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I'm not sure that's entirely untrue of many Kickstarters that they have been very concerned about the price of in the past. It does seem like a good game, just one that will require a very good GM to get the most out of.

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They look nice, but £25 for 50 cards? Hell no. That feels greedy af.

 

Still, say it’s for D&D and people just post the FryTakeMyMoney.gif.

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Just got back in to find a big box on the doorstop - it's HEXplore It, one of my more expensive ones, in fact the first major one after Unbroken which started me off, so that's good.  A few others are on address lock down too. 

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Anyone got any opinions on Etherfields?

 

 

I think I like the look of it. And hopefully will do in 2057 when it actually arrives...

 

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1 hour ago, Rev said:

Anyone got any opinions on Etherfields?

 

 

I think I like the look of it. And hopefully will do in 2057 when it actually arrives...

 

 

Looks lovely, but I’m still waiting for Nemesis wave 2 to ship, and have Tainted Grail on the way circa 2021. So think I will sit this one out.

 

Then again...

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5 hours ago, Cosmic_Guru said:

I'm in for that, should be my pen-penultimate KS (in backing timeline terms that is, not necessarily delivery :coffee:).

 

(Antepenultimate.)

 

 

I’m good at avoiding them normally, but it feels quite a lot like an expensive game rather than a game that has been made expensive. Like, all the minis in most of the big Kickstarter games could just be cardboard and then all that is left is...A board. This feels like it needs a lot of stuff, the cards and board and stuff and then they’ve just added some minis to make sure it earns a few million on Kickstarter.

 

Not sure that makes sense. Basically the cheapest possible version of this would still be quite expensive.

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3 hours ago, Rev said:

 

(Antepenultimate.)

 

 

I’m good at avoiding them normally, but it feels quite a lot like an expensive game rather than a game that has been made expensive. Like, all the minis in most of the big Kickstarter games could just be cardboard and then all that is left is...A board. This feels like it needs a lot of stuff, the cards and board and stuff and then they’ve just added some minis to make sure it earns a few million on Kickstarter.

 

Not sure that makes sense. Basically the cheapest possible version of this would still be quite expensive.

 

Noted.

 

I didn't think this one was particularly mini heavy (core box pledge).  Minis don't do anything for me since they take up large volumes of space and I don't paint - I'm happy with standees.  To be honest this (Etherfields) looks a complete gamble - could be interesting, could be shit, certainly won't be ready for next March.  I quite like the idea of table top games like this moving away from the standard categories - dungeon crawler (or sci fi equivalent), engine builder, worker placement, area control, roll and move, deck building, card battling, adventure book, whatever, and this seems to scratch that itch.  One thing to note is that it isn't a legacy game so it should be re-sellable (unless it's shit, but that is what eBay is for). 

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21 minutes ago, Cosmic_Guru said:

 

Noted.

 

I didn't think this one was particularly mini heavy (core box pledge).  Minis don't do anything for me since they take up large volumes of space and I don't paint - I'm happy with standees.  To be honest this (Etherfields) looks a complete gamble - could be interesting, could be shit, certainly won't be ready for next March.  I quite like the idea of table top games like this moving away from the standard categories - dungeon crawler (or sci fi equivalent), engine builder, worker placement, area control, roll and move, deck building, card battling, adventure book, whatever, and this seems to scratch that itch.  One thing to note is that it isn't a legacy game so it should be re-sellable (unless it's shit, but that is what eBay is for). 

 

That’s what I meant really, they’ve just chucked the minis in to get a few million quid from Kickstarter. Because people only back games on Kickstarter unless there is a lot of Stuff. Doesn’t matter if the game needs it, there just needs to be stuff.

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This is the link to the Vol III HEXplore it game - Sands of Shurax.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hexploreit/hexplore-it-the-sands-of-shurax/description

 

Worth keeping an eye on if you like solo or 2P games such as Mage Knight, Gloomhaven (for character interaction), or similar fairly sand-boxy affairs, where you don't necessarily have to "beat" the game each time to feel you have had a worthwhile experience.   A soloist would typically control two characters with powers which often intertwine (a bit reminiscent of turn-ordered combat in a JRPG); a couple could use 3-4 and have a fully balanced team.  I can't see any point in playing this with bigger groups because you are moving a single party around the map, and it could also get a little chaotic in battle.  

The thing which stands out for me about this particular volume is the relatively low number of roles (and races) included - 6.  I know this is similar to those included for many crawlers, but the first volume (VotDK) absolutely trampled over this with 24 - a mix of damager doers, buffers, utility chaps, debuffers and specialists.  All these roles and races may be used in any game in the series and contribute significantly to replayability.  They will most likely make the first volume available within pledge manager and if the price is competitive (compared to discounted UK retail of £70) I would go for both to significantly improve the experience (you don't need the expansion to Volume I unless you want to explore the PvP mode included in that).  All the three volumes play in an identical manner mechanically, with variations around the edges, so looking at any video of any of the volumes will give you an idea of whether it might appeal.  The dry wipe markers and boards are incredibly useful and the way the characters grow from weaklings to superpowered boss slayers is impressive.  There is plenty of scope for mixing and matching from the various gameplay options and/or house rules to find something which suits.I would second the various comments from fans - a high quality product, if niche.  

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