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This war of mine boardgame

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29 Apr 2021 10:28 #322683 by edulis
I am thinking of purchasing this War of Mine for some solo gaming. Have people played this? What are your thoughts?

Does it have good replay? Do you feel like you are playing a game or is it more of a story with little actual control?

What is the set up and take down like? Are the expansions needed?

I like soloing Walking Dead All Out War and Arkham Horror (2nd edition).

I have Nemo's war, but have only found it meh.

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29 Apr 2021 11:10 - 29 Apr 2021 11:13 #322687 by mezike
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I quite like it, particularly the evening exploration part of it which is done very well. What I am not so keen on is that the game is super-swingy, particularly on the front door events. I've had games where there was no trouble at all and it was just motoring through the story paragraphs, and others where we all died a brutal death without hope.

We put it away shortly after the pandemic started because it just felt like the wrong kind of game for these times but I'm sure we will play again at some point. Even though it isn't getting any play I am loathe to sell it because I'll likely just want to buy it again a couple of years later, which already happened once. The expansions are totally inconsequential in my view unless you have played through everything and are desperate for new content.

To answer your specific questions - setup is fairly quick, just dealing out some cards, and the rulebook does a good job of teaching while you play so you can get stuck straight in. It is definitely less hassle than Arkham 2e. Replayability i'd say is pretty good, the story paragraphs are mostly good although the quality does vary with so much material. Every game certainly feels different, sometimes very unfair, and it does generate some organic story notes and not just paragraph text which is good.

I've written about it a few times on here, but they are session reports so nothing particularly deep or revealing.
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29 Apr 2021 11:17 - 29 Apr 2021 11:18 #322690 by charlest
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I believe this forum is well divided on this game. I'm in the group that likes it. It's made it into my top 50 games list the last couple of times I've done one.

I kind of like that it's swingy, although it seems to swing towards the easy end far less often than the difficult.

To me this game is all about generating a really harrowing story that would fit in alongside The Road.

I love how sophisticated the game is yet it all flows pretty well and is simple enough to play with just that turn walkthrough booklet. I love how difficult it is. I love the construction and how precious a handgun and a bullet feel.

Often times you don't have control, which may be a big turnoff for you.

However, I think this is the best survival board game yet.
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29 Apr 2021 22:54 #322717 by ratpfink
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It's a cool game. I think how the game basically teaches you the rules as you go is pretty brilliant.

I sold my copy after playing once or twice, mostly because I didn't think I was going to have much luck getting it back to the table and my solitaire gaming is on a PS4. So I play it on there instead.

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03 May 2021 10:49 #322815 by edulis
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mezike wrote:
I've written about it a few times on here, but they are session reports so nothing particularly deep or revealing.
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Oct 2019 (again)


Thanks for the links- your stories have sold me, I am ordering it today.

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03 May 2021 14:40 #322825 by mezike
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I hope you enjoy it!

Completely unrelated my son asked about it earlier today so we set it up and started a game. Things are not going well, poor Marcin succumbed by day 4 by being the punchbag for our relentless misfortune and we lost all of our food two days running, but on the upside we did avoid a savage beating from a bunch of mafia types who forced us to set up a moonshine still for them and have started to board up the holes in the house.

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