My mates and I gave Kemet a taste of our game table this past Saturday night. We played a 5-player game. We utilized the excellent player aids and FAQ found here at the 'Geek. Our group enjoys confrontational games and since this game is all about confrontation, we had a blast.
A word of mild warning - the first few plays are going to be a slog. Learning the abilities that the various power tiles and divine intervention cards afford you is going to take a good deal of time. Early favorites are 'Hand of God' and 'Carnage!'.
One very minor nitpick is battle resolution. Kemet uses a card-based system of combat. Minor strategy can be employed in timing attacks based on observing what cards the defender has used up. I prefer dice combat as I'm a gambler at heart. However, this is a very minor quibble and not one that will cause me to turn down playing the game.
Fans of co-op or peaceful games where combat is not the thrust of the action will likely find Kemet to be unpalatable. The rules are pretty straightforward but will take a little while to teach. Make sure to put aside an extra 10-15 minutes for the training. Setup and takedown is also a process (36 tiles! Holy canoli!) but worth the investment.
Can't wait to play again - - - this is definitely the mark of quality for me!
I have seen players take a while deciding which cards to use. There's less thinking (and quicker play) rolling dice. But I like having the choices, even when I have to sigh loudly while waiting too long for my opponents.
48 tiles indeed - - - my mistake. I have been thinking about this game in my spare processing cycles for a few days now. Looking forward to trying a three person game to see if things are still groovy.