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It Came From the Tabletop! - Star Wars: Outer Rim and War Chest

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23 Jul 2019 00:00 #299959 by Josh Look
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A Star Wars pick up and deliver game, an abstract bag building game, the story of how Josh and Al met and the beginning and end of the "relating games to albums era," all in one episode!  Punch it, Chewie!

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23 Jul 2019 09:13 #299960 by Josh Look
Also, thanks to Legomancer for the in-joke that fueled this episode!

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23 Jul 2019 15:47 #299971 by Vysetron
Tell me calling Xia "euro" was another in-joke, because that's the most baffling thing I've heard in minutes. You roll for literally everything!

War Chest is super rad and it's getting an expansion soon! I give the edge to Root for "best of year" awards but they're so different from each other that that doesn't mean anything. I need to play it more.
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23 Jul 2019 16:14 - 23 Jul 2019 16:52 #299973 by Josh Look
It’s far from Euro, but it did strike me as dry and bland. I should said that it feels like the “smartest” pick up and deliver game around, but Euro is what came out of my mouth. Also, in comparison to something like Firefly or even M&M, which feel more like pure AT games, felt like more of a hybrid to me. One of those slip ups you make in podcasting but can’t really go back and fix what you were trying to say without cutting the whole bit out, which I also didn’t want to do. But yeah that game does nothing for me.

Optimization and efficiency is the heart of any game in the genre, which is what Xia is all about, but for what ever reason there was nothing else in it that really hooked me or drew me in. I dunno, the generic space pirate/merchant thing did not click with me. I’ve only played it once and maybe I need to try it again, but I haven’t felt much desire to revisit it.
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24 Jul 2019 00:05 #299984 by Gary Sax
Enjoyed the ep. Was kind of shocked to hear how much uba liked Outer Rim!

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24 Jul 2019 01:16 #299986 by ubarose

Gary Sax wrote: Was kind of shocked to hear how much uba liked Outer Rim!


Why? I love Merchants of Venus and Talisman. Outer Rim is the perfect melding of the two.
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24 Jul 2019 07:39 #299990 by Josh Look
It’s a much better game than early reviewers have said.

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24 Jul 2019 08:57 - 24 Jul 2019 09:02 #299991 by charlest

Josh Look wrote: It’s a much better game than early reviewers have said.


Nah.

And I would say Xia is one of the adventure games least focused on efficiency. I mean, you score a VP for rolling a 20, can blow up mining, it rewards you for player combat, can blind jump into the sun, you roll for movement, etc.

Anyone who's invested in carefully planning out their turn and maximizing actions will flip the table.
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24 Jul 2019 09:44 #299992 by Josh Look

charlest wrote:

Josh Look wrote: It’s a much better game than early reviewers have said.


Nah.


I know three people who severely disagree.

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24 Jul 2019 09:53 #299993 by charlest

Josh Look