I wanted to share a promising new game that seems to be right up your collective alleys. Perhaps some of you have heard of it or even played it already!
Prismata is a game similar in spirit to Magic: The Gathering, StarCraft or Hearthstone. It distinguishes itself from these by removing most elements of luck while still retaining a symmetrical random element that makes each match unique.
Each player receives the same pool of units -- a mix of basic units that remain the same and more powerful units that change every game. Players take turns creating units that generate resources to build new units or units that create attack power to destroy the other player's units. Each player knows exactly what opportunities the other has, so the game focuses on strategy instead of luck-of-the-draw.
But don't let my ham-fisted attempts at describing it dissuade you; check out the FREE DEMO:
or check out more info on their Kickstarter:
Would love to hear any feedback!
(*Technically the game is asymmetrical and not free of luck; one player goes first and the other receives an additional starting unit. Based on the random set of units in that particular game, one or the other of these positions could be advantageous. But that is left as an exercise for the reader.)