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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: May 01, 2015, 02:07:58 PM
I do not have enough local people I know who are interested in board games to make buying new ones worth it.  I have a small collection of games, including some Avalon Hill (Like the original Starship Troopers), but nothing new and no one to play them with really.  All my non-video game friends are online.

Do you have an iPad? If so, check out the Ascension app. It's awesome.

There are a ton of other good ones too, including Ticket to Ride, Star Realms, etc., but not as good as Ascension IMO.
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 03:13:10 PM
As for what to check out, I recommend anything by our friend Antoine Bauza (yes, the same guy who originally wrote Little Wizards). Pretty much all of his games are awesome, but here are a few of my favorites...

  • Rampage (aka Terror in Meeple City): It was made as a licensed video game adaptation but had to change the name for silly legal reasons. It's phenomenal. One of the finest physical challenge board games I have ever seen. I've hand-sold maybe 50 copies of it now.
  • Tokaido: You're traveling along the famed East Sea Road of Japan's Edo Period, competing to be the most seasoned and enlightened traveler. I defy anyone to get through a game of this without their blood pressure normalizing. This one should be set up in therapists' offices everywhere.
  • Takenoko: Build gardens of stacking bamboo shoots to achieve various color-matching goals but look out! If you're not careful Mr. Panda will  come and nosh on your humble plot.
  • 7 Wonders: it's a little older but well worth your valuable time. It's a drafting kingdom builder where you're focused primarily on the great achievements of your civilization, all the while making sure to watch (and possibly foil) the kingdoms on either side of you.

I also like Ghost Stories, though I think it's the weakest (and most complex) of his games. I have Samurai Spirit but haven't had the chance to play it yet.
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 02:55:00 PM
I like (and own) Legendary but the set-up is atrocious. You can also inadvertently create decks that flat-out can't counter one another. The only way I found that it plays smoothly is to go out of your way to custom build hero and villain decks specifically as balanced challenges for each individual game, which has the added benefit of ramping up the narrative value of the experience. I've done this and my base set + Dark City box has two "go sets" that are all I use now.

I hear the Aliens version of the game is much better, and a fitting tribute to the franchise. Haven't had the chance to play it yet.

Meanwhile, the DC deck-builder is awesome. It's exactly what you want out of a fight in tights game in this category - and the new villain base set we played at WonderCon was suh-weet!
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 29, 2015, 06:54:06 PM
Mass Effect isn't God of War in Space, it's ...frankly it's Buck Rogers, but with the trimmings updated and the hero a heroine.

Spectacle isn't the point. Gigantic body counts isn't the point. It's not propaganda either. It's about Hope and how, though hard won and fragile, Life is worth defending because it's worth living.

All of this. Exactly all of this.
35  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Ralph McQuarrie and James Bond on: April 29, 2015, 06:40:11 PM
I recall the Miami Vice stunt show from forever ago at Universal Studios LA. It was awesome covered in awesome, with some awesome sprinkles and a side of awesomesauce. Stunt shows rule.

He speaks true, ladies and gentlemen. A Bond show like that would be stratosphericly sweet.
36  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: April 29, 2015, 06:38:45 PM
It would be a disaster for my gaming table if you guys would close the doors.

Please do what you need to do to stay around and release cool stuff. Cheesy

Thanks guys! We really appreciate the understanding. Crafty's evolved quite a lot over the last couple years. We've had to shift directions a bit, prioritize a lot more than we'd like, and ultimately make some calls in the best interest of the company that were not obvious paths for us when we started - but that's the name of this publishing game. You adapt to grow, and grow to adapt.

We'll be around for a good, loooooong while yet. We may sometimes be slow but we're also methodical and careful. We've weathered several company-killing events over the last decade and we're still here. I don't see why anything else would take us out.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 27, 2015, 06:33:04 PM
Yeah, that Mass Effect 4 leak is dope. As someone who's still wading through DA:I, I'm really excited about a similar treatment for Bioware's sci fi franchise.
38  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Ralph McQuarrie and James Bond on: April 27, 2015, 06:17:24 PM
That soooo needed to happen.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 21, 2015, 11:27:01 AM
I get the feeling y'all will be more interested in the latter.  Wink

Jurassic World is high on the excitement meter, but Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock Holmes? I can't wait.

I've been pretty wildly excited about Jurassic World for months now, and I adore the new posters (see below). This latest trailer has cooled me a bit, though. There are so many directly derivative shots in it.... I hope the movie doesn't retread as much as this footage does.

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40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 08:33:03 AM
Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.

I chalk it up to fear and misguided reverence. Sometimes as a creator or IP holder you get become so convinced that your property is one thing that you fail to see it can be anything else. As an example of that to which I can personally speak, consider Legend of the Five Rings. It's taken AEG fifteen years to expand that game's voice and many would argue it's still a fairly narrow presentation.

You have no idea how hard I had to fight to get humor into Spycraft. the company's history and other properties did me no favors there.
41  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: April 17, 2015, 04:43:29 PM
It takes a long while to make dice from nothin', it does. A long time...

Not a joke. It's months of manufacturing and shipping. True story,
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 15, 2015, 12:49:15 AM
Whoa, hey, WHOA, HEY!  Just caught the next official trailer for Terminator: Genisys.


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Yeah, this was a major bummer - and after one of the early Terminator 2 trailers did the same revealing the nature of Schwarzenegger's character... You'd think the marketing execs (or whomever made this call) would know better with this franchise.
43  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: April 13, 2015, 03:59:17 AM
In that case, has any thought been given to doing a PoD omnibus for the Call to Arms series as well as the Spellbound Series? It would seem that having PoD options for Call to Arms and Spellbound would be the final print fan's option for having the full FC line in professional print rather than 1/2 print and 1/2 PDF printed for a 3-ring binder.

There aren't very many remaining CtA titles that aren't already part of print titles. Maybe we could bundle those together... maybe. It's not likely to happen anytime soon, though. We're a bit swamped with other projects at the moment.
44  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: April 13, 2015, 03:57:37 AM
No worries. There's a constant push and pull with these things. Designers try to cover all the bases but mostly we aim to keep the game playing smoothly and quickly overall, and it's often necessary to sacrifice one for the other. Generally we favor the latter and let the GM do the former because otherwise we all wind up stuck in a quagmire, never moving forward with new things. And that's what we all want, right? New things to play with?
45  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: April 11, 2015, 04:55:53 AM
Is there any chance that after the Subscription model roll-out, of thinking about a specialized Kickstarter campaign?

Sadly, no. Companies can only go to the crowdfunding well so often and we have to pick our campaigns very carefully. We already have a few things in the pipe that will keep us busy on that front for a while yet.

P.S. Haven't forgotten about updating you guys. Just still very busy with the actual drafts. Just a little more breathing room and I'll have news for y'all soon.
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