Infamy, Infamy! | Fortified Niche playtest!

TooFatLardies loom large in the indie game scene, relentlessly producing games that scratch the historical itch without devolving into rivet counting. And with Infamy, Infamy!, the Lardies take their talents to Rome!

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Some barbarians are advancing upon some civilized pigs in Infamy, Infamy!
In Infamy, Infamy!, you don’t get 1:1 mini-to-man representation, but that’s fine. We don’t know how skirmishes that small would have gone anyways. However, counting the number of miniatures matters, so you can’t just go for solid vignettes on large rectangular bases. So make like a Sharp Practice¬†player and embrace the movement tray.
There is a single Infamy, Infamy! card on the table, activating a filthy barbarian warlord.
One of the killer features in Infamy, Infamy! is the activation system. Each leader has a card assigned to them, and both players mix them together in a single deck. The deck also includes the Tempus Fugit card (which spells the end of the turn – or, if drawn before any of the commanders, the end of the Act, which is what a turn would be in a non-TFL game) as well as any Signa cards that players have played from their hands.
Infamy, Infamy! card stuff can get messy on TTS
Ah, the Signa cards. You start with 6 cards in hand, and use them to pay for special maneuvers – or to activate unactivated unit after Tempus Fugit is played. Notably, the cards you play don’t naturally return to your hand – they go into the activation deck. So you are effectively surrendering control of this resource if you play it real early. Drawing 4 Signa cards in a row also causes shenanigans.
Infamy, Infamy! provides you with a variety of ready-made forces and their support options.
As in many a Lard game, unit don’t really have statlines that outline everything they do. Their training/level of veterancy describes how many dice they roll in combat, you modify that count, and any 5s are shock while 6s are both kill and shock. You then roll your armor save. Simple! Unfortunately, that’s only for melee – the shooting system is slightly different, which is slightly annoying.
A barbarian Infamy, Infamy! player needs to maintain balance between letting their troops go wild and actually controlling them effectively.
But wait, there’s more! Barbarians have a Fervor mechanic, which makes them better at soaking Shock (always important in a TFL game) and even fighting. At the same time, they’re harder to control and have worse armor. The Romans are much better armed and trained, to the point where they can assume formations for specific bonuses and carry out points of drill to turn combat in their favor.
Dice can be mean even to the Romans in Infamy, Infamy!
There’s also the fact that faction specifics play into the deployment system as well – and TFL always bring their A-game to deployment. Depending on whether you’re fighting in Roman or Barbarian lands, Barbarians might strike from ambush – a historically proven tactic for messing up the orderly ranks of the legions.
OH MY GOD, DO NOT DO UNSUPPORTAL FRONTAL CHARGES WITH CAVALRY Infamy, Infamy! or in real life
Suffice to say, Infamy, Infamy! is dripping with flavor. It feels right for the kind of warfare it wants to depict and you’re not weighted down with pointless minutia of comparing which shield is better. A solid recommend. Publish the seco-

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