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I have today received my first really large (in volume terms) Kickstarter - Etherfields.  Awaken Realms has developed into a really slick KS operation these days after a rocky start (judging by comments made some time ago in this thread).  

 

They have included promos -  graphic novel and a crew member dog tag for their next big project - a co-op with a space exploration theme - ISS Vanguard.

 

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1 hour ago, uglifruit said:

I was very tempted by that one.  I hope it plays as great as it looks.

I'll post as soon as I've had a play through - to be honest, reading the rules doesn't give one a very good sense of the actual gameplay.  I'm no big fan of miniatures generally, but these are insanely detailed.

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I've just been emailed to say Etherfields late pledges are open.  I'll post my full impressions inthe playing thread shortly, but suffice to say here, two dreams down, it's extremely enjoyable and intriguing, ideal for 1 or 2 players.

 It reminds me a little of This War of Mine - the clever use of cards in that to tell a story, and getting multiple uses from decks, and of 7th Continent in terms of growing a map which you need to pay close attention to (and also in maintaining a filing cabinet's worth of card and tile decks), and finallty to good legacy games where you add cards to all your decks as you open tuck boxes (although so far as I know this isn't a legacy game).

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Looks lovely but surely now is the worst time you could possibly launch an expensive crowd-funding campaign. Everyone's spending budgets are stretched by Christmas, and for us in the UK we'll still largely clueless what the duty is going to be on importing fourteen kilograms of board game next year.

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Ergh! I still don't know what to do about my Etherfields order after hearing the wider feedback. Part of me thinks I should go ahead and judge it for myself but with a massive shedload of unplayed games, it might be some time before I get it to the table. By which time the fan community will probably have am amended it to remove most of the jank (I see that's already started with fixed slumber rules / board layout and someone's creating a narration app and correcting the translation mess ups in the process).

 

Just can't decide if it's worth cancelling and putting the money towards something else that's got known chops (something like Nemesis / Nemesis Lockdown when it reopens) and something else which is getting huge positive buzz (like ISS Vanguard).

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3 hours ago, Spatial said:

Ergh! I still don't know what to do about my Etherfields order after hearing the wider feedback. Part of me thinks I should go ahead and judge it for myself but with a massive shedload of unplayed games, it might be some time before I get it to the table. By which time the fan community will probably have am amended it to remove most of the jank (I see that's already started with fixed slumber rules / board layout and someone's creating a narration app and correcting the translation mess ups in the process).

 

Just can't decide if it's worth cancelling and putting the money towards something else that's got known chops (something like Nemesis / Nemesis Lockdown when it reopens) and something else which is getting huge positive buzz (like ISS Vanguard).

I think the SUASD review was borderline unprofessional but it seems to have played well.   Point out the major design flaws and leave it at that, don't start cutting corners left right and centre.  Once the initial rush of enthusiasm rubs off its one to get out once every so often, not one to play intensively because in that case the slumbers would certainly get tedious.  

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Cheers, I think part of my problem is the dread of Kickstarter FOMO - now I've got in on order, if they did tweak it to resolve some issues I'd kick myself for passing it up.

 

I think I'm better off sticking with my order and seeing how it goes - better to have tried it and not liked it than having never tried it at all.

 

7 hours ago, DoctorEgo said:

I late backed Etherfields based on previews and early impressions, so have no cancellation options. Serves me right for breaking my No Kickstarters rule.

 

On the plus side you could probably sell it straight on for what you paid. I think this is going to be my plan when it turns up - play it no matter what else is on the go and then make a decision from there as to whether I can live with the issues or not.

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Yeah, that’s a good plan. Hopefully it’s tweaked sufficiently by the time it shows up that the (supposedly) more glaring issues have at least been mitigated, whether by AR or the community.

 

This has entirely cured me of my temptation to back their new campaign at least, which is probably for the best!

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So, France has shut our export freight links down, does anyone know what the situation is for imports right now?

 

In an exciting turn of events, last night I received a dispatch notification from FedEx, letting me know that the expansion for Anachrony is on its way. This was a campaign which ran back in April 2019, and I was aware at the time that a no-deal Brexit was a possibility, leading to possible delays and extra charges. What I don't think anyone could have predicted was that it would be scheduled to arrive in the same week as both a possible no-deal Brexit, and the UK's borders being forcibly closed due to a mutating viral pandemic.

 

I've been eagerly following the updates on how fulfillment has been progressing, from admiring the pretty pictures of prototypes and manufacturing proofs, to willing the cargo ship across the seas once it was apparent that there was still a possibility I could have this box of shiny baubles before we potentially crash out of the EU. The ship docked in Poland, where the EU fulfillment centre is, a couple of weeks ago, and the publishers Mindclash let us know that UK backers have very kindly been put at the front of the queue. When the email came in last night, I couldn't help but laugh, as I've been given an ETA of the 29th of December, which now seems remarkably optimistic:

 

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I'm considering taking bets on whether I ever see this box, whether it'll end up forever locked away in some country's customs awaiting a solution to our trade woes, or on a bonfire as fuel to keep some poor trucker warm as he enters his thirtieth day of The Great Queue. I'm still optimistic, I reckon it'll turn up on Thursday the 31st.

 

 

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And we're off!

 

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Admittedly, it hasn't gone far yet. The package was first scanned at Łubna, which appears to be a surburb of Warsaw along with Janki, so this isn't so much part of the story of my parcel's journey out of Poland, but a shuffling around by the Polish courier. It'll be sat on a pallet along with the other UK-bound boxes in some warehouse, waiting for the next leg of the journey.

 

It's interesting to wonder what my parcel's route might be. It still has over one thousand miles to go, so what's the most efficient way to push that pallet of games along this final stretch? Is it by air? That would certainly be the quickest, most direct option, but I've no idea if it's the most profitable. Will it be chucked on a lorry? If so, will it be an entirely land-based journey, through Germany and France? Will they go through Belgium? Or will the lorry get on a ferry somewhere along the way? The container ship from China came through the Suez Canal, sailing around the Iberian Peninsula, and into the Baltic Sea via the Great Belt. Perhaps my parcel will retread some part of that route in order to reach our shores.

 

Will the UK border chaos affect the decisions of the courier? If there's a chance their vehicles get caught up trying to enter and/or leave our country, will they maybe push other, more-profitable jobs ahead in the queue? Suddenly, it dawns on me why "pick up and deliver" is such a popular genre in board gaming. I find it fascinating to think about international networks of transport links, funnelling tiny packets of joy to people all over the world, and along the way it is more than one person's job to maximise the effeciency of their delivery engine. Someone's been dealt a hand of contract cards that includes the Anachrony expansions, and those wooden cubes have already been placed on a giant board, pushed along links in a giant map of the world. Zoom in close enough, and you'll find one of the nodes in that graph has a picture of my house on it.

 

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8 minutes ago, Cosmic_Guru said:

Nice post there! I've received notice that DHL has applied "return to sender" to all UK bound parcels.

 

Oh no! I assume they are being sent back to the EU fulfillment centre, which raises questions about who bears the cost for re-delivery, and presumably will not be this side of New Year's now? I fear I'll be in the same boat before long.

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