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@PaulThorn1 Thanks, we'll publish a new review since it's rebranding as "Small World 2"
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Small World
@RxDocSF Just the base game, but it's safe to assume there'll be DLC at some point. No word on that yet though.
3 months ago on The Rivals For Catan (aka Catan: The Card Game)
@Loganeer I actually click on all the spaces to turn on the text for them though, so I think I would have preferred a stricter layout similar to the actual board game. Yeh, it looks nice, but it doesn't help to transition anyone between the two.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Agricola
@goldentail I don't think mini pasture ahould activate hedge keeper, no. The mini pasture is a little bonus, not a bonus-initiating action.
@zenmaster24 Whoops, thanks, looks like I missed a digit of the end of the iTunes ID. Fixed!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Agricola
@Colin_at_cu Hmm, Enterprise Edition only, sadly. Would have liked to try that, though god knows how big much space you'd need on the USB drive if it's cliaming to run all your regular desktop apps too.
6 months ago on 66 – This Changes Everything
@TimMensch Thanks tIm, very odd. Fixed now though, I think.
6 months ago on About
@AKwasp Holy shit, that's a horrible disease. Imagine not even being able to cuddle your own fucking child because the slightest touch could hurt like a muth... . I think a little compassion on the part of the restaurant might have been called for in this case. They obviously weren't a health risk, and people can easily avert their eyes if they're disturbed by it. Relevant:
Personally, I avert my eyes whenever I see a fat ugly person, but I hardly have the right to throw them out of a restaurant. Glad the place got sued their ass off for that.
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6 months, 1 week ago on 61 – Deal With It
@AKwasp My parents also use a nexus 7, and they now know how worthless the app selection for android is. It really depends on what your mum wants; if theres an absolutely must have feature on the nexus, get that, otherwise the ipad is always a better choice for people who dont want to be messing with their settings all the time and who actually want a useable tablet. Most android apps look horrendous on a tablet, or perhaps just looked terrible in the first place. My parents nexus 7 has been relegated to reading the Times. That's all it does. Everything else is done on their ipad.
6 months, 1 week ago on 65 – Justin Shock Horror
@Zac I think the review is very fair actually; I've never heard of the original, and bought this as it is just to see if the review was perhaps a little too harsh. But no - I stand by what Tom has said about the game, regardless of his comparisons to the original. This doesn't work as a game; it is designed to be multiplayer, and played with friends. Like munchkin. Can you imagine a single player version of munchkin? Of course not, it would be stupid.
Anyway, we'll miss you. That is of course why we have comments and user voting - so you can voice your opinion and/or vote, but if you really think disagreeing with a single review is grounds to dismiss everything on the site, then I feel sorry for you.
7 months ago on Talisman Prologue
@Fbergero Oh come on, the quest and talisman-collecting mechanics is clearly a weak way of propping up a "game" with no actual gameplay. If someone told you to complete monopoly in less than X turns to get Y monopoly points before doing the whole thing again, does that really count as fun?
I can't help thinking those 5 star reviews were written in reaction from fans, rather than people who actually played the game. And the desire to justify a $5 purchase as not completely worthless is certainly a strong factor too. Let's face it though - we got duped.
@Fbergero Appreciate your input, certainly. And you're right, I can't stand luck based games.
@Fbergero I downloaded this game, unsure of why its getting such great reviews when Tom says it sucks. And as someone who's never played Talisman before, this is the worst excuse for a "game" I've ever had the displeasure to come across. Why are there things saying "miss a turn" when I'm the only one playing? Why is it fun to mindlessly roll a dice, pick a card, and do the whole thing again. I'm beginning to think this is just some dark social experiment. How on earth are they charging £2.99 for this? It's like a really bad monopoly, which is pretty bad anyway, exaserbated by the fact you[re playing with yourself!
@Cocoasm Yup, under review as we speak. Expect something from Tom soon.
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7 months, 1 week ago on Upcoming Board Games
@John M No idea how I missed that, thanks...
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7 months, 2 weeks ago on Tribe Survival
@mandule They do get messy, as the bars are just as big as the holes in-between. It's very easy to remove them though and give them a quick wash.
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8 months, 1 week ago on Eglu Cube Review
@DukeRitenhouse Sadly, that's all that gets released nowadays. Hasn't been a decent conversion of an actual board game in a while. We actually turn down a huge number of abstract games too that are just worse than a 1/10.
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9 months ago on Pirate Armada
@DukeRitenhouse @majmitch Thanks for the update Duke; I missed that, as I never backed it. I'll probably back the new campaign, though it has left a bitter taste.
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10 months ago on How NOT to Run a Kickstarter Campaign: Small World 2
@andsoitgoes That doesn't make sense either. The game is $7 on iTunes now - wouldn't someone who wants this just buy that and wait for the "update"? That's $8 for 3 new random powers then? Hmmm. Also, why call it "small world 2"? It's still small world!
Nope, sorry, something reeks here.
I agree though, I love the game, but don't agree with using kickstarter like this to update a game they should have done ages ago.
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10 months, 2 weeks ago on How NOT to Run a Kickstarter Campaign: Small World 2
@Jay1242 That's a fair point Jay, we appreciate your input and I expect your vote has been added. Keith or myself would only be able to look at this from the viewpoint of the average game; none of us are particularly familiar with wargaming niche. Perhaps you'd consider submitting a sample review to join the team as a wargaming specialist? I'm sure there's quite a few war games we haven't got reviews for yet.
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11 months, 1 week ago on Battle of the Bulge