The excellent reviews alongside this one all touch on important aspects of this great game; mechanics, scale, depth of play, cinematic excitement and they are right. Gruntz checks all the boxes for great Sci-fi game-play and that's what I was anticipating having followed the development of the rules via the Gruntz Yahoo Group.
But the unexpected thing that really struck me about this game when I received my copy of V.1.0 was the accessibility and organisation of the book. Not just another pretty face; Gruntz delivers an easy, structured read well suited to the both the first time gamer unfamiliar with basic terms and the experienced Grognard looking for something shiny and new.
The Unit Builders are brilliant. Many of us have seen this done before, but rarely with both such depth and simplicity. ANY model or figure by any manufacturer -or- any concept for a troop-type or heinous alien can easily be incorporated into YOUR games. And importantly the builders give you a point total allowing you to bring these new units into scenarios or competitive club play.
The magic of Gruntz is in the Unit Profile Cards. Your .pdf copy comes with example cards, blank templates and even a spread-sheet for quickly building new units (you don't need a spread-sheet to build units, it's fun and easy). In-game all the information a player needs is right on the cards.
An editable .pdf multi-card template will soon be available for download but is not quite ready at the time of this review.
When it comes to requirements for special equipment Gruntz has few demands:
A) You are going to want 6 to 8 coloured pairs of six-sided dice. I use little ones.
B) Card-protectors, as for baseball cards or collectible card games will be indispensable.
C) A set of fine-tip erasable markers to track changes to each unit's profile during play.
That's it, that's all. Aside from your 15mm minis, that's all you are going to need.
I'll wrap up by pointing out that Gruntz is the product of a community of gamers, lead by Robin Fitton. This is a game for gamers, by gamers. But Gruntz also has the support of the dynamic 15mm Sci-fi manufacturing community as well.
This is definitely a good time to get involved in the renaissance of 15mm Sci-fi gaming.