This week’s Explorable Favorites (Jan 19)

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This Week’s Explorable Games

This round of Explorable Favorites is from BoardGaming.com member Stratagon. The games selected from his Favorites shelf were:

  • Space Hulk
    Games Workshop | Published: 1989
  • Legendary
    Upper Deck Entertainment | Published: 2012

These games will be explorable until next Monday, January 26th.

After you’ve explored these games, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

Comments (15)

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Gamer - Level 5
I Love Playin' Games
Amateur Advisor
Rated 100 Games

Legendary is one of my favorite games. Their is an online league (unofficial of course) and that adds a great level of replay ability and challenge.

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I play purple
Explorer - Level 6
Vanguard
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan

I really like both of these games. Legendary is such a great concept and so well designed. Would be one of my favorites if I had room for one more.

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Veteran Grader
Paladin
Strategist
Junior

I thoroughly enjoy Legendary (owned by a fried) and we have no qualms about the setup or tear down time or process. It takes about as much time as many of my other games with numerous components and I appreciate that the time is necessary to ensure a good mix of game randomness, organization, and replay factor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes Marvel superheroes, DBGs in general, and semi-coop games. Due to the VPN system, it might be the perfect way to get a highly competitive player to the gaming table despite it being a “co-op” game. My wife certainly falls in that category and she won’t touch SotM (much to my chagrin).

Space Hulk looks beautiful and is very tempting. Unfortunately, it looks very similar to Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster in so many ways (Space Marines v Mutants/aliens, modular board, beautiful minis that require assembly, etc.). I happen to have a copy of Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster but have never gotten it to the table. I’m afraid that Space Hulk would suffer the same fate, despite it’s appeal to me, as I rarely play two-player games with anyone but the wife (who would not appreciate the theme).

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AEG fan
Amateur Reviewer

Legendary looks like fun, but I’ve heard the storage isn’t as good as smash up our sentinels. This is a problem for me because I live Munchkin, but it sits in a box downstairs. No good storage means no easy access.

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Legend of the Five Rings Fan
Advanced Reviewer
Tactician
Guardian Angel

My Saturday night gaming group plays Legendary fairly frequently (as well as its Alien cousin, Legendary Encounters), though the big drawback with the game is always the setup and tear-down. There’s a good helper app that deals with the game randomization fairly well, if you don’t want to fiddle around with deciding what villain groups and henchmen to use, though we tend to ignore its hero recommendations in favor of getting at least a little team synergy. Haven’t had it out in a while, due to a bonanza of new games to try out (and “new favorites” to replay).

Space Hulk, I’ve observed (but not played) during a larger game day. Looks like it could be fun, though if the dice hate you then not so much.

Neither of these is in my personal collection, but I know that my friends have copies.

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10
Gamer - Level 8
Explorer - Level 5
Critic - Level 3
Junior

Space Hulk is still available in the main FLGS in Norway according to their web page. I’ve been considering it, but a friend of mine bought the 3rd edition so I’ll probably skip this one.

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
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For you guys that don’t have Space Hulk yet, I just peeked on Ebay and there are quite a few copies on sale for decent prices (ie. close to msrp).

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Rosetta Stone
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The fact that I was unaware of the existence of Space Hulk is an absolute travesty. Modular gameboard, miniatures, highly thematic and two player? I feel like I have just crawled out from under a rock.

Legendary looks cool too, but I feel that I must procure a copy of the former before it is too late.

Thanks for more explorables! Keep them coming!

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Canada
El Dorado
Professional Advisor
Senior

For me Space Hulk will remain on my dreamlist hoping that someday someone will bring the game to my table

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USA
I play blue
El Dorado
Guardian Angel

I’ve always wanted to try Space Hulk. However, it does not seem to be a popular game in my area, as I haven’t found anyone who plays it.

I’ll give Legendary a try if I get the chance. I like the theme. I’m not a big deck-building fan so I won’t go out of my way to play it.

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10
Gamer - Level 8
Explorer - Level 5
Critic - Level 3
Junior

I never picked up Legendary due to people complaining about the setup and cleanup taking a long time. When I finally tried it I didn’t really think it was that any worse then Dominion or Thunderstone, suddenly not worse then drawing Black Market in Dominion…

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Canada
Plaid Hat Games fan

Glad to see Space Hulk getting a turn in the spotlight. I picked up the most recent re-release of the game after GASsing over it for yearsssssss!

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Miniature Painter
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Ah, the Sacred Shelf has ambled into my humble domain. The powers that be have chosen the far reaches of the spectrum for me also. My longest running favorite and the newest addition to the fold.

Space Hulk has been my favorite game for decades. Space Marines versus aliens in a grim battle on a claustrophobia inducing derelict ship. Modular boards and components 20 years ahead of its time. And a real-time element that can break even the hardest gaming veteran’s will (TWO overwatch jams right before it’s your turn. Timer reset. Go!!!). I have revived this game with various play groups since its release and it has always been compelling. I have looked into many modern games that appear to be descendants, and none seem to come close.

Legendary I have only been playing since last Autumn. It is my current game of choice for solo play. For groups, it is relatively easy to teach and everyone seems to enjoy it enough to play again soon (the only game that I can say has a higher chance of being a sure thing is Lords of Waterdeep). Time will tell if it holds its position on my Sacred Shelf.

@Hai as part of my deeper level meta strategy, I shouldn’t have to ninja tip my own games as often. My favorites tend to be games that I currently already hold prominent tip/review real estate in. So if they are chosen, I am already where I need to be. Which I guess means I actually ninja’d Space Hulk months ago. Gaming zen moment of the day…

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Norway
Plaid Hat Games fan
AEG fan
Tasty Minstrel Games Fan

Space Hulk looks amazing. I’d really like to try that one day.
Legendary I’ve played a few times. As of super hero card games I’d rather play Sentinels of the multiverse, but Legendary is absolutely a good game.

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Canada
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Plaid Hat Games fan
Platinum Supporter

@Stratagon – this should be interesting! As this week’s Sacred Shelf – you are going to be ninja tipping your own games. Didn’t Van Damme fight himself in some movie – this is going to be just like that! (Or maybe not – as you can tell I didn’t see the movie)

And you know the ‘House Rules’ for Explorables: As a ‘live action’ member you have to share why these games make your cardboard cut. 🙂

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