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Subject: Nexus Op or Kemet? rss

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steve zhang
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The title pretty much says it all. I need a fast multiplayer tactical war game, and after some research I have narrowed down to these two babies. I can't justify getting them both since they pretty much fill the same niche my collection lacks of.

I'm open to any other suggestions. Thanks in advance.
 
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Steram Shaw
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I own both of these games, really like them both, only played them as 2 players so far though, if I could only keep one, I think as a 2 player game nexus ops just edges it, I really like the secret mission side of it. And I do prefer rolling the dice in nexus. But that's just me.
Hope this helps a little.
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steve zhang
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Yeah it definitely does. Thanks a lot Steram for making me realise I missed out an important criteria in the OP. The main reason I'm considering these games is for 3 or 4 players so I'm wondering as a multiplayer game which is better. Still I really appreciate your kind reply
 
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Gláucio Reis
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Nexus Ops.
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Brian M
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Between those two I would totally pick "both"!

But, if you must pick one...

Nexus Ops* is faster. It feels a lot like an RTS translated to a boardgame (in fact, it feels more like Starcraft than the Starcraft board game does!). The unit variety is nice, and the system really encourages aggressive play.

Kemet doesn't have unit variety, but it has an interesting action management system and lots of special abilities to acquire during the game. It requires a bit more "economic" management as actions and power points are pretty limited. It also rewards aggressive play, but it is also possible to play a more defensive game and still do well.

That's really tough. I might suggest that if you want the game to look a bit more like a more normal wargame, to go with Nexus Ops, but they are both great games and I don't think you will go wrong with either of them.

* Warning: I have only played the AH version of Nexus Ops. I don't know if FFG changed anything.
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Christian Link
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Dude... Nexus Ops +1
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chris thatcher
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Kemet is longer and id say has more depth but i wouldn't play with less than 4 personally. Nexus is shorter but works great from 2-4.

They are both great.
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Andrew Shegda
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In Nexus ops your board position is more important than in Kemet. You have to work your way to your (possibly secret) goals and your strategy revolves around where you want to control and what troops you will buy to do this.

In Kemet the board position is very fluid. You need to try to take advantage of and guard against attacks from everywhere. Someone may strike somewhere you thought was safe and then fade away immediately. This may sound chaotic but actually what your enemies can do is restricted just not in the way you would expect in a conventional 'dudes on a map' game. It also has the advantage that you can probably affect the leader no matter how distant they are unlike in Nexus Ops where if the person who is about to win is not near your armies there is no much you can do.

Nexus Ops feels more like a streamlined conventional strategy game (eg: Risk). Kemet feels like an interesting twist on such a game that has resulted in something quite different. I agree with the people who have said you can easily have both.
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