Full Disclosure: A prototype copy of Warp's Edge was provided to me so that I could produce this preview. I have since returned the prototype to Renegade Games.
What is Warp's Edge about?
Warp's Edge is designed by Scott Almes and is the latest entry in the Solo Heroes series from Renegade Games. It's a bag-building game in which you are a lone pilot fighting against a horde of enemies in space. Each time you go through the entire contents of your bag, you complete a "Warp" and are transported back to the beginning of the battle, having gotten stronger and learned some new tricks. You win the game if you defeat a big boss before the end of your warp. You lose the game if you either lose all of your ship's health or fail to win within a limited number of warps.
What I like about Warp's Edge
Warp's Edge is a quality solo game and I'm looking forward to more time with it. The decisions you make in the game truly matter, and they are interesting--even the way in which you kill an enemy minion affects the reward you get, and thus the contents of your bag. While you can't control what comes out of the back in a random draw, you can do a lot to influence the bag's contents. When you are scrambling for every resource in an attempt to beat the big boss, you'll be second guessing a few choices you made in earlier rounds! Variability in this game is also tremendous, as it should be in a solo game. Every ship is different and will lend itself to different strategies, and the same can be said for the bosses. Your token pool will also differ slightly from game to game. Each ship has a special configuration of special action tokens, including one that is entirely unique to that ship.
Possible Concerns about Warp's Edge
I do not have any serious concerns about Warp's Edge, but I might have a few quibbles. Some of the power tokens seemed more awesome than others, and I also felt that way about the skill cards. Also, while there was already a lot of variety in the game box, I hope this is a game that will see continued support, because I'll want more!
Should I back it?
I really like this game and immediately requested a copy for full review once the game is published. If you like bag building, making the most use of special abilities, and getting into