I've finished reading through the rules and my first impression is that the system is very simple and gets people playing very fast. It features four 'factions' including the Vikings, Normans, Anglo-Danish, and Welsh. Each has their own battle board with all sorts of special Saga abilities. I read a review of Saga in a recent Wargames Illustrated article and I remember hearing something about the designer's card game background. As a cardflopper myself, I can certainly see the correlations and I can see a lot of crossover from the two backgrounds.
I'd say the only downside to the game is that some players may find the lack of depth as frustrating. But, knowing the nature of cardgame design, the depth that appears at first to be missing, is certainly being developed with other factions, combos, and scenarios.
I'm going to start with the Normans, I've got two boxes of Conquest Games' plastic mounted Normans, so I've constructed 16 mounted knights and a warlord. I need to grab some crossbowmen, knights on foot, and maybe some Levy archers too.
Anyway, if you have the opportunity to get Saga, I seriously recommend you pick up a copy! Figure-wise, all you need is two boxes of plastic figures to get started. So I'll likely have a few posts of the Normans as they come together.
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