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Players: 2 - 4
Time: 30 - 90 minutes
Weight: 700 grams (estimated)
Average Rating: 4 in 4 reviews
This game rocks!! The game itself is huge and could have been a touch smaller but make you feel like you are right in the middle of the battle. It takes a bit to setup but is worth the wait. It would be really awsome if their would be a chance for additional players.
The key to this game is its simplicity (other than the set up). All pieces have three hit points and a specified number of dice for rolls. The dice have skulls for hits, shields for blocks, and blanks. In an attack, the offensive piece rolls its number of dice and totals its hits. The defensive piece rolls its dice and totals its blocks. The number of unblocked shots is the amount of damage.
Even with its simplicity, the game still effectively differentiates between pieces, so each has its own purpose (the Chaos' wolf riders are the suicide team, the Imperial's crossbowmen provide long range support).
Though this game is great, there are some minor problems. The pieces are plastic, and though they are molded and look very good, they are SUPPOSED to snap together. But I have never seen a game where all of the mounted warriors have stayed mounted, or where all of the other piece have stayed in the stand. Also, the simplicity cuts down on the range of strategies used.
Overall, this game is excellent. It runs fairly quickly (about an hour) so the loser can get that rematch. The large scale of the game (4'X6') makes the battlefield visually pleasing. And the one special piece on each side (the dreaded cannon and the unstoppable Ogre Champion) really bring the game together in a tight, simple package.
Battle Masters is a very impressive game. I believe that this is one of the best games that Milton Bradley created since they discontinued the majority of the Master Series games.
Miniatures are of good quality, due to the collaboration with Games Workshop, but, like most miniatures, they have a habit of breaking if not treated with care. Minis are plastic, but are still suitable for painting, although they look good without as well.
Drawbacks include the large size of the game, rivaled only by Torpedo Run, or a very large scale Warhammer Battle. Setup time is also an issue when playing this game. And again, this game needs to be handled with care or will become damaged easily.
However, this game is so fun to play that it easily outweighs the negative aspects. Battle Masters is an excellent game with only one set, but if you are fortunate enough to get ahold of two or more and have a few hours to spend, you can have an epic battle of good versus evil that you are sure to remember.
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