The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Quantum

Power up the engines, hail the captain and set phasers to stunned! This game is brilliant!

Let me start by saying I am a massive fan of day long 4x games. Just incase you don’t know meaning of 4x, it stands for “eXpand, eXplore, eXploit and eXterminate”.

Quantum (by Eric Zimmerman) takes all the those things and distils them into a beautiful 45(ish) minute game for 2-4 players.

In the years since I’ve got into board gaming, I have not found a game that has packed more “game” into itself than this one.

You start by picking one of four races. It’s just for looks as in-game they are identical. You have the Kepler which have a S.H.I.E.L.D vibe going on. The Vulpes look a bit like slightly nicer reavers. The Orion have a classic Forbidden Planet coolness and the Andromeda Confederacy look a mix of brainiac and the aliens from Mars Attack!!

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Next, you set up the map which consists of tiles of different planets with numbers and spaces on. Then you all roll dice to see what class of ships you get, then…these dice are your ships! I genuinely love this idea. It’s so perfect as the number of pips not only determines the class, but also the number of spaces that ship can move. For example, a 6 is a scout ship. Very fast but very fragile. On the other end of the spectrum you have a 1, which is a battle station. Very slow but very difficult to beat in combat.

You then place your ships and start the game. I won’t go through all the actions as you might as well just read the rule book. The most important action is construct. This lets you place a Quantum cube onto a planet with a space. But you have to meet the right criteria. Your ships have to add up to the EXACT number of that tile. If you manage to plop all you Quantum cubes out before anyone else, you win. Congratulations.

Now combat is fantastic. There is no disadvantage of being the attacker except you might waste an action. It’s so simple! If you want to attack, you move your dice/ship into another player’s. Then you both role a D6 and add the number of pips on your ship to your score and the LOWEST score wins! Nice and simple.

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That’s pretty much the game. I might not of made it sound exciting but it really is! Me and Adam played the other day and I loved it. We used the beginner map and it was quite quick. I’m sure that will change with different tile set ups etc. I also played a couple of 4-player games and it can be quite intense as in both the games it was down to the last cube!

I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s simple without being dumb, it’s brilliant without being cocky and it’s strategic without being confusing. If you can find it in stock then grab it while you can!

I bought mine from Monkeys With Fire. They have great customer service and really know their stuff. Give them a go if you haven’t already.

 

Gary

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