Battletech, my first experiment with table top games. Over 20 years ago, this game eventually led me into all the other table games I enjoy today.
I tried to get into a squad based game before without much result. 'Inifnity' was a nice 'looking' game, but for me lacked the true flow and enjoyment of playing it. I like the reactionary rules, the models look cool, but I found I had to have my nose in the rule book way more than any gamer should. I admit, I've only played the game 2-3 times.....but for me that was enough. I watch games of this being played by far more experienced players and it's the same thing, dice in one hand and the rules in the other, interrupting game-play. While it definitely fits the Sci-Fi genre, it just won't find it's way onto my games shelf.
Breaking out in 2016 is (Beyond the Gates of) Antares. A Sci-Fi, squad based combat game from Warlord Games, the people that brought you 'Bolt Action' and 'Black Powder'. I saw this game at 'Fall-In' in 2015 down in Lancaster Pennsylvania, I watched a demo game for over an hour and really like the way it looked and played. My good friend Chris was playing the demo and is a huge fan of many different types of systems and games. I knew if he liked it and had good things to say, it was worth taking a chance on it.