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The Bibliophile03 Aug 2021 7:38 p.m. PST

One of my fellow Scrum mates brought over all of the miniatures and terrain we'd need to give EXPLOIT ZERO a whirl last week. I admit that cyberpunk isn't a genre I've been drawn to--in comics, prose, or games--and so I had to rely on my friend a bit to help get me up to speed on some of the tropes. That didn't take too long, though, and getting up and running was aided by the fact that I didn't have to spend a lot of time mastering the basic core mechanics of the game's engine.

The game itself is genuinely easy to pick up and fast to play on the table. More importantly, however, is that it is fun. In no time we were moving our cyberpunk miniatures into action, fighting off foes and abducting a scientist we were paid to retrieve. Like a lot of co-op games (say, for example, Sellswords & Spellslingers), the body count is quite high as we dispatched the first couple of waves of enemies without much sweat. Things by design did get progressively harder, however, and by the end, though we had accomplished the mission, it didn't happen without suffering some casualties on our side.

We played the intro mission, and I'm anxious to try some of the subsequent missions to see how the game introduces interesting complications to what is an already solid formula.

You can read more about the game and my thoughts on the rules at my blog, SCRUM IN MINIATURE: link

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Again, more info and pictures at SCRUM IN MINIATURE: link

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2021 8:01 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoy these rules, as well as their fantasy version.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2021 8:08 p.m. PST

Btw, your filtered pics at the bottom of your link all really evoke a strong sense of cyberpunk.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2021 9:08 p.m. PST

Looking good.

The Bibliophile04 Aug 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

Thanks to you both! We had a fun time. I could see us easily being able to get 2-3 scenarios in within in an evening (most of our mass battle games are 4-5 hours long, it seems).

Grimmnar Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 3:33 a.m. PST

Joe,

Being slightly north, when things get better, hope can maybe partake in some games with SCRUMmers. Since it ain't looking good for HCon.
Would have loved playing these rules.
Trying to track down original copies of the three books now.

Grimm

The Bibliophile11 Aug 2021 9:41 a.m. PST

Grimmnar,

Hope to see you at the next Scrum Con (whenever it ends up being at this point). And let me know if you want to get a game in with the Scrum Club sometime,

Warm best,

Joe

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