I’ve always watched mecha games from a safe distance, and with no small amount of envy. I like science fantasy, I like big robots, I like explosions. You’d think that me and the mecha genre would get along like fire and gunpowder. But there’s always been one thing keeping me away: I’m not really a big stats guy.

Sure, if I’m already invested in something, I’ll get down to the nitty gritty of its min-maxing culture. I love cobbling together builds for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (and, by extension, Baldur’s Gate 3)—and I can handle ARPGs decently fine too, though I’ve got my upper limits. If I’m new to a genre, though, an unassailable wall of stats will shut me down.

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