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Barnestorming- Seekers of a Hidden Light in Review, Evolution in Review, Splatoon 08 Jun 2015 08:17 #203493

Temple of Elemetal Evil bombed at Origins. There were PILES at every vendor - Coolstuff had it for 45$ and was trying to dump them for 40$ by Sunday. I put a blue circular sticker on one of the boxes the on early Saturday to see if it would be sold...nope. Nobody bought it. I didn't buy it either because I wasn't sure that Wizards would send me a review copy, but apparently not.

So, no TEE for mee.
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Barnestorming- Seekers of a Hidden Light in Review, Evolution in Review, Splatoon 08 Jun 2015 09:38 #203498

I don't think it has anything to do with the quality of the product (which is really very high) or with D&DAS...I think it has more to do with the fact that the market is completely saturated with these kinds of games right now, especially the big $300 Kickstarter ones with 800 finely sculpted miniatures and whatnot. Back in 2010, 2011, 2012...that wasn't so much the case.

There is exponentially more redundancy, sameness and repetition in the games business today than their was when the whole Ameritrash thing was railing against those qualities in Eurogames. The kinds of mechanics are more repetitive than auctions ever were. "Thematic" games are more beat into the ground than oregano trading or whatever ever was.
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Barnestorming- Seekers of a Hidden Light in Review, Evolution in Review, Splatoon 08 Jun 2015 14:59 #203514

I bought TOEE after trading away Ravenloft years ago when it fell flat for me. This game is better, but not by a lot. Still you get your money's worth. The minis are well done and there's enough little decision points to say there's a game in the box, just not a terribly sophisticated, or for that matter, really challenging one.
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Barnestorming- Seekers of a Hidden Light in Review, Evolution in Review, Splatoon 08 Jun 2015 16:48 #203518

I look at it like this: It's an established system made by one of the biggest names out there, with huge marketing. Yet, despite all of these things in their favor and almost nothing interesting launching at Origins, they couldn't even give it away. 40$ for Temple of Elemental Evil? I mean, shit, that's cheaper than online.

Shit, I love the games and I probably won't buy it, despite it being my go-to for that kind of game.

Nope, this thing may tank harder than anyone would've expected it to, which is sad, because it means they won't make any more.
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Barnestorming- Seekers of a Hidden Light in Review, Evolution in Review, Splatoon 08 Jun 2015 20:54 #203522

It's also the 4th game in the system, so it's a bit of a known quantity. That's good, in some ways, but it doesn't jive with the current Kickstarter/preorder gamble that seems to be driving the most excitement recently. The Hotness is real.
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