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Old 01-20-2019, 09:58 AM
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Broke out Dinosaur Island last night for a learning game. My wife called it Stone Age Jurassic Park, which is a pretty good description. You’re finding Dino Recipes to help you build Dinos and stock up your different amusement parks. It reminded me of the one time I played Archipelago, where you have a couple different gameplay mechanisms trying to work together to affect different number tracks. It was confusing at first, but we got the hang of it by the end of the short game. We’ll try a Medium length game next now that we’ve worked out most of the rules.

I expected the theme to be a little too “hip” based on the Kickstarter videos and rulebook, but it was fine. We also got the expansion (Totally Liquid, adds in water dinos) and dice based 2-player only reworking (Duelosaur Island) in the Kickstarter bundle. Have to work through the first game a couple times first before digging further though.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:22 AM
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We've played a bunch of Dinosaur Island so I'm up for comparing notes. Our biggest complaint is that the game tends to finish extremely quickly even at medium length; it's very hard to get enough money to buy any significant number of attractions, especially since lab upgrades and specialists are both cheaper and accelerate the end of the game.

We tried one game with the water dinosaurs and did not like them; they felt super swingy and unbalanced.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:13 PM
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The new Game of Thrones expansion, Mother of Dragons, is very good. Highly recommend to anybody who loves the original and wants to spice it up. It adds so much to change the dynamic of the game.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:51 PM
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Any 2 player variant in that expansion? I’ve wanted to get this to the table for years, but none of our board game friends here have watched the show, and the friends who have seen the show would be scared off by the game complexity.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:57 PM
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Any 2 player variant in that expansion? I’ve wanted to get this to the table for years, but none of our board game friends here have watched the show, and the friends who have seen the show would be scared off by the game complexity.
No, the game just fundamentally wouldn't work with two players. I suppose they could release a two-player variant, but at that point they'd be better off just releasing a totally different game.

I will say that there's absolutely no need to have seen the show or read the books to appreciate the game. While familiarity certainly adds something, it's a great game regardless of your background with the source material.
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Old 01-30-2019, 11:23 AM
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Does anyone have strong feelings for/against any of the third party organizer/game enhancer companies? I’ve used box organizers from Broken Token, and think they’re fine, but overpriced, and don’t really like using wood with stuff like unsleeved cards. I like my Catan injection molded board, but the Kickstarter for that was apparently mismanaged and the dude lost everything.

I’ve recently been looking into player mat replacements for Terraforming Mars, and have seen some 3D printed Etsy stores, as well as GameTrayz as options. Broken Token has some too, but I’d prefer plastic/acrylic if I’m going to be touching the piece more often than setup/teardown.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:10 PM
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I just buy Plano/hardware boxes, which in my experience do the job a lot cheaper and more flexibly than custom stuff.

I've bought a couple things through Etsy for X-wing (movement templates), and like them. Most games I don't bother.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:29 PM
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So if you want a lighter, faster alternative to Twilight Imperium that's less econ-engine than Eclipse, you may want to check out Hyperspace, by the designer of Cthulhu Wars.

(I didn't work on this one :::cry::: but it looks cool!)

Also it's just $69 for the base pledge with four factions (there are MANY more as add-ons or in higher pledge levels), which is

NICE
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:58 PM
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wooo, guess which idiot bought a copy of magic realm
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Old 04-21-2019, 04:37 AM
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...pence?
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:23 AM
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I legitimately love having a reputation as the kind of idiot that would buy Magic Realm (I've loved Mage Knight for years, and by now I've worked my way through plenty of uh... complicated games)

But not me this time. The past week I've been learning Empire of the Sun... probably a comparable effort.
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Old 04-21-2019, 04:04 PM
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time to find a print shop and print out the let's see... 122 page rulebook for this thing

i'm sure my experience with complicated games such as inis and cockroach poker will be very handy
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:29 PM
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So if any of you got the Journeys in Middle Earth game, check out the credits under editing.

Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it looks fun!
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Old 05-01-2019, 04:32 PM
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Man, I should have posted this earlier, but didn't think of it: when Stephen was here for Wrestlemania, we checked out Book It!, and it was pretty dope. (Full disclosure: I backed the Kickstarter.)

I don't think you need to be a wrestling fan to enjoy the strategy of it, but if you are a wrestling fan, it's a little better because you get who all the wrestlers are allusions to (Jane Sienna is John Cena, Caroline is Charlotte, etc.) and what all the different Dirt Sheet cards are references to, that kind of stuff. It took a little bit to grok what some strategies are, but after playing a couple times, I'd be really interested to play with a full table of four people, instead of just two.

If you're a graps fan, I'd say you definitely need to check it out, but even if you're not and you're looking for a different kind of card game, you'll probably still enjoy it (but maybe play it with your favorite wrestling fan).
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:13 PM
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Got to play my third game of Twilight Imperium 4th edition this weekend and I gotta say, it's quickly becoming one of my favourite games ever. I played 3rd edition a couple weeks ago, and while it was still remarkably fun, playing 4th so closely afterwards just emphasizes how much fun the changes to the trading and political aspects of the game are.

Sarcasmorator, I know you ran a game of TI on the forum back in the day? How well did that go? If it wasn't too much of an awful headache, that is something I'd be interested in doing again, because it seems like a ton of fun.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:17 PM
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I did! It went quite well I'd say. It was quite a bit of work, since I (with help from John) transcribed all the cards, coded them so they couldn't be read easily and created several (now lost) Google docs to handle drawing and reference. I also had to cobble together the map with InDesign because the old TI3wiki site got hacked (I had the image files).

So not undoable, but tricky. I'm not sure I'd run one again anytime soon because it takes a lot of upkeep, but if someone else did I'd play.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:54 AM
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I echo running a PbF of a Fantasy Flight game being a ton of work. After I played in Sarc’s TI3 game, I ran a 5 player Battlestar Galactica game here. I spent who knows how many hours setting it up, photographing everything, and just overall game management. It was fun, but I’d never do it again, especially now that my life priorities are different.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:11 AM
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Those were the days before Tabletop Simulator, which makes running a game like that a good bit less painful. (For one thing, you don't need to reserve a table for months at a time.)
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:33 AM
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Yeah, but there was something more fun about seeing actual cardboard and plastic vs a software representation. I'm happy that the majority of the blurry photos I took are still online in the Battlestar Let's Play. I think I took all those with my work Blackberry at the time (2011!), while my fiance silently stewed because I worked on the game for 2 months instead of spending more time with her, or helping more with our upcoming wedding.

Pro-tip: don't do that!
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:42 PM
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Is the TI4 implementation on Tabletop Simulator any good? I've never used TS, but I'd be tempted to for that
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:48 PM
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Oh right, Tabletop Simulator.

Maybe I can do this thing again. I'll look into it.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:04 AM
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I've run Twilight Imperium games on a yearly basis on the Penny Arcade Forums with custom graphics built with GIMP. I even recall having an early version of my 3rd edition graphics offered on this very board. If y'all want to make use of my 4th edition package, shoot me a PM and I can send off a link.
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