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posted June 30, 2017 08:36 PM
Edited by blob2 at 20:40, 30 Jun 2017.

Excavating this thread a bit but take a look at this:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/awakenrealms/lords-of-hellas



I'll probably be getting this one. It was a huge Kickstarter success, but more importantly this game hits my interest zone. Greek Mythology with a twist and an area control/questing game (but with 3 other win conditions). Wanted to try an interesting area control game for a time, but there were always too many mechanics that threw me off like resources or too many factors and numbers to count (LoH doesn't have point counting). I think Scythe was the closest to pick my interest but threw me off with too many micromanagment elements.

Another interesting thing is that it's made in my home country which makes things so much easier...

And yeah it has crazy art and a lot of high quality and cool looking figures which actually are more justified then usual (Monument to Gods building mechanic).

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markmasters
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posted June 30, 2017 09:25 PM

that looks amazing! best figurines i've seen in a while for a board game.

Please let me know if you like the gameplay ASAP...got something on my wish list now

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posted July 01, 2017 10:47 AM
Edited by blob2 at 20:34, 09 Jul 2017.

Well the game itself will be sent around October 2017 (First Wave with Core boxes). I don't know when it will be available in retail. They've sent some advanced prototypes for playtesting already so if you want some gameplay to get the feel of the game:

Here's an 'offcial' gameplay video (it's got a bit bad sound though):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kiJsK8AGGQ
And here are some other guys playing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3BvnqCIBE8

I don't know if the game will be good for me (I'm not quite sure if territory control games are my thing), but I think this questing and hero building elements look interesting enough.

And you just can't pass on all those Kickstarter goodies

EDIT: I also heard there's already a mod with the game for Tabletop Simulator. If you don't know it's a paid steam application/game in which you can create and play board games. I personally don't own it so I don't know how it exactly works, but if you want it's 50% off on Steam right now http://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/.

EDIT 2: In the meantime I went back to Talisman. Finally bought a neat set of accesories which enable me to keep all it's stuff in one place: handy card holders and token boxes plus a big box to store it all. There's a Polish company that makes accessories for board games E-RAPTOR. You can buy their stuff quite cheaply, it's solid and easy to piece together. I see that they recently tackled foreign markets.

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posted July 27, 2017 10:04 PM
Edited by Lord_Woock at 21:47, 30 Jul 2017.

I bought Dice Forge today. I was mostly drawn in by the novelty factor of the dice building aspect, but it genuinely looks fun, plus is straight up pretty to look at. I'll chime back in once I get some folks together to play it.

EDIT: So I played it with two other people today. The game is quite entertaining and plays quite quickly. Teardown takes some effort, but the excellent insert helps a ton. Definitely worth a look.
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posted August 08, 2017 02:47 PM
Edited by Geny at 17:33, 09 Aug 2017.

I just realized I haven't mentioned the Portal board game I bought quite a while ago. It seems to be more obscure than most of my games so I should probably review it here. I'm a bit too tired for that now, but nudge me if I don't get to it in a day or two.


Here we go,
Portal the Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game


The name itself should let you know that the board game tries to retain the spirit of its video game inspiration. The rule book is filled with (supposedly) GLaDOS' comments on the game. But truth be told, that spirit doesn't hold on for very long because you get too wrapped up in watching the board to read the flavor text on the cards.

So let's move to the gameplay. It is... hard to classify. I've played my share of games, but I find it hard to place Portal into a specific genre or find a similar game. The game is designed for 2-4 players. A 2 player game plays similar to chess in the way that you can roughly guess what your opponents wants to do and plan a couple of turns ahead accordingly. A 4 player game on the other hand is pure chaos, because by the time you get your next turn, 3 other players had the chance to change EVERYTHING and the best you can hope for in terms of planning is to deny victory for the guy right after you.

The game takes place in a lab made up of small test chambers. At the beginning it looks like this:

(Note that whoever took that picture made the same mistake I always do and placed the GLaDOS token upside down)
The test chambers have two different sides and both their sides and their order is randomized at setup giving a completely different lab each game... which doesn't matter a whole lot because the lab changes a lot during the game anyway.

