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I should have mentioned that I"m a member of the Game Brain Podcast: Matthew Robinson and his Gaming Group should find it on any podcast app. I'm Jennifer Schlickbernd and my last podcast went up on Monday July 27th. It's on Tekenhu among other stuff :) which is the latest from the T guys. They did T'zolkin, Teotihaucan, and now Tekenhu.
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I should have mentioned that I"m a member of the Game Brain Podcast: Matthew Robinson and his Gaming Group should find it on any podcast app. I'm Jennifer Schlickbernd and my last podcast went up on Monday July 27th. It's on Tekenhu among other stuff :) which is the latest from the T guys. They did T'zolkin, Teotihaucan, and now Tekenhu.
A saw a post of yours on BGG and was like, hey that's Lorini! :)
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Yeah, if you successfully block you flip the token to its power side in the game and gain it. Sounds like a bug.

I bought it, but before I could play it, I got the urge to play the analog version again. So I’m setting that up now.
That’s what I thought. Definitely a bug.

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I found another issue with the Street Masters app today. I lost twice in story mode, and both times there was no way for me to return to the main menu or do anything. The game just "froze" on the failure story screen and I had to just kill the app and re-open it.

I think I'll wait for an update before diving back into it. It definitely has some kinks to work out.

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Finished the Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion campaign. Great fun, and satisfying to finish a game and feel like I got my money's worth. This one certainly won't be added to the Shelf of Shame. While overall it falls on the easier side if you're a veteran Gloomhaven player, it still had enough challenging scenarios to keep me engaged and entertained.

I also tried Pandemic: Rapid Response solo 2-handed, and I'll probably shelve it for now. It's decent enough - simple rules, plays fast. However, it's tough to juggle solo since you're trading off turns while the timer ticks down. Glad to have it in my collection since I love the series and got it dirt cheap, but I think it will play better with a group.

Next up on the slate I'm debating whether to jump back into Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth and do some DLC I haven't done, or hit Big Trouble in Little China with the Legacy of Lo-Pan expansion I just got. Probably the latter; I'm kind of holding off on LOTR until I can get my hands on the big box expansion.

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Next up on the slate I'm debating whether to jump back into Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth and do some DLC I haven't done, or hit Big Trouble in Little China with the Legacy of Lo-Pan expansion I just got. Probably the latter; I'm kind of holding off on LOTR until I can get my hands on the big box expansion.
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I'm sure hepcat has already seen it but Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn is rising from... the... uhh... ashes. Quarterly updates in a subscription model. $30/update.

https://www.plaidhatgames.com/news/2020 ... es-reborn/

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Ashes is a game that has appealed to me for a while now. There is a copy that sat/sits on the shelf in my FLGS that I picked up every time I went in (pre-pandemic) and then put back down. The issue I have is the game really seems designed for multiple players and I had only just gotten in to the groove of having a small gaming group when the pandemic hit.
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Tao wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:57 pm
Ashes is a game that has appealed to me for a while now. There is a copy that sat/sits on the shelf in my FLGS that I picked up every time I went in (pre-pandemic) and then put back down. The issue I have is the game really seems designed for multiple players and I had only just gotten in to the groove of having a small gaming group when the pandemic hit.
Specifically for TWO players. No more, no less.
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We play Ashes with 2, 3 and 4 all the time. It’s designed for that. It is most definitely not a two player only game. Hell, we even played a 6 player game once. Won’t do it again, but it worked.

I highly recommend Ashes. It’s in my top 10 for card games easily. I’m still mad it’s been discontinued. :(
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I broke out Legendary: X-Files because I was in the mood for a deck builder and I've played Alien so much that I figured it would be worth giving X-Files another shot.

Played extremely well, getting all three evidence cards (which nullified 3 of the final boss's abilities). No Strikes on either character, and in excellent shape headed for the final confrontation. Get to the end, and the final boss has 11 HP and one-shot kills you if he does any damage. I have no way to generate that kind of damage in two turns. Boss one shots Mulder and Scully. Game over.

That was the moment I remembered why I don't particularly care for Legendary: X-Files. Back in the closet she goes. :grund:

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I would play Ashes at 2-4. Really good game.
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Well, that's two of us. Tao, you have our endorsements for Ashes. Please purchase immediately.

Oh, and since it's going out of circulation, you can get a lot of the character decks super cheap at some FLGS and online retailers. Keep your eye on clearance sales as they always pop up there nowadays.
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Oh, and since it's going out of circulation, you can get a lot of the character decks super cheap at some FLGS and online retailers. Keep your eye on clearance sales as they always pop up there nowadays.
Then you missed the news item I posted above. They are bringing it back to life.
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coopasonic wrote:
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Oh, and since it's going out of circulation, you can get a lot of the character decks super cheap at some FLGS and online retailers. Keep your eye on clearance sales as they always pop up there nowadays.
Then you missed the news item I posted above. They are bringing it back to life.
:shock:

I did miss that!

F'ing excellent! I'm in. Subscribing now. This makes my day!

