Endless – Fantasy Tactics from On the Lamb Games is an attempt from the company to replicate (or, at least, create something derived from) the feel of the tactical console roleplaying games that many of us have come to love over the years (Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea being three of the best known examples). In Endless you select a party of units (which can include both people and monsters, natch), select equipment, pick out abilities, and then – as you might expect – engage in tactical miniatures combat. Endless uses five to ten miniatures (the base armies are three figures a piece, so it looks like that is a total figure count, which should make the game easier for casual players to get competitive) and will take 20 to 30 minutes to play, which is on the fast end of miniatures games, at least in my experience. The sculpts for Endless are looking very nice, in my opinion, with the sort of anime style (the figures are roughly 40mm) that you would expect from a game inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics and its ilk (and, yes, I know that FFT was not the first of its kind, but it is still the genre touchstone, so it’s hard to argue with going with it as the one I’m naming). While there are lower levels of pledging on the Kickstarter, the real ‘base level’ to get into Endless is $50 and includes your choice of a three unit army (these are pretty big figures, by the way), with additional figures being added depending on how much money the campaign raises. If you would like more information about Endless – Fantasy Tactics, you can go check out the Endless – Fantasy Tactics Kickstarter page.
So, are you a fan of tactical console RPGs? What are your favorites? Honestly, as good as Final Fantasy Tactics was, I think Disgaea (the first one), with its zany story and more interesting character design is still the winner for me. I’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comments.