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- Great strategy game
- For 2-4 players
- Takes about 90 minutes to play
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Send out the scouts! Position the Flagship in tactical orbit and reconfigure that Battlestation into something new! Your fleet of loyal ships, powered by the might of quantum probability itself, carries your empire to the far-flung stars. How will history remember you? As a ravenous destroyer? A clever tactician? A dauntless explorer? Command your armada, construct world-shattering technologies and rally the remnants of humanity for a final confrontation. With elegant mechanics, an infinity of scenarios and easy-to-learn rules that lead to deep gameplay, Quantum is a one-of-a-kind game of space combat, strategy and colonization that will satisfy both hard-core and casual players. Quantum won the 2012 Game Design Award at the IndieCade Festival of Independent Games, as a prototype game with the title Armada d6.
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It requires some tactial thinking and planning ahead, not in the way that a game like Twilight Imperium does, but in a way that games like Hive and Blokus might.
For our group, a two-player game usually lasts anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour, with 4-player games running a little longer. The feel of the game will change a bit depending on how many people are laying. Larger games are a bit more chaotic, whereas 2-player games can introduce a lot more problem-solving. The game is equally enjoyable either way.
The artwork in the game is fairly standard for a space-themed game, but well executed. It's a nice very looking game, though I did find parts of the player boards and space tiles to be a bit lacking in good text contrast (a trait so common in many, many boardgames), but this doesn't really cause problems during gameplay. The cards are easy to read.
The tile-based board configuration means you have a massive amount of options and definitely adds to the replay value. Most boards are between 6-12 tiles (9 is standard) and the game comes with 30. The tiles are thick, heavy-duty cardboard, and are double-sided, but each side is identical. This kind of seems like a missed opportunity, but it does make setup easy.
The same heavy cardstock is used for the player boards and the cards, while they feel a little thin, are coated and tear-resistent.
The biggest downfall of this game is the dice, which is arguably the most important component. They're big and chunky and have a nice feel to them, but theey're just not great quality dice. Some of the ones we received were warped and not flat on all six sides, and a couple of them were chipped.
Fortunately, customer service is great. I emailed Passport Game Studios (Fun Forge's US partner) and had a replacement set of dice, of much higher quality, in about 3 days.
You have to build quantum cubes (massive power / resource doohickeys) on planets. You do this via moving to orbital positions around planets and constructing, via research breakthroughs and finally, via beating the snot out of other players. The "universe" is the 9 (or more) tiles that have resource planets.
It really makes you try and come at it from all angles, because you may be peacefully building resources but as you get closer to endgame you may need to become an aggressor to protect yourself.
When you deploy a ship you roll the dice (unless you get one of the modifier cards called "Clever" which lets you choose). Each ship also has special abilities they can use.
Victory is achieved by placing all 5 of your quantum cubes. (and you can't drop them all on the same planet)
Very very cool game. The art and quality is stellar, although as mentioned by others, the dice were tacky / sticky almost. Strange but not enough to warrant a down-star.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? The dice. For under $40, you are getting a lot of game, and I appreciate that. Clearly the dice are the area the manufacturers didn't prioritize. Right out of the box, there is a layer of sticky grease on them, maybe from a solution that unsticks them from the mold. That washes off easily, no biggie. The paint on the pips is really not even close to accurately done, it looks like it has chipped away and only fills a portion of some of the pips. The dice themselves, more often than not, have certain faces that are convex, and do not lie flat. One or two of my dice even look like a portion of the corner is gone, like it chipped off and left the edges inconsistently slanted at parts. To me, it seems overly nit-picky to penalize them a whole star just for dice, but the majority of the game is dice, and I have never seen dice made worse than this.
This is literally the only issue with this game. The rest of the components and overall design is of the highest quality. If the manufacturer can fix this one issue, I would be eager to give them a perfect five-star rating. Honestly, I play a TON of board games regularly, and this is currently my absolute favorite game. It pains me to give them less than 5 stars.
If anyone out there is looking at these reviews as a game designer, you should just go ahead and get this game. It is a perfect addition to any collection, you won't regret it. It is a masterfully designed piece of work, very elegant, no fiddly rules, easy to learn, rewards skill/strategy while still involving luck, no player elimination, rewards high amounts of player interaction. Most importantly, you can get almost ANY game group to be excited to play it. It can be played in around 45-60 minutes, and even the less skilled players generally remain competitive throughout, even though the more strategic players are generally rewarded with the victories.
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Only reason for giving 3 stars is because all the dice in the game had a sticky residue on...Read more