The weekend before Easter was all about playing and testing our new prototypes. Being out of my usual playing group, I had to face a new wave of questions about our games, about NSKN, the future and much more. The most difficult question I got during these extensive sessions was how does Exodus: Proxima Centauri compare to Warriors & Traders. And I got it twice!
At first I was thinking that I am being asked to compare apples - well, board game apples - with plums . Since that would not have qualified as an acceptable answer, I gave it a deeper thought and realized that the question is not only valid, but it requires some kind of analysis.
Warriors & Traders and Exodus: Proxima Centauri are both strategy games, with a medium to high level of complexity and they address the experienced gamers rather than beginners. Gamers' games, as many will say. While Warriors & Traders is random-free, Exodus incorporates dice and cards. Even though there are ways to manage it, in Exodus luck is part of the game and of the fun. One thing is worth mentioning, rolling many dice improves the chances of getting a number of hits that is close to the calculated probabilities. The more dice, the less chances of getting peculiar results in combat. This is a way to mitigate randomness and also, it is so much fun to roll 20+ dice at once.
Warriors & Traders is a combination of a Euro game and a war game, with a unique flavor - the deterministic way of solving battles. Some consider it an empire building game, some believe it is too specific to fall under this category. In my opinion, Warriors & Traders is a game for those who are looking for a different experience in board gaming without being and actual empire building game in the classic sense. Exodus: Proxima Centauri strives to be a grand strategy game. It incorporates mechanics of resource and territory management, political decisions, bidding, researching technologies (and there are many of them) and fighting opponents. The range of decisions and of options in the game makes it, in my opinion, qualify for the category of empire building games.
This is just the first part... second part coming soon.