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Barnes on Games: Lift-Off in Review, Forbidden Stars, Victory Point Games stuff

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25 Jun 2015 18:00 #204957 by Michael Barnes

 So here's the review of Lift-Off, over in the Review Section. It's a fun game, but I have to admit that I'm disappointed that it isn't just a little more kid-friendly. It has enough "game" there, not to mention Euroglyphics, that keeps its more accessible qualities behind the hobbyist wall. Sort of like how Pompeii has all of that weird set-up and a two act structure. This one has a moon thing going on that I do not like that sort of interferes with the more simple (and more fun) semi-co-op elements of it. It does look really good, and if you like a little take that in the mix it's there. Overall not bad at all, and probably one to look at if you want to entertain some older kids or gamers that want something similar to Survive! but with a little more to consider.

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25 Jun 2015 23:17 #204958 by logopolys
No more trash culture and music and movies?

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25 Jun 2015 23:53 #204962 by Michael Barnes
I stopped watching movies and listening to music.

Not really. In the forums and occassionally on the front page. I wanted to get the thursday article/discussion focused back on games.

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26 Jun 2015 00:40 #204970 by VonTush
Sounds like a KS game...Goggled it and it was.
The box says 13+? The KS says 8+ and I wonder if it was to avoid the testing needed to put less than 13 on the box.

A game that was not on my radar and doesn't sound like it needs to be. Why is it so hard for a designer to practice some restraint? Sounded like it was a good concept and start but then someone got to tinkering.

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26 Jun 2015 02:28 - 26 Jun 2015 02:31 #204975 by DeletedUser
Michael, your comments regarding player counts in Forbidden Stars tallies with other reviews so even though you haven't played against other human opponents yet, your instincts would appear to be spot on. I've decided to hold off on FS for now and see what everyone is saying about it in twelve months. I don't really need another game in this bracket and the high price is cause for pause. I hope the combat doesn't turn out to be too convoluted, as that coupled with the price would be a deal-breaker for me. I look forward to your full review.
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26 Jun 2015 03:29 #204977 by ubarose
Too bad about lift off. It looks like a cute family game, but sounds like a bit of a mess. I also hate it when designers can't make a decision and deal with it by adding a bunch of variants.

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26 Jun 2015 08:28 #204987 by charlest
You ever play Zulus on the Ramparts? That remains my favorite VPG release.

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27 Jun 2015 23:03 #205047 by Sevej
I really like that FS really has little component outside what's on the board. That's a huge plus for me, especially when compared to Rune Wars.

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