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Michael Barnes wrote: They really hit paydirt with Spartacus, Firefly, and ST:A. Even their tier 2 was solid with Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, and that forgotten WWE game. But between Doctor Who and this (both, notably, designed by the same person) they seem to be content to hope that mediocrity will carry a branded title.
Tyrants of the Underdark remains my favorite (I think)
GF9’s decline is unfortunate. They lost all of their key talent and leadership l do like the World of Tanks game and their Dune was the best it could likely have been. But they just can’t seem to get it together, and a lot of that has to do with giving this particular designer top shelf licenses. Both Doctor Who and Aliens were delayed for long periods of time and both show signs of rough development.
WadeMonnig wrote: I debated doing a downfall of GF9 article but nixed it as being mean spirited.
I sometimes feel nihilistic, like our individual actions don't mean much, and then it takes the death of a talented artist who brought people some limited form of joy because of their creativity and hard work to remind me that we can do things to make the world a little better, and our actions still matter.
That’s not the bonkers part. They decided on direct sales only through their web site by means of a pyramid scheme that aped gang membership. You could only make orders if given a reference, and they would get some bonus for each reference. Booster boxes were called kilos, and you were encouraged to choose a gang name. Distasteful at best but hilarious as a nerd’s idea of being hard twenty years on.
I would theoretically play it with 21 year old son and 16 year old teen daughter, but she's in homework prison for about a month and I can't see her getting into it. I have yet to get her to play Wingspan. I'm getting slightly better at not lying to myself about which games will get played.
I did pick up my order from there though:
MARIPOSAS (from the WINGSPAN designer)
THE GREAT HEARTLAND HAULING CO (heard great things about it as a family game)
EXIT: THE ENCHANTED FOREST (I heard this is one of the best EXIT games)