Did you see something stating that the new reboot would be 2 player only elsewhere or something? Because it sounds like they're just doing some clean up and rewording for clarity in the upgrade kit. Making me think this isn't going to change the gameplay in any significant manner.

edit: I'm fine with 30 bucks every few months to support this game. I just wish the shipping was a little cheaper than 10 bucks. Ah well, if I don't support it, it ain't gonna get made. I'm doing this for all of you, in the end. You can thank me later.

another edit: tao, they're selling the previous decks super cheap. I would highly recommend grabbing 'em up if you're even remotely interested. I'll probably review the upgrade after/if it gets released and let folks know if it's worth it, or it was a misfire. But good or bad, the original game and its decks are still very much worth getting.
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That was the moment I remembered why I don't particularly care for Legendary: X-Files. Back in the closet she goes. :grund:
I have a similar reaction every time I dust off Legendary: Firefly. Which is odd, since I really love Legendary: Marvel.
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Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:20 am
Did you see something stating that the new reboot would be 2 player only elsewhere or something? Because it sounds like they're just doing some clean up and rewording for clarity in the upgrade kit. Making me think this isn't going to change the gameplay in any significant manner.
The game page only shows a 2 in the player count box:
https://www.plaidhatgames.com/board-gam ... oenixborn/

I sold my copy quite a while ago for lack of opponents and I never played it any other way.

The description from BGG:
>> In Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, a two-player expandable card game, players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world.

The recommended player count poll results, specifically see 59% of players do no recommend playing at 3 or 4 players, the population is very small:
How many players do you recommend for this game? (OK to select more than one as "Best")
Best Recommended Not Recommended Vote Count
1 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 100.0% (43) 43
2 91.4% (74) 8.6% (7) 0.0% (0) 81
3 1.7% (1) 39.0% (23) 59.3% (35) 59
4 1.6% (1) 39.3% (24) 59.0% (36) 61
more than 4 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 100.0% (40) 40
Total voters 81
Having no experience at higher counts I'd defer to your experience.
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Skinypupy wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:31 am
YellowKing wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:07 pm

That was the moment I remembered why I don't particularly care for Legendary: X-Files. Back in the closet she goes. :grund:
I have a similar reaction every time I dust off Legendary: Firefly. Which is odd, since I really love Legendary: Marvel.
The Legendary Encounters games look the same but work quite a bit differently so it's not that odd to me.
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coopasonic wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:50 am
hepcat wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:20 am
Did you see something stating that the new reboot would be 2 player only elsewhere or something? Because it sounds like they're just doing some clean up and rewording for clarity in the upgrade kit. Making me think this isn't going to change the gameplay in any significant manner.
The game page only shows a 2 in the player count box:
https://www.plaidhatgames.com/board-gam ... oenixborn/

I sold my copy quite a while ago for lack of opponents and I never played it any other way.

The description from BGG:
>> In Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, a two-player expandable card game, players take on the roles of Phoenixborns, demi-gods and protectors of this world.

The recommended player count poll results, specifically see 59% of players do no recommend playing at 3 or 4 players, the population is very small:
How many players do you recommend for this game? (OK to select more than one as "Best")
Best Recommended Not Recommended Vote Count
1 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 100.0% (43) 43
2 91.4% (74) 8.6% (7) 0.0% (0) 81
3 1.7% (1) 39.0% (23) 59.3% (35) 59
4 1.6% (1) 39.3% (24) 59.0% (36) 61
more than 4 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 100.0% (40) 40
Total voters 81
Having no experience at higher counts I'd defer to your experience.

Not sure why the box lists two when the rules inside the box clearly state 2 to 4. Odd. In any case, it is perfectly fine with 3 and 4 players.
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coopasonic wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:53 am
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Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:07 pm

That was the moment I remembered why I don't particularly care for Legendary: X-Files. Back in the closet she goes. :grund:
I have a similar reaction every time I dust off Legendary: Firefly. Which is odd, since I really love Legendary: Marvel.
The Legendary Encounters games look the same but work quite a bit differently so it's not that odd to me.
I've been tempted by the Legendary:007 game. Anyone tried that out yet?
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I dumped my extra Legendary games (Predator and Firefly and I swear there was another...) and am unlikely to buy any more. Marvel, Alien and Buffy is all the Legendary anyone needs!
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hentzau wrote:I've been tempted by the Legendary:007 game. Anyone tried that out yet?
I played it at GenCon last year just before it was released and had a great time with it. Even though it's not an "Encounters" game, they incorporated some Encounters elements into it so that it still played very similarly. So for example, while you're fighting a standard boss Legendary style (as opposed to completing objectives ala LE: Alien), you're still getting events that come up which require you to succeed at certain objectives. So it comes off as a bit of a hybrid.

It allows you to play though three different Bond eras, with elements from 3 movies in each era as I recall.

I've been tempted to pick it up multiple times since it was released but just haven't gotten around to it, and the times I have looked for it it's been out of stock. There's an expansion out now as well which makes me even more tempted.

Anyway, from my limited time with it, I recommend it. Aliens is still my favorite of the series, but I enjoyed 007 more than any of the others I've played. As a matter of comparison, I've played Marvel Legendary, LE: Aliens, LE: Predator, LE:X-Files, and Legendary Buffy.

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I've got Legendary Marvel and like it quite a bit, but I've been wanting to try out some of the Encounters titles for a few years now. It won't happen for a bit ('fun stuff' budget is going to be zero for a while), but they're high on my list when the time comes.
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