What is Heroes & Other Worlds?

Heroes & Other Worlds is a game of adventure inspired by Metagaming's classic Melee/Wizard/TFT system combined with inspiration from the Moldvay edited basic game. The rules are easy to learn and use standard six sided dice. The system is simple, sensible and flexible in the spirit of classic role playing games from the early 80's. Become a Hero, Other Worlds await!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Of interest? Tiny Epic Kingdoms

Link to Kickstarter
Besides my love of adventure games, I am a big fan of board gaming. I am always on the look out for unique games that run in a short period of time but deliver a good gaming experience.  To that end, I'd like to invite you to look at a new Kickstarter: Tiny Epic Kingdoms.  This Kickstarter should be of interest if you enjoy 4x games and it plays in hour AND it fits in a 4 x 6 box! Too good to be true? Read on.  First a review of the prototype from Father Geek, below is a summary:

Tiny Epic Kingdoms packs everything I love about 4x games into a small package that delivers big game play. Best of all, it takes only minutes to set up and less than an hour to complete. Despite its shorter game play time, none of the 4x game play or depth is lost. You get to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate without rolling dice or leaving outcomes to chance. A player is always in control, but not always in the best position to get ahead. Warmongering and aggressive game play is not the only road to victory, and often times players will fail if they only invest their time focusing on just one aspect of the game.There are many roads to victory, but a player must travel a little on all of them to get the advantage. How they take that journey is up to them.

If you’re a fan of 4X games, than Tiny Epic Kingdoms is for you. If you like microgames that can be played in less than an hour, then Tiny Epic Kingdoms is for you. If you’re looking for a fun game you can play with your friends and family, then Tiny Epic Kingdoms is for you. If you like complexity, depth, strategy, and tactical game play, then Tiny Epic Kingdoms is for you. In fact, the only type of person Tiny Epic Kingdoms is not for are those individuals who don’t like to have fun!

Kickstarter? Yes I know, but having supported one with this company (Gamelyn) before I can attest to the quality of the final product and timely delivery, so you will get what you are paying for....which is fast becoming quite a lot!  The basic game has a price of $16 USD, and free shipping in the U.S., or add $12 USD to ship to Europe.  A deluxe edition adds two unique factions, 2 dice, and runs $24 USD (again free ship US/$12 ship EU).

It may or may not be your cup of tea, but just in case, I thought you may want a look. I have supported it myself and I have no relation to nor interest in Gamelyn beyond that as a purchaser of their games.


  1. Hmm. "Old fart" here. Not familiar with the term "4x games."

    Computer type game, I take it?

  2. Sorry MS, 4X is a term from computer gaming. It means to eXpand, eXplore, eXploit and eXterminate!

    1. Holy Mackerel! Sounds great! What games would be examples?

      Think "older" stuff! ROFL

    2. Older computer games of this type would be: Reach for the Stars, Civilization, Spaceward Ho!, and Masters of Orion (both I and II).

      4x games are great fun, but typically take many hours to play. Someone designing one to be played in an hour as a board game is quite a revelation.