What PURCHASES are you RESISTING?
Like the 2 hour civ game, the Eklundless HF game seems like a grail that's still just out of reach for a lot of people.
quozl wrote: One thing I do to resist purchases is wait a year after it comes out before purchasing. By then, you should be able to know if it will be a shelf toad or not.
I'm trying to make a guess as to the average age of games when I purchase them. I'm buying almost all used now (he says after recently buying SpaceCorp and Talon 1000 new) and I'd wager it's four or five years. If a game's reception hasn't shaken out by then I don't know when it will.
Roll For The Galaxy
Edit: name fix!
Ah_Pook wrote: @Gary Sax
Roll For The Galaxy Ambition on sale for $40 at CSI currently. I have to imagine that's not the bottom for the price drops on this one but it's still a good place to jump in if you want it
I don't know if this will help someone resist or not, but Ambition helped me get rid of Roll, because it finally pushed the whole thing over the edge of there being no point to the fact that this is a dice game. Far too many ways to ignore the randomness and management of the dice were added. But if that doesn't bother you, no problem.
WHY RESIST: I have 10 other deckbuilders with 50 other expansions, so do I really need another one? Plus, the Steam version is nice and I can even play hotseat with my kids.
WHY GIVE IN: I love the "you win" card. And it's only $27 for the base and the expansion!
WHY RESIST: It seems to be in kind of a halfway zone. On the one hand, I could just play Epic Duels. On the other, I could use that time and paint minis and build terrain for Frostgrave.
WHY GIVE IN: It's a board skirmish game not tied to a particular IP. The reactions and the terrain system seem really interesting.
Shards, it’s on IOS.
I crossed a milestone at Origins last week.
I only bought one game.
I SOLD four.
Every year, there's a Math Trade. For the past several years, organizers have added a "flea market." Figure it out through BGG, and make the physical transaction in the flesh.
For $20, I bought some fella's POD / DIY copy of the fan made 'The Thing.' Up to six players recreate John Carpenter's The Thing. In card play! $20 was worth it to me; worth not having hassle of a nice print job and sleeving.
I sold a lot of the plastic crack miniature boxes overwhelming my house. Deep Madness, Massive Darkness, Zombicide: Black Plague, and Zombicide: BP Green Horde.
I swear, I've turned a new leaf. After years of admiring Jeff White's lean and mean "collection," to Michael Barnes hard core "play 'em and pass 'em" mentality - I'm finally starting to get rid of my STUFF. It's a little step, but it's a step. My next step is my FLGS's annual used board game sale. I have more to unload.
What did I specifically resist at Origins? I didn't buy anything from TTCombat. They market a wacky wrestling game called "Rumbleslam." I only own one team, and I vowed not to buy or paint anymore unless I played the game with the friends that encouraged me to go-in.
So I went in. I bought a team in March at Adepticon, after playing a game with a borrowed team . It was interesting. Interesting enough to take a baby step. So I bought a squad of hyper sexualized female wrestlers and vowed to have them ready for Origins.
Meanhwile, I read the rule book. The mechanics are perfectly fine, charming in fact. It's a fun game. The layout is hit and miss. The illustrations are low rent. But the worst? The fluff. Absolutely daft. It's so bad, it makes me question the entire game. That's rough.
Okay okay. Get past it, right? Right. I'll lose myself in the moment of game play. Carry on, and keep swinging my paint brush. As I prepped the models, I was getting more and more frustrated. They're resin, and fragile as hell. These are poor design decisions for a miniatures game that requires some serious pawn abuse. They're handled ALL THE TIME. Part of their fragility is that they meant to be glued to a clear plexi round base. I asked the dealers in March, "What about frosting?" They replied, "Just pin it!" That wasn't a great answer, but I took it. The problem with the female team I chose; they're wearing heels and there's no place to pin. So I used the smallest about of glue, and it frosted up. Badly. GOD DAMN IT.
So I go to the web store, considering replacement bases. They want ten bucks for ten poorly cut round bases. It reminds me, the dice in the core box are screen printed garbage. The engraved dice, which are nice, cost ten dollars. It's a worth while upgrade, as the set of screen printed dice I played with had already lost a lot of ink. But here's the rub; the content photo on the back of the core box show the engraved dice. WTF. I asked in March, and the reps said, "Yeah, it's unfortunate, but hey! The dice are only ten bucks!"
However, all of these complaints are minor compared to what really irked me. I went to their booth to look at some new wrestlers. I struck up a conversation with two reps. Out came my wrestlers, and it was time to show off. I was happy with my paint job! So I handed two miniatures to two employees. I was fishing for compliments, and I got them! One miniature was handed back. The other other miniature was handed back, broken. In less than one minute, the TTCombat employee had snapped my wrestler's ankle. Clean off. I handed him a singular piece. He handed me two pieces in return. "I'm really sorry," he said. I was confused. I took my miniature and set it back into it's foam. My buddies saw it, and together said "Awww. A little bit of glue will patch it right up!" They ushered me away as I was starting to get hot.
So I left the booth without resolution. As in; I wanted resolution. My buddies felt it was super lame, but repairable. The TTC guys apparently felt they were in the clear with an apology and us walking away. But I just got hotter and hotter. A few minutes later, I got a small distraction. Then another. Then another. A beer for lunch and I though I was over it. But now that I've typed this out, I'm not over it.
What kind of game publishing employee breaks a buyer's miniature and gets by with a "I'm sorry?" Apparently, the guy who broke mine. Because I let him pass. I could have handled it differently. I could have blown my top. My friends felt this was the direction it was headed, so they cut me off. I could (should) have had a mature conversation with the employee. I did not. Instead, I just walked away. In turn, I resisted buying anything else from TTCombat.