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04:58 am: Kickstarter Game Update: Week 2
Not much new this week...probably because anyone who intends to launch a project is at GenCon running game demos to drum up interest.

Looking back: Week 1.

Game I Backed:
Havok and Hijinks
Status: Funded

Aaaaaagh! BABY DRAGONS!


Game I Viewed:
Legends of the American Frontier
Status: 33% funded

In this game, players are characters from the time just after the Revolutionary War, and they must complete adventures that earn points, eventually stringing together the tales of the characters' lives. While I find the theme mildly interesting, the gameplay didn't grab me. Also, the project seems to have stalled at a relatively low amount, so I have doubts about it being funded.


Other game-related news:
I've been trying to keep up with reports of games being released at GenCon, and so far two seem to be worth buying.

Lost Legends
This is a drafting game (each player draws cards, chooses one, then hands the rest to the next player) with a monster-fighting fantasy theme. It is currently voted the #3 best game at the convention. It's not a cooperative game, but at least the players are all fighting their own monsters, not battling each other.


Trains
This game is an American reprint of a Japanese deck building game about constructing trains. The game is modeled after Dominion, but it adds extra ways to obtain points via laying rails and building stations on a map. It also adds a mechanic whereby performing actions causes the player to draw "waste" cards that clog the deck and must be managed if the player wants to accomplish anything. I'm sad that the original game appears to be out of print (despite just coming out last year), because I would have liked to get a copy with the kanji for all the cards and locations. (The Japanese version was both Japanese and English. The American version is 100% English. ;_;) If any future expansions are released, though, they will be for the American version (which has different art on the card backs), so maybe it's for the best?


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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 19th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
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(now that I've had a chance to look some more at the games)

Lost Legends looks pretty cool. I would definitely like to try that. Not sure I'm sold on Trains, but I'm not opposed to looking around for the original Japanese version in December, if you want.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 19th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I would definitely like to try that.

I ordered both games, so if it's compact enough I might be able to bring it on the Japan trip.

I'm not opposed to looking around for the original Japanese version in December, if you want.

I would love that! (megory says she'll buy the American version from me if I can find a Japanese copy.)

Edited at 2013-08-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 23rd, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Update on this: Lost Legends was delaying my order, so I swapped it out with Seaside. Depending on when it actually becomes available, I may add it to a later order, but it's beginning to get reviews saying that the replayability is not very good (repeated plays all feel the same).
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 23rd, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, too bad! It's something I may look into later, but my list is growing longer all the time (right now I think my top priorities are Agricola, Arctic Scavengers, and the new Pandemic expansion), so...we'll see, I guess.
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