Friday, May 06, 2022

#5: Armageddon (Mark's Top 100 2022)


  • rank: 4,284
  • rating: 6.6
  • published: 2016
Print Status
  • out of print... but not difficult to find at decent prices on Amazon & Wal-Mart
Why It's On The List
  • Imagine a three-way collision between the Mad Max films, an auction game and a worker-placement city-building game. Throw in a little Notre Dame-ish fend off the invaders (marauders instead of rats)... and allow players to use people as currency in the auctions as well as workers to keep your post-apocalyptic settlement running.
Tips & Tricks:
    • The artwork is evocative without leaning too hard into the dystopian grimness… and the iconography is very clear once you get the hang of it
    • I’ve found that it takes players 2-3 rounds (roughly half a game) to get acclimated and then they’re ready to defend their very tiny barb-wire encrusted empire.
    • The auctions are double-layered... they are "get to choose first" auctions for buildings and for equipment. In addition, the winner of each auction gets a small bonus, and the loser gets a penalty. 
    • I've been working on a review (complete with fiction sections) of Armageddon for years now... short version: I think all of the elements fit together to make a really satisfying and enjoyable game experience.
    • I also think this is a criminally over-looked game... and I said as much in a really good Opinionated Gamers article you should check out.
    • This is the third of three games on this list designed by David Thompson.

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Thanks so much for this, Mark. I was super fortunate that Chris Marling asked me to help him with this design. This was his brainchild, and I really learned a ton from him during the design process. I wish it had done a bit better, but I’m still proud of what we created.