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Nexus Ops ’11 in Review

Fantasy Flight Games has just reissued Nexus Ops, a 2005 issue from Avalon Hill/Wizards of the Coast that is one of the best dudes on a map game ever published. It’s streamlined, all killer and no filler. Yet it captures everything essential from a dinosaurian old timer like Axis and Allies that matters. The original version had a very unique look, with artwork that looked like it came off an arcade cabinet circa 1986 and glorious, transluscent figures that luminesce in blacklight.

The new edition, sadly, looks like a wet dog. Muddy, dark graphics and pastel miniatures. Yuck.

But it is the original game with some optional new stuff. So you can at least play the game as intended, without a bunch of terrible FFG “redevelopments” to muck it up. And some of the new stuff is actually not bad.

Review in its usual slot.

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5 thoughts to “Nexus Ops ’11 in Review”

  1. I picked it up last Friday and I have played it once. Even with someone who takes an excessive amount of time each round I found that the game moved at a great pace and it felt simple. Which is perfect for if you want to want bang out a game in 90 minutes. I’m looking forward to try it two player not sure if it will stay as tense. In four player you always have at least two people breathing down your neck it felt like.

  2. Nexus Ops is a fantastic game but I have to disagree with you as regards the graphic design on the FFG version. They’re both awful if you ask me. The dayglo figures in the original printing have novelty value and give you a fantastic rush if you snort them, but they and the hexes alike look awful unless you’re playing under UV. But that’s okay because almost all common gaming venues – homes, pubs, halls and the like – nearly always have a handy UV lamp installed.

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