Battle of the Gods
Vitenka's review (4/10)
"Has a Fate/Karma/Bennie reward pool that can only be spent on others"
Um. No it doesn't.
It's got build points handed out that way, but not karma-alike stuff.
It doesn't hit 'become something greater' terribly well either. Although you CAN tell a story of "Start small and grow big" it doesn't force it, you can equally well interpret it as a story of "Gods invading a new area".
Story seems good. Playing out the defeats and gaining new realms of influence seems like great fun.
But mechanically, it's a fiddly little 4x strategy game.
The story-game and the game-game don't seem to mesh very well.
The cards are nice.
I'm afraid I got lost at "Each area contains 3 population sub-groups; the upper, middle and lower classes, giving 18 distinct communities. Each community starts off with pre-determined levels of faith, force and finances available to them."
Free actions 'can be done at any time' - appear to basically invalidate a huge chunk of the other rules. You can move finances to any territory you want at any time; so why track it per territory instea of as a total?