During each player's turn s/he will play Aperture cards to improve his position, move his test subject and active and recycle test chambers all in that order. The left side of the lab (with the test subject) is called the New Edge because that's where new stuff arrives. The right side is the Old Edge because that's where you activate and recycle chambers. What happens is that at the end of his turn a player chooses one of three chambers (Old Edge = rightmost chambers in each row) and activates it. Whoever has the most test subject in that chamber gets rewards depending on the chamber's symbols. Then that chamber is taken out and recycled - turned over and put on the New Edge in any row. So while the lab starts as a neat 3X5 it can take many shapes as long is it is always fully connected and has 3 rows with at least 3 chambers in each.

The goals of the game is to have the most cakes in the lab(one of the possible rewards) when one of the players runs out of test subjects. The funny part is that you can be that player. So when you're in the lead you're just trying to kill your own guys since you have more control over your own test subjects and the others are trying to keep them alive. However, gaining a substantial lead in cakes is difficult and in case of a tie the player with most test subjects gets the win. So while you're trying to get rid of your guys, you need to be mindful that no one gets that one piece of cake that will tie him to you and kill your last guy himself. In a 4 player game this leads, as I already mentioned, to complete chaos where everyone tries to find the optimal play to get themselves ahead while also not giving a chance to their enemies. That is because the game does not have a time limit and theoretically can end at any moment, so any little slip-up can be fatal. The funnest part of the game for me, however, was something else. It was to notice a bit too late that I snowed up and then mentally bite my fingernails while I wait to see if my opponent notices that he can win the game this turn. Fun Fact: in most game I played every player had at least one chance to win that he just completely missed.

All in all, Portal the Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game is a fun game that puts complex planning inside a chaotic setting. I strongly suggest that game to those who like myself enjoy trying to find the best play in a difficult situation.

P.S. If at the end of the game there are several players with the same number of cake slices AND test subjects, they each have to explain in 5 words or less why the deserve to win without using the letter E. The rest of the players vote for the winner.
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posted August 10, 2017 12:02 AM

Not my cup of cake* (pun intended), but the idea seems interesting. The game does look like it's easy to set-up though, so this is a good thing.

I'll spill the beans: currently I'm waiting for CMON's Massive Darkness, which is already long over it's initial shipment date, but heard it's a common thing with this company. Oh well...

For those who don't know it's a CO-OP Dungeon crawler with a lot of miniatures. Plastics aside, what brought me to this game is that it seems pretty straightforward, and that it uses CMON's proven mechanics. I like how it looks like your traditional RPG, but has no game master (mob/boss actions are controlled by players). I've been searching for sth like this for quite some time, I really want it to be good.

Hope this will be really good. If not, there are a lot of Kickstarter goodies to sell off

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OmegaDestroyer
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posted August 10, 2017 08:31 PM
Edited by OmegaDestroyer at 20:32, 10 Aug 2017.

At least it's only off by a month or two.  Petersen Games, publisher of Cthulhu Wars, is over a year late on The Gods War Kickstarter project.  There is speculation they somehow blew the Kickstarter money on other projects and are running Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3 just to get cash to start production on The Gods War.  I, too, am patiently waiting for Massive Darkness and will be furious if it is sold at GenCon before I get my copy.

Also, I went all in Lords of Hellas, Zombicide: Green Horde, and late-pledged Human Interface.  
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posted August 10, 2017 09:35 PM
Edited by blob2 at 21:35, 10 Aug 2017.

Ah, Zombicide: Green Horde. I was curious about this one, really like the mechanic, and Zombie Orcs is a bit of fresh air in the 'Zombie' genre.

Unfortunately this is too much. I went for Titan Pledge with Lords of Hellas and this really hit my budget. KS goodies are tempting, but I think this is too much for now. Well, I'll see, PM is somewhere around a month from here, I will rethink this. And you can still buy this in a shop...

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posted August 11, 2017 04:20 PM

Kickstarters are bad for the wallet.  My wife and I decided to create a savings account for a house funded by our hobbies.  Any time I buy a board/video game, I put an equal contribution into that savings account.

At this rate, we'll have a house in no time.
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