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My FLGS has this game for $20 (they also have Betrayal at House on the Hill for the same price). Is it worth getting it at this price, or should i pass for something else?
 
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Your listed collection doesn't give me any hints as to whether you'd like Nexus Ops or not, but I can share my own views on the game. I gave it a try at Origins this year with three other players. One player thought it was okay. Another liked it. I thought it wasn't very good. And one player loved it so much that he went out and bought two copies the next day.

It's really a fairly simplistic game with some nice-looking bits, a gameplay area that can be changed up for variety and a sci-fi theme. I know a local store had it up for $20 and I passed on it, but that's because I know I won't play it.

I suppose it gets mixed reviews. I'm not a fan, but obviously others like it enough to not only buy it once, but twice.

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, my collection is a bit of a trainwreck right now... i initially used it as a bookmarking system, and now i need to go back and clean it up.

Anyways, i should also add that "Monsters Menace America" was also available for $20 at this FLGS. i love Godzilla movies, but something tells me it won't translate well into a game (so if someone disagrees please pipe up).

So far that's 1 nay against picking up Nexus Ops. Anyone else?

(and thanks again for the helpful comment!)
 
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well worth the 20.00. We had a bunch of fun playing it (son-12, wife, me).
 
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I'd say you can't really lose at that price. I own Nexus Ops, and find it to be fairly decent. Seems the sweet spot on this game is three players, but I have tried it with two and it works fairly well. My FLGS has the five AH/Wizards games (Nexus, Vegas Showdown, Sword & Skull, Monsters Menace America, and Betrayal) for $14.99 each, so I too have been lured into buying a couple I didn't already own.

Nexus Ops is a very light game, but it's entertaining enough to be worth the $20 price tag, IMO. The pieces make at least half of that cost worth it. DAY-GLO!
 
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I really enjoy Nexus Ops; its a great, fast action, fun skirmish game. To me, playing it reminds me a lot of playing a computer RTS game like Starcraft. Its not terribly deep, but it presents enough tactical choices to keep things interesting. If you enjoy action/combat games at all, I'd say its well worth adding to your collection.

Monsters Menace America is a lot of fun IF you can get into the theme and not take the game too seriously. The gameplay is pretty shallow and straightforward, but the mechanics work fine. It is not going to be to everyone's taste, but I find it pretty amusing. (I also have to confess to fond memories of old giant-rubbery monster movies).

Betrayal is downright odd. You don't really play it to win, you play it to have a fun experience. Best played by a group willing to get into the mood, in a dimly lit room on Halloween or something like that. If you get it though, be sure to print out the updated books.

I'd say Nexus Ops is a solid choice that should be enjoyed, as long as you like the unit building/combat genre.
Betrayal is worth getting just because its so different, but only if you're group is into a bit of "roleplaying" and silliness.
Monsters...well, its fun, but it may not appeal much to the average gamer.
 
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I would also say for $20, go for it. It's a fun game. A bit "silly" in some ways, and the colors are kinda strange (but in a good way), but it's entertaining, despite it being rather "light" (which also isn't necessarily bad)
 
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It's a wargame controlled by the dice and the cards, but there are some choices to be made along the way, and it's over fairly quickly. There are worse games that you could get for $20.
 
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the_grip wrote:
Anyways, i should also add that "Monsters Menace America" was also available for $20 at this FLGS. i love Godzilla movies, but something tells me it won't translate well into a game (so if someone disagrees please pipe up).

And the funny thing is I wouldn't even hesitate to recommend Monsters Menace America for $20. I picked it and Betrayal up for $20 apiece over the weekend. To each his own and all that.

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the_grip wrote:
My FLGS has this game for $20 (they also have Betrayal at House on the Hill for the same price). Is it worth getting it at this price, or should i pass for something else?


No, you should wait to get it until the price goes back up. It's worth $40. You shouldn't pay a penny less.

 
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But it for $20 now, sell it for $50 in a few years. Same with Betrayal. Not so sure with Monsters - haven't played it.
 
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ctalbot wrote:
the_grip wrote:
Anyways, i should also add that "Monsters Menace America" was also available for $20 at this FLGS. i love Godzilla movies, but something tells me it won't translate well into a game (so if someone disagrees please pipe up).

And the funny thing is I wouldn't even hesitate to recommend Monsters Menace America for $20. I picked it and Betrayal up for $20 apiece over the weekend. To each his own and all that.

Chris


Guh? Monsters Menace America has the silliest end game ever, which just killed it for me. And I have Gojira in Japanese: I love Kaiju movies. Nexus Ops is my favorite "so they wanted to play Risk eh?" replacement game: over in a limited time and has all the requisite dice rolling.
 
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i was beginning to think this game does sound like a glorified Risk... the fact that units are fairly generic (everyone gets the same types, yes?) and you are competing for territories makes it similar (although i do get that Nexus Ops is more sophisticated).
 
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Nexus Ops = Quick, moderately fun, dice heavy combat game.

I bought it for $20 and am glad I did. I don't think it's worth paying the original retail price, however.
 
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Nexus Ops: terrific game for what it sets out to do. I would definitely buy it.

Betrayal: I like this quite a lot. Depends on how hung up you get on winning/losing. If you accept that in some fraction of games the ending willbe completely determined, and want an experience go for it. I have played it many times and thoroughly enjoy it (especially after downloading the errata!). However, if your win/loss record matters to you or you don't have at least a handful of fun-minded friends, pas sit up!

Monsters Menace America: Don't know if I would own this if I didn't have teenaged boys. Having teenaged boys it was a must purchase. Somehow I have not convinced my wife and daughter of the sheer joy of stomping things. After all being "teenaged" is a state of mind!
 
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On a similar vein...

Are there any good tactical Sci-Fi games that anyone would recommend? Starship Troopers minis looks interesting, but i'm not looking for yet *another* collectible game (too $$ and not enough time to paint).

i'm thinking more planatary or interior combat (ship, station, etc.) - i.e. not necessarily Twilight Imperium, but something akin to Starship Troopers, etc.).
 
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Abso-freakin-lutely!!!
 
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NO.

Give me the twenty bucks so I can buy another copy for myself.

 
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Played it yesterday two times in a row for the first time. It is just a great game, and Nexus has surprisingly more depth than i expected when reading the rules, but still a light game.

Bought for 29 EU and i am happy with it, so i think that you can't go wrong with 20 Bucks.

 
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I've played Nexus Ops, Betrayal and Monsters Menace America and I've had a lot of fun with all of them.

I would definitely pick up Nexus Ops. If you enjoy light wargaming at all, Nexus Ops will be fun for you. It scratches that Risk itch whhile being faster and more balanced.

Betrayal and Monsters are both more subjective games. If you like the genre and you want to play to have fun, rather than worry about winning, they're great. However, if you play to win above all else, they can both be frustrating.
 
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I played Memoir '44 on Thursday and my first game of Nexus Ops on Friday. Nexus feels like a lighter version of Memoir with a SF theme, more randomness, and a Risk feel.

I enjoy piling up units and rampaging across the countryside. It was fun to watch each other save up Rubium to buy dragons and attempt to beat the crap out of each other. The secret mission cards add an interesting twist but are hard to keep track of during play. I "won" our game by getting two victory points for winning a battle on a forest hex, which seemed excessively generous, so I traded the card for Rubium instead and we continued to play, with the game coming down to a final battle consisting of my two dragons vs. my opponent's rock strider and dragon. He barely won the battle, beating me by one victory point, and we had one of those game box/tv commercial moments with loud shouts and fist pumping, etc. so that was cool. My six year old played with us and did ok (we will give him a six point handicap next game) but I was too busy figuring the game out to help him as much as I should have. He started off strong but then got greedy, following a mining strategy and hording dragons, which didn't get him a lot of points.

The figures are nice, but the cards are crap, as are the player mats. I'm going to laminate the mats, sleeve the cards, and build a cooler tower for the center. The tiles are serviceable but not eurogame quality, and the money begs to be replaced with something nicer, like glass stones or something else thematically appropriate.

We didn't play a very nuanced game--I didn't try to predict if someone was trying to fulfill secret mission cards, for example. I'm guessing with experienced players one could play a fun, fast game in about 35 minutes. Ours took 90!







 
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Crikey, buy FIVE and sell them in Australia....surely you can compete with the local price (US$60)...yes that is SIXTY US DOLLARS.

At US$20 you have got yourself a bargain.

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Same price for Betrayal btw.
 
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