 3 but they’re all unique and interesting… If a bit limited… There are 4 types of cards and only about 4-5 of each with multiple copies so you very quickly know them without reading them which is a useful ability to have later but SPOILERS! (Although, this is the fist player marker so… :))

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Then in turn order you activate everything on your board from left to right, Then once everyone has done that you lay out more cards and draft again with a new start player.

This time you can place cards of the same type over other cards on your player board. By stacking this way you get the ability of the card on top, but depending on how many are in the stack the card gets more powerful…

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So… The card that lefts you move forward 1 or 2 spaces, if it’s second on the stack you can move 2-4, then 3-6…

You move around dealing damage and eventually destroying those 4 gems and then….

Play it to find out more 😉

The game is excellent but up until this point it felt quite flat, like an extravagant and expensive Roborally.  But once you get into the second part of the tutorial/1st scenario it gets AWESOME. You get damage which is fun and annoying, those minions come out and yes, you need all of them in the box 🙂

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You also have all this stuff visible in the box along with a couple of D6’s and a D12 with the different colours on that you initially use to establish the starting player. Exciting huh? 🙂

Always tough to write about a game when you don’t want to talk about the best bits but trust me, it’s FANTASTIC once you get going 🙂

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