Sunday, July 27, 2014
This is one of the latest small pack games I’ve bought in the last while - and it’s a good one!
It plays from 3 to 8 people and takes around fifteen minutes to compete a game.
Very fun, very fast, and very cut-throat - but not in a mean way.
If you like chucking dice, accusing your neighbour of being an outlaw or being a deputy - then this is a great game for you and your gaming group.
And yeah, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted here - sorry about that.
But, it is summer and vacation time is here, and I’ve just been darn busy with a bunch of stuff I’ll get to in a later post . . . so, there you have it.
Well, okay, some of the stuff I’ve been doing is another play through on my YouTube channel - I did Uncharted: board game.
I’m gearing up for another play through shortly - like in a couple weeks or so with the hopes that it will be all done by the end of August. When September hits I should be able to get back to a little more stable schedule.
As for posting on YouTube, I really like to have an episode uploaded each day, but I don’t know if I can pull that off for my next one since so many things are cropping up this summer.
So today is game day again and it looks like we have a crew of 8 people which is a bit of a problem.
I don’t seem to have a lot of games that accommodate 8 players and those I do have grind to a near halt if you play with that many.
Still, Bang the dice game does nicely with 8 and I also have Saboteur and Elder Sign, however two others that fit 8 are Eldritch Horror and Fortune and Glory . . . both of which would take next to forever to complete with the full 8 players.
So, if we throw in Fluxx and Zombie Dice as well then, I guess, we should be good to go.
And now that I’ve listed the 8 player games that work well with 8, it looks like we have plenty to keep the crowd happy and not falling asleep during other player’s turns.
Well, not much more to relate, even though it’s been 3 weeks, so I’ll leave off here.
Until next Sunday . . .
Sunday, July 06, 2014
I really, really, really wanted to like this game.
I got if for a very low price, almost a giveaway - like 75% off retail price!
It has 50 miniatures!
It has cool modular boards!
It has 9 different missions with different objectives!
It has so very neat game mechanics!
It is pretty mediocre to awful . . . let me explain.
I’ll start with the miniatures - like I said there are 50 of them . . . but you have to assemble them yourselves.
This, was a pain in the butt. They fit together okay, but the mold lines and seams and the fact that you need SuperGlue gel to make them stick is a real detractor especially if you want to crack open the box and start playing the game.
So, not gonna happen until you spend a couple hours or more glueing ill-fitting miniatures together.
Once that chore is complete, you can get on to playing the game . . .
Um, which at first blush has some really cool game mechanics to it and looks like it will be a total blast. There are infection clouds which can infect your space marines - there is overwatch mode like X-Com the computer game. There are unique characters with unique abilities . . .
And the entire experience just kind of falls flat on its face. So many choke points on the big grid hex boards make the missions all about, well, the choke points only. It boils down mostly to the alien player just blocking the marines - at, you guessed it, the choke points.
And it boils down to the marine player to bust through the choke points to try and scramble to the objective points . . . or lose the mission.
Yeah, very annoying, and ultimately very dull.
Now, on to the components - um, which are pretty sub-standard I’m afraid.
The tokens are one sided, mostly cut off-center and split apart after very little use.
The main boards are warped, though you can solve this by sitting heavy objects on them for a few days . . . but really, for the “original” cost of this game that is inexcusable.
So, I would not recommend buying this game. It really is not very good as a game, the components are not very good, and the miniatures, while detailed, don’t fit together so well and are a pain to assemble.
So, what is the solution?
Well, if you want a really good space marine type game against aliens hordes with well done missions, mechanics and miniatures - get yourself “Level 7 [Omega Protocol]” - it is a far superior game in every conceivable way.
Until next Sunday . . .