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07:03 pm: Kickstarter Game Update: Week 4
Looking back: Week 3

Game I Viewed:
Fantasy Frontier
Status: 43% funded

I was sorely tempted by this one. In the end, though, my budget won the battle. This game appears to be a Jack of all trades, master of none. It has the hex tile laying/pattern matching of Takenoko (without the cute panda), the worker placement of Lords of Waterdeep (without the fun fantasy quests), the resource management/settlement building of Settlers of Catan (without roads), and the airship combat of Teramyyd (without the detailed plastic miniatures). I like the individual mechanics, but I feel the game is trying to spread itself too thin by incorporating all of them.


Honorable Mention:
Meeple Soap
Status: Funded

What the discriminating--and CLEAN--game geek needs...


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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 1st, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to go check it out. Re: other recent candidates, I managed to refrain from Chaos and Alchemy (and now I'm just a little sorry... those stretch goal star dice are so nice!), but King's Forge just got me (curse you, pretty dice and Grey Elephant video!), and I already pledged for Fleet. Why do I do this to myself?

BTW, are you guys aware of the gaming coins project?

They were advertising at the same GenCon table where I stopped to pick up Freedom and viewed Kill the Overlord. I'm in for two sets - the Greek coins that are the centerpiece, and the original doubloons - but I have a feeling I might be increasing the number of sets. Why are little things like dice, coins and meeples so attractive to me? I'm a magpie.
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 1st, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
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LOL!! I was just looking at the coin kickstarter and wondering what games you play that require coins when the LJ email notice hit me.

I hope they unveil the design for the mythological creatures set before it's too late to pledge. I don't have any games that require coins, but I'll regret not having these when I do.

ETA: oooh, did you pledge King's Forge at the optional game board level?

Edited at 2013-09-01 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 1st, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I did! My OCD side likes having nice places to put everything.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 1st, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
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FWIW, I think their intent is go on selling sets in the future (the original doubloons were from a previous kickstarter), so you might be able to get mythological creatures eventually even if you don't pledge this round. The appeal they're making for kickstarter folks is that you can customize your pledge - for instance, if you need all large or all small coins, you can request sets of those instead of the standard breakdown from large to small. They won't do that for people who buy sets from them post-kickstarter.

The amount of updates and surveys they've been sending out is kind of ridiculous, but hey, at least they're excited about the project. ^_^;;
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 1st, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I could actually use them in Freedom, which has 1/5/10 denominations (if I didn't mind them being a little jarring with the theme), but I suspect in general that once you build up a larger collection of games, coins would come in useful for a lot of things. But even if I never used them in a game, I wouldn't be able to resist those Greek coins. They are GORGEOUS.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 1st, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
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The doubloons could work in Lords of Waterdeep, too, instead of the cheez-its.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 1st, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Aww, those star dice are really cool. I'm glad I didn't see them in time to be tempted to get the game just for the dice.

You're also right about the Greek coins being gorgeous, and I'm pretty interested in the mythological monster/creature stretch goals. Ugh, Kickstarter, why do you hate my budget so much? ;_;
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