Unboxing: Runewars

A while back we posted about the impending Fantasy Flight game Runewars, but now we can take out the “impending”. Runewars has landed with a satisfying thud, but what does it look like when you get the plastic off of it? Let’s find out together after the jump.

So the first thing that hits you when you get Runewars is the size. Big box and proud of it, Runewars weighs in at around 7 pounds. Pretty hefty, and impressive. Here’s what it looks like sitting benignly on my kitchen table:

With the shrink wrap off, it looks full to the brim with plastic pieces and cardboard:

Or at least, that’s how it looks. We’ll get to those pieces in a minute, but first I want to point out that once you get the top layer of cardboard sheets out, the box is fully 60% dead space in the middle. The entire raised blue and white area in the picture below is empty underneath:

To me, that feels like cheating. And it also feels incredibly wasteful. It’s almost like Fantasy Flight wanted credit for a big box game, but didn’t have the components to fill it. I know that once the cardboard counters are punched out, they’re going to need somewhere to live. Even taking that into consideration, it really feels like they could have gotten away with a smaller box. It feels to me like a box half this size could have held the game, but that’s just my opinion.

Bitching about wasted space aside, the components do flow freely in this game, as expected in a big box game:

There are six bags of plastic minis. There’s a bag each for the Human, Elf, Undead, Uthuk, and neutral faction units, and a bag of larger grey minis to represent Heroes. Granted, I’m writing this before having played the game, so I may be misreading what some of those are for. The minis are detailed enough to look good while playing the game, but not detailed enough to make me want to paint them. For that I’m eternally grateful, there’s already enough on my painting desk:

There’s also two decks of cards for use in the game, and small plastic pre-molded and painted mountain ranges for use on the map:

You build the game board using tiles, so the play area could be different each time.

All in all, this is a fairly satisfying game to unbox, my issues about the dead space aside. I can’t wait to dig into this game with a few friends and see how it plays. This will probably be the next game we play while brewing a batch of beer (another hobby of some of the GFBR crew), since that leaves us with several hours to kill over the course of the process.

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