another board game that wasn't originally on my list for 30 games in 30 days. xenite from "little green monsters" introduced this one to me.
based on the polish role playing game neuroshima, in neuroshima hex, you control one of several factions battling for survival in the post-apocalyptic ruins of north america. in the simple one-on-one battle games, the action takes place within the black outlined area in the middle of the board.
between your specialist actions and your troops' abilities, the middle board area is just big enough for a battle or two in the space of an hour. here is the board at the start of the game:
xenite (who is playing the moloch, a vicious machine intelligence that specializes in armor and ranged combat) has placed his hq on the board edge and i've place mine smack dab in the middle. the reason for this is that my troops (the mutated borgos) are more deadly in close combat and my hq can improve their speed in melee, which is the reason for this deployment only a few turns later.
as you can see the number of forces on the board wax and wane as infrequent combat begins taking it's toll on our troops.
for most of the game, xenite controlled a good portion of the board and kept my forces contained with his shooting. if not for one of my troops allowing me to negate the power of his hq, xenite would have completely wiped me from the board.
but some clever deployment and sacrifice on my part in the late game meant that the battle was a draw, and my borgos would live to fight another day.
take that you moloch bastards!
even though our battle took place in just a small part of the board, the game designers actually encourage you to create your own scenarios to take advantage of the rest of the board, and with the variety of images beneath each hex, you're only limited by your imagination as to what sort of scenario you could create!
i liked neuroshima hex quite a bit, and i don't think i'd pass up an opportunity to play.
box image of neuroshima hex is property of portal games, all other image property of little mens