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05:15 am: Kickstarter Game Update: Week 5
Looking back: Week 4

Games I Viewed:
Alien Uprising
Status: Funded

In this science fiction-themed game, players work together to repair their spaceship before they are overwhelmed with hostile alien creatures. I was interested because it is cooperative, but it appears to be a "tower defense" type of game (like Castle Panic), and that's not really my thing. Also, it uses a lot of dice, and that's not particularly a favorite mechanic of mine.


Cubist
Status: 21% funded

This is a tile-laying game in which the "tiles" are actually dice that are stacked to form three-dimensional shapes to earn points. I think the idea is really clever. I'm just not sure I'd want to pay $40 for what is essentially a set of 80 dice.


Sangoku
Status: Funded

In this game, players compete using cards illustrated with a Japanese mythology theme. I was intrigued by the theme, but unfortunately I find the art hideous. Also, the game is constantly compared to poker, and I detest poker. To top it off, it's a player elimination game. No, thank you.


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From:mangaroo
Date:September 8th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm perched on an early bird pledge for Alien Uprising (because that is how Kickstarter has taught me to be), but I'm only going to see it through if I decide I can't live without the X-14 "expansion" (a $10 add-on). The minis aren't exciting to me at all, and I'm betting I could pick the game up for less than $45 at retail.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 9th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Interesting that you find Sangoku's art hideous because that's the only thing I liked about that game. I do think they've chosen to depict some really unattractive creatures, but that's not a problem with the art so much as the concept.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 10th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
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I do think they've chosen to depict some really unattractive creatures, but that's not a problem with the art so much as the concept.

Any art that can take a dragon and make it look like it has a pig's snout just isn't going to appeal to me.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 10th, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
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Don't Eastern-style dragons usually have snouty faces?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 10th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Don't Eastern-style dragons usually have snouty faces?

They often have big noses, but they're generally very long like a horse or crocodile, not flat-snouted like a pig or bulldog.

I think the artist did a nice, atmospheric job with the background scenery, but the living creatures strike me as ugly.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 10th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, I really like the Yousei art, which is what makes me think the problem is that someone has chosen ugly ("strong fighters"?) creatures for most of the game. But that's just splitting hairs, I guess. Whether it's good art of ugly creatures or ugly renditions of pretty creatures, if you don't like it, you don't like it.
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