Spiel 2013 Preview: The Outcast Heroes

Posted by James (admin) on August 27th, 2013

The Outcast Heroes gameI really like the game Kolejka which is about queuing in 1980’s Poland – in fact, it’s one of my favourite games as it’s a superb game, plus it has a great theme and is actually educational about the real situation that occurred in Poland too.  Like Kolejka, The Outcast Heroes is a game with the backing of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance; however, it is by a different designer and publisher.

The Outcast Heroes is a semi co-op card game about the soldiers that continued to fight Soviet influence after WWII.  Players send their soldiers on missions – placing soldiers in different roles of the mission give different benefits/abilities.  The missions are assessed based on the soldiers sent and the order cards assigned to them.  One or two players may be working for the Government (so are traitors) and will have their own objectives and want the mission to fail.  The player who is the commander decides whether to assess a mission each round, or wait until later so that adds some uncertainty/tension.  It seems the main gameplay is about jostling for position so you can achieve your objectives – especially as some positions in the mission can only be occupied by one soldier at any one time.  You also need to manage your hand, allocate your soldiers, and get good cards.

For more info, you can read the rules of the game which are on the game’s BGG page.


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