Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:55 PM
I was on the fence about backing EBZ, based on this feedback I'm glad I didn't. I don't have much call for deckbuilding games much anyway, and I'm sort of burnt out on them, but it sounded like it had a couple interesting tweaks. But not interesting enough, apparently.
I have backed Flash Point: Fire Rescue, Carnival, and most recently, Creatures. There's a lot of games on KS of varying apparent quality. What gets me is some of the backing levels. I've seen some where 1$ gets you "good karma" or "acknowledgement on our website", then there's nothing till the 50 or 60 buck level. I'm sorry, that's a lot of money for the ultimate blind buy.
* D&D Legend of Drizzt. This is supposed to be 'easier' than Ashardalon - I've played twice (solo) and gotten by butt kiicked within like three turns. Of course, once I rolled 20 for the monster, and a 1, 2, and 3 for my attack. I need to try it again, maybe non solo, but I'm feeling a little burned.
* Elder Sign. I like it a lot. Works fine solo. It definitely doesn't capture the whole feel of Arkham Horror, and it's easy to just flip cards and see what you need to do, but it combines enough eldritchness with the dice rolling that it's fun. It is easy to set up and plays in less than an hour which is bonus. I'm debating buying the iOS app for my ES on the go.
Recent purchase from Cool Stuff:
Survive - Escape from Atlantis, Catacombs, Tales of the Arabian Nights, and King of Tokyo.
I played each of these with my boy (he's 9) over the last few days - Catacombs thrice, KoT maybe 5 or 6 (it's real quick), Survive 2 or 3 and ToTaN once.
ToTaN's good as long as you can immerse yourself into the story and not just play for points. We started a short game, to 10 points, then when one of us made it he wanted to continue. I think the statuses add a little too much upkeep to the game, but we tried to balance that by only allowing one negative status at a time. I also find a website, $$$$$$$$$$$$/totan, that will make the encounter matrixes much easier to use (I was doing both the encounter matrix and the Book of Tales). This is definitely an experience more than a game, but there is a game in there. The first time I played it, it took like 3 hours, which is too long - but we had 4 players, none of whom had played before, and people weren't really focused on the game (it was at an event during a busy/loud time, it was difficult to get into the story frame of mind.)
Survive - fun. Although with only 2 players we either lost or rescued all our guys long before the island was fully sunk. It can be very backstabby or just 'everyone run', depending on how people play it. It moves very fast too.
KoT - another fun one although after playing it 5 times I'm not sure how much longevity it will have. I'm sure a lot of it depends on who you're playing with, and how many players - some cards were worthless with 2 players, some were awesome and looked worthless with more than 2. 2 players is certainly doable, but I fully see how more players is more stressful and exciting. I think each of our games was won by victory points.
Catacombs - I'm mixed about this one. He liked it a lot (you're flicking disks, of course he'd like it), but he wasn't really using a lot of the powers of the heroes. Some of the disks are hard to tell apart without a close scrutiny. It seems like there's a lot of fiddly setup for a quick game (ours were done in less than 1/2 hour). Again, with 2 players, I'm sure it's very different than with 5, but it does work with 2. And we had a couple instances of "I did hit it!" "No you didn't."
So those were my new purchases. Depending on the audience (as you can guess, my audience is primarily family/middleweight), and based on my current level of play, I think I'd rate them all around an 8 with a few caveats - ToTaN is longer and more experiential, you have to have people who can get into the story; Survive, you'd have to have folks who don't get irked in potentially confrontational games; KoT - nothing but confrontation, but quick and sillly enough that it's not a big deal; and Catacombs - not very deep but there's something primally cool about flicking disks, and the fantasy trappings make it more than just Sorry Sliders without scaring away people who aren't used to fantasy theme.
Oh, the 10-off coupon code (CN41) did work for me, although I wasn't a first time buyer. Didn't stack with my frequent purchase discount though, but my purchase did kick me up to the next level.
I was really tempted by Summoner Wars Master Set. That's a very nice package and quite a deal.