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Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:34 am
by Holman
Worthington Games is rebooting the 1970s TSR classic Divine Right. They're keeping the original aesthetic but raising the component quality.

I never played the original, but I was always interested.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:49 pm
by YellowKing
Debating on backing Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game

I'm a sucker for anything Cthulhu related, and the fact that this is an officially licensed Chaosium product makes it all the more tempting. Plus you've got good designer pedigree (Adam Kwapinski who did Nemesis and Frostpunk). And a cute little cardboard train. Throw in some mechanics I love (deduction, push your luck bag draws, co-op), and it's close to a no-brainer.

My only real hesitation is that I've heard from folks who played it at GenCon last year that it's REALLY difficult to win. While ordinarily I don't mind difficult games, it does scare me off a tiny bit.

Hopefully there will be more gameplay videos out before I have to decide. Or I may just throw in a buck to late pledge later.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:52 pm
by RMC
YellowKing wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:49 pm Debating on backing Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game

I'm a sucker for anything Cthulhu related, and the fact that this is an officially licensed Chaosium product makes it all the more tempting. Plus you've got good designer pedigree (Adam Kwapinski who did Nemesis and Frostpunk). And a cute little cardboard train. Throw in some mechanics I love (deduction, push your luck bag draws, co-op), and it's close to a no-brainer.

My only real hesitation is that I've heard from folks who played it at GenCon last year that it's REALLY difficult to win. While ordinarily I don't mind difficult games, it does scare me off a tiny bit.

Hopefully there will be more gameplay videos out before I have to decide. Or I may just throw in a buck to late pledge later.
Same to all the above, but I backed it anyway. Even with those limitations, I think it will be good, and the price point, for a kickstarter, is fairly low.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 4:13 pm
by YellowKing
You twisted my arm. I'm in. Also found a Jon Gets Games run through of it, and a positive preview from Rahdo that both helped seal the deal. This is one I'll primarily play solo, and the brain burnery puzzle nature looks like it will fit well with solo play.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 4:19 pm
by Smoove_B
Like many others, I'm a sucker for the theme and I'm of an age where I actually remember the paper-based RPG campaign of the same name.

I do need to watch some preview videos though as the little I've seen suggest this is Euro-ish with lots of bits and pieces. That's not a mechanic I typically enjoy (Euros, broadly) so I'd need to verify how things work. I'd also most likely be playing solo so it has to make sense from that standpoint as well.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2024 4:22 pm
by YellowKing
Here's the JonGetsGames playthrough I was talking about:



It's one of the first videos I've found that actually shows what the actual gameplay is like.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2024 4:09 pm
by YellowKing
Mike from One Stop Co-op Shop is probably my favorite YouTube teacher of games. He dropped his tutorial/overview if anyone is still on the fence:


Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 3:52 pm
by Blackhawk
Today's workout: Hauling Dungeon Universalis up the stairs. The box wasn't as big as some games I've lugged up the stairs, but it was so full of books and cards that it might as well have been a block of solid wood.

Now, to squint at the rulebook.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 4:45 pm
by hepcat
welcome to HARDCORE dungeon crawling. :)

Get out some of your fantasy minis and go to town.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:07 pm
by Blackhawk
I'm a survivor of the Battle of the Red Box, and a veteran of the Rolemaster Wars. I can handle it.

As soon as I get a magnifier to read the rulebook!

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:08 pm
by Isgrimnur

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:16 pm
by Blackhawk
I'm not that desperate.

Yet.

I'm getting there, though.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 9:54 am
by hepcat
Blackhawk wrote: Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:07 pm I'm a survivor of the Battle of the Red Box, and a veteran of the Rolemaster Wars. I can handle it.

As soon as I get a magnifier to read the rulebook!
Warning: I believe there is a penalty in Dungeon Universalis for shooting into a group of two or more figures engaged in melee that includes the chance of hitting a random participant. :D

But man, I love how they handle shields. :wub:

Now you got me wanting to whip out my copy and get back into it. We could even play online with their party/map site sometime.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 9:56 am
by Zarathud
Damn it, those types of rules screw me over every time. When it comes to clutch die rolls to avoid catastrophe, I make interesting and bad things happen.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 11:01 am
by Blackhawk
hepcat wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2024 9:54 am
Blackhawk wrote: Mon Apr 15, 2024 11:07 pm I'm a survivor of the Battle of the Red Box, and a veteran of the Rolemaster Wars. I can handle it.

As soon as I get a magnifier to read the rulebook!
Warning: I believe there is a penalty in Dungeon Universalis for shooting into a group of two or more figures engaged in melee that includes the chance of hitting a random participant. :D
:grund:

Not... how... bows... work.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 11:16 am
by hepcat
:lol:
Spoiler:
BLUNDERS AND FAILURES
A blunder result when attacking at a distance may
result in the weapon breaking (see the section "Breaking
Roll" on page 41). In addition, the shot or throwing will
automatically hit the closest ally among those adjacent
to the squares through which the path of the shot passed
(in scenarios without squares, as it is detailed later in these
rules, it is understood that the line of fire will be 1 inch wide
and may affect all characters whose bases touch that line).
In case of doubt, when there are several allies located at the
same distance from the trajectory, one random character will
be hit.
If the test is failed and there is a result of 1 in one of
the dice, a shot or throwing targeting an enemy with an
ally adjacent to him will hit the ally instead (if there are
several adjacent allies, one of them will be hit at random).
However, adjacent allies that are smaller than the target
cannot be hit.
After a misfire the character's activation ends.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 11:59 am
by Blackhawk
Now that I'm OK with (if I'm reading the rule correctly, sans-context.) Hitting an ally on a fumble is reasonable. It's always been the "when firing into melee, apply the attack to a random target" type rules I hate.

Re: Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2024 12:23 pm
by hepcat
To be fair, they usually only enforce the "hit random enemy/hit ally" rule when you fail your role in the other games too. Usually only when a certain really bad roll is made.