When I bumped into Frontline Gamer at the Micro Art Studio booth, the game he recommended I try above all others was Freebooters Fate. Well, he couldn't have been more right - thank you. Towards the end of the day, after watching half of one game, I managed to get in a game of this and it was comfortably the most fun I've had gaming in a long while.
The game has a fantastically simple mechanic based around a deck of faux-playcards somewhat similar to Malifaux, but with a limited deck. Also, attack and defence are brilliant, with a set of 6 cards that each player has, which indicate locations on the body. These include both arms, head, chest, abdomen and legs. Depending on attack, players pick a number of these cards either as the locations they wish to attack, or the locations they are defending. For each location the attacker picks that the defender doesn't, you score a hit. This brings a fantastic poker like second-guessing of your opponent every time you attack or are defending a character which really sets it aside from other games I've played. Add to this, the fact that hits can alter a character ability - hurt an arm and a character can't fire a 2-handed weapon like a rifle and a good attack can completely change how you have to use characters.
Added to this, the models are some of the most beautiful and characterful I've ever seen (and that was after looking at the Discworld minis from Micro Art Studios), and you have a brilliant game that I will definitely be investing in.
Oh, and the board I had the pleasure to play on was fantastic. Massive thanks to the guys running the demo game, they did a fantastic job and had obviously invested a lot of time and effort into it all.
If you have the chance, give this game a go and see how you find it. Cheers - Andy.