hepcat wrote:Smash Up is definitely on my radar (I mentioned it on this page a while back), and Star Trek: Fleet Captains is currently gathering dust in my rather large gaming closet right now, but I suspect it will reemerge with the release of the Romulan expansion. It has the potential for greatness, but was hobbled right out of the gate with a few fundamental flaws...one of which is that the Federation player could just avoid conflict and interaction with the other player all together, huddle up in his corner of the universe and win rather quickly. I'm hoping that the Romulans change that up. The game itself is fantastic when you get two players who want to just mix it up and have fun.
I wouldn't have known about Smash Up if I didn't read it here and the AEG guys were happy I'd at least heard of it. The WizKid rep said they're hoping that the Romulan expansion is well received since it will allow for three players and add the element of espionage.
LordMortis wrote:Set aside about three to five hours and play through the walk through. You're still playing the game but you're learning most of the game as you go. Keep the rules out and refer to them often for the next five games or so. Eventually the games will come down to about two hours a pop if you are playing with people who are fairly on the ball.
If you want to learn it by yourself before introducing it to others then pretend to be two different players and go through the walk through and then play the solo variant.... And still keep the rule by your side. It just takes a number of games to feel comfortable with the rules enough to not have to reference them again and again.
Yeah, that's what I sort of figured, though I'm a lazy gamer and learn best when someone else is explaining it to me. Once I have the rules down I can explain it to other people no problem, but learning it initially is always my issue.
Also, don't start with GenCon for a national Convention. Start with Origins. You could probably even drive to Columbus for New Jersey. What is that? Maybe 8 or 10 hours?
Yeah, probably 10 hours, which is actually pretty reasonable. The convention we attended locally apparently locked in the July 4th week for the next two years, which is rather problematic. Next year the 4th is on a Thursday and then in 2014 it's a Friday. I can't reasonably disappear for 12+ hours on the 4th of July as it's sort of earmarked for family related activities, so our plans to make it a 3+ day event are already sidetracked. But I can certainly look into the Origins event...