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Any suggestions for a game with a range of races to play as, different attributes and powers, etc?

Had high hopes for Dungeon Run but the gameplay (especially the "end game") fell a bit flat.
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Chaos in the old world has it but I don't know how many games of it you want to play.

Runewars and such does it to.

There's massive variation in Cosmic encounter.


I don't know whatever you think Neuroshima Hex offers enough variation but that's one more.


I suppose many of the 2 player miniature games and war games got different armies/sides to.
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On the heavier economic side there's The Scepter of Zavandor and the upcoming Terra Mystica.
 
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Small World has lots of races, attributes, and powers that switch up. Lots of variety in this game, especially if you add some of the expansions.
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+1 for Cosmic Encounter

I do not know about the content of the new FFL version, but my older version from Hexa Games Cosmic Encounter contains

- 48 completely diffent races
- 7 styles of home planets/systems

The possible combinations with 4 players, let alone 6 players, is huuuuge. You will never play the same game twice. And i played it a lot in the two decades i own that game laugh

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+1 Summoner Wars
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jill e gamer wrote:
Small World has lots of races, attributes, and powers that switch up. Lots of variety in this game, especially if you add some of the expansions.


awesome game indeed

the best one in my collection!
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Blue Moon

Also has lots of expansions.
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jill e gamer wrote:
Small World has lots of races, attributes, and powers that switch up. Lots of variety in this game, especially if you add some of the expansions.


+1!!!!
 
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slimo wrote:
Any suggestions for a game with a range of races to play as, different attributes and powers, etc?

Had high hopes for Dungeon Run but the gameplay (especially the "end game") fell a bit flat.


Are you interested in playing a single race throughout the game? Or are you interested in playing a variety of races/roles throughout a single game?

For example, in Summoner Wars and Cosmic Encounter, you choose your race at the start of the game, and then stick with them until the end of the game.

However, in Small World you select different races as you play. Your starting race will not be the same as the race with which you end the game.
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jill e gamer wrote:
Small World has lots of races, attributes, and powers that switch up. Lots of variety in this game, especially if you add some of the expansions.


I'll blame the lateness of my posting for forgetting this since I own it. This is a game that can't be taken seriously. You have to fully embrace the sheer possible goofiness it offers, "Run in fear of my flying halflings." The actual placement/fighting aspect is actually kind of weak. Fills in the beer and pizza type of game. It's a pseudo filler game and main game due to it's play and length. If you play this seriously at all, it's going to be a dud.

Saying that, Summoner Wars and Cosmic Encounter are the two best picks so far for sheer variety and game play.
 
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Teloric wrote:
slimo wrote:
Any suggestions for a game with a range of races to play as, different attributes and powers, etc?

Had high hopes for Dungeon Run but the gameplay (especially the "end game") fell a bit flat.


Are you interested in playing a single race throughout the game? Or are you interested in playing a variety of races/roles throughout a single game?

For example, in Summoner Wars and Cosmic Encounter, you choose your race at the start of the game, and then stick with them until the end of the game.

However, in Small World you select different races as you play. Your starting race will not be the same as the race with which you end the game.


They don't need to be changeable during the game, just a game that has a variety of races available to play that feel different.
Defenders of the Realm possibly?
 
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slimo wrote:


Would also work.
 
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Variable powers is probably my favorite thing for a game to have

If you want massive variety (enough variable powers to last you multiple life times) with iconic powers that each player heavily identifies with as their one cool special thing they can do, then Cosmic Encounter. This is my favorite game

But if you want games where the races or whatever are as differentiated as possible with many facets of differentiation rather than just one big special signature they can do (but at the cost of less variation) then I'll recommend Chaos in the Old World

OR... if you're considering 2 player games... then there are many 2 player games that do variable races/powers/abilities EXTREMELY well. My current favorites are Claustrophobia, War of the Ring*, Summoner Wars*, Puzzle Strike*, BattleCON*, Yomi.

P.S. Small World, while not exactly one of my personal favorites, is a great recommendation if you prefer more conservative games -- many games with variable powers tend towards drama and chaos, but Small World is relatively tame and therefore more digestible for players who do not like chaos or unpredictability

*These games are usually played 2 player, but do support more than 2 players.
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Lots of great suggestions here already, so I'll try to list some that haven't been mentioned that I think qualify-

Battlestar Galactica- Each character has different abilities
Rex: Final Days of an Empire- drastically different race abilities.
Manhattan Project w/ Nations expansion- each player gets a unique country power to use
Ghost Stories- each taoist has a unique ability each turn
Merchants & Marauders- draft a unique captain at the beginning of the game
Carson City- every turn you pick a new character to take advantage of their power


Actually, now that I think about it, a TON of cooperative games give each player a unique power- Yggdrasil, Flash Point, Pandemic, etc.

I know some of these are pretty generic examples of variable powers, but I figured it's good to have some variety.
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SirHandsome wrote:
OR... if you're considering 2 player games... then there are many 2 player games that do variable races/powers/abilities EXTREMELY well. My current favorites are Claustrophobia, War of the Ring*, Summoner Wars*, Puzzle Strike*, BattleCON*, Yomi.


When mentioning Puzzle Strike, BattleCON and Yomi, the simpler but fun brother Flash Duel: Second Edition has to be mentioned, too. BtDTV has a nice video review: [geekurl=http://www.boardtodeath.tv/review/3084]Flash Duel Video Review[/geekurl].
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Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) is what I had in mind, although I game with someone who has pre-ordered it already.

Not sure that variable power covers what I am thinking....maybe I haven't explained myself well enough..
 
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