The lights are on
As a fan of tabletop games, I'm always on the lookout for something new and different. I've got an affinity for miniatures games – but my wallet, common sense, and unwillingness to paint have typically kept me away. I happened to wander into Japanime Games' large room at PAX and found something that may be the answer. Krosmaster is played on a gridded board with fantastic-looking anime-style miniatures. The characters are diverse and fantastical, including an adorable grim reaper, the queen of tofu, and the king of overly aggressive sheep (if you're familiar with MMO strategy games Dofus or Wakfu, you'll see familiar faces). The board is set up with cardboard models of bushes, trees, and boxes, which create a great sense of dimension and offer modular configurations.I played a very simple game against someone with two characters on each side, and the experience played out like a tabletop version of a tactics game. Each miniature comes with a card that details movement speed, attacks, special abilities, and basic traits like whether a character can absorb a hit due to armor.