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Subject: Is it similar to Guardians of Graxia? rss

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Andrew S
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I have a box with Guardians of Graxia and by reading summoner wars rulebook these games seem to be quite similar. In SW you have events in GoG you have spells instead. In SW you earn mana by discards in GoG mana is given by your land tiles. There are slightly different rules in regards to combat, movement and card placement. In SW replayability is achieved via expansion decks in GoG it's by constructing different maps out of given terrain tiles.

Can someone who played both these games compare them?
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A very quick answer: Not even close.

I am sure someone will come in with a better detailed explanation meeple
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Can you elaborate? Did you play both? Thanks!
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Some of the obvious differences are in the components - Guardians has a modular map board, designed to flucuate based on the specific scenario you are playing. SW is the same grid map 6x4 spaces on each player's side. GoG has differening goals in the scenarios; in Summoner Wars, the goal is always to kill the opponents Summoner. SW battles resolve with a dice roll, whereas unit info and varying card bonuses resolve GoG.
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The different factions in Summoner Wars also mean the events, units, etc are very very differemt from each other. The Tundra Orcs play nothing like the Phoenix Elves or the Benders or Vargath...there is quite a bit of expandability with SW.

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Mike, thank you for this, but these are all the technical differences that I already know by reading the rules. What I'm after is subjective opinions on how differently these to games play, the feel of the gameplay in each of them, and which one is more satisfying and why.
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I don't know how many people have played both, but you can try reading the comments section for both games. Guardians of Graxia only has 30 or so.
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James, Summoner Wars is certainly more popular. Is it better though? Thank you for the hint about the comments section. Can you imagine that all these years I've been using this site, I completely overlooked the comments section, didn't even know it exists! This was a valuable piece of info for me, thank you again.
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zespri wrote:
James, Summoner Wars is certainly more popular. Is it better though? Thank you for the hint about the comments section. Can you imagine that all these years I've been using this site, I completely overlooked the comments section, didn't even know it exists! This was a valuable piece of info for me, thank you again.


I find the comments section really useful, even more than reviews sometimes, because you can get a wide variety of opinions and see if the reasons people like or dislike a game would similarly turn you on or off to a game.
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I have played the Guardians of Graxia computer game which I hope is close to how the board game is played.

I also play lots and lots of Summoner Wars.

You are correct in that both games have superficial similarities (units moved around on aboard, spell/event cards, head to head DM/scenarios).

Honestly though the same set of basic descriptions is met by many different games. For example the new Mage Knight board game and many of the tactical combat minis games.

To be frank I found GoG to be much more difficult to play and less rewarding. There are lots of modifiers to each attach which make it difficult at a glance to determine the outcome of each fight.

Summoner wars has a much simpler combat system (which some like and some dont). Even though the games are similar, my opinion is that there is more enjoyment to be found in summoner wars compared to GoG. Rankings/comment volume/forum posts indicate this is a common opinion.

However YMMV. If you have any specific questions I did not address I can try to answer those for you too.

As a side note Summoner Wars is cheap to get into with inexpensive starter packs.
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If you ever played Dreamblade that would be the closest i would compare it to
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