So far I’ve completed one full solo playthrough of Sleeping Gods, and I really enjoyed it.
Finished with 8 of the 75 totems you’re aiming to collect and completed one of the 13(?) different scripted endings, so only scratched the surface
When people are pointing to it being a bit of a table hog, this is my layout on a 2’x4’ table towards the end of a campaign, with a couple of things like the story book and notes off to the side
Saving a game to pack it away and go back to later is straightforward and fairly quick, but there is enough set-up/breakdown involved that if you have the space to just leave it for the full campaign it is the better option.
The story aspects work far better than in Above and Below and Near and Far, in large part due to the use of Keywords that you pick up along the way through starting and completing quests; so the locations you visit become more dynamic as you can visit the same place and have story progress based on your previous actions. The stories also felt like they had a bit more at stake than Laukat’s previous games - which often felt like it was easy to guarantee success and there was little at risk if you failed anyway.
The combat system is an interesting one, and I imagine will become more of a puzzle when playing with multiple players and not having full access to all of the characters without having to pay an extra cost. I haven’t been able to try that yet though. It CAN be pretty debilitating to your crew though, so it often leads to needing to pause exploration to rest up and recuperate after even mid-level fights - so it does give decisions to make on where and when you want to risk it. Rewards are often good for it though to compensate
Unfortunately for me I think the overall play time may put off my wife. Playing solo’s fun for a while, I do want to share this with friends and that will probably involve planning either regular days to play specifically this, or trying to blitz a campaign (which seems a little off. It doesn’t seem like a game that’s intended to be rushed)
Overall, it’s a very good game and one I’ll keep going back to for a long time yet; but a campaign is a pretty big time investment so I imagine I’ll be spacing them out a bit.