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Hexica (Video Review)

16 May 2013 2 Comments

Hexica

 

Hexica is a 2-4 player capture the flag/fleet combat game set in space. At the start of each player’s turn, a flag spawns on a random spot. After three rounds, flags run out and players are forced into combat to steal each others flags. Aside from the specialized six ships that compose each fleet in the game, players also have access to twenty Advanced Systems cards. Each player starts with two of these cards and more can be purchased throughout the game. These cards temporarily affect four aspects of the game: the economy, movement, attack, and defense of each player’s fleet.

At the start of a game, players secure an economic foothold using carefully placed Harvesters to earn money. During the second round, players begin building an army to defend their Motherships and capture flags. During a player’s turn, all of his or her ships can move and attack.

The six ships used in the game are: (1) The Mothership, the slow but hardy flagship of every fleet. (2) Harvesters, which harvest materials in space and earn money. (3) Salvagers, which collect the wreckage of destroyed ships for a money reward and pick up and carry flags. (4) F13s, cheap, fast, and weak fighters meant for quick skirmishes and surprise attacks. (5) F35s, expensive, slow, and strong fighters used for heavy assaults. (6) Bandits, used to steal enemy ships.

Mastering Hexica requires an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the ships used in the game, a familiarity with the Advanced Systems cards, creative thinking, and skill in successfully distracting and misleading the enemy.

~ Eric Terry

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Recovering hobo, one-time actor and street corner philosopher, now trying to enjoy the less fine things in life (like everyone else does). One thing has been nearly constant in my life - gaming. Even before discovering wargames (at the tender age of 10 or so - purely fortuitous), I would play out family games (including the 3M series) solitaire. But, life situations interfered not too long ago, and I was largely without board gaming for the better part of a decade. The last couple of years have seen me devoting myself to the hobby again - and learning a lot of the newer designs - so, I'm looking from the eyes of an old grognard (ah, how I fought against THAT term when first used on me) but an open mind and willingness to see if newer games appeal.
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  • Kevin Wenzel said:

    Enrico, You thought maybe I had tricked you into reviewing a racing game!

    Very funny and made my day! This game looks interesting in the sense that clearly it’s wheelhouse is an interesting large group combat game with a lot of chaos. The devil is in those details though.

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  • Calandale (author) said:

    Followed up trying it two-player, and as I suspected, the first attack is a huge bonus.

    With the speed of the F13’s, I don’t see a way around it.
    The only balancing factor is the diplomatic dynamics.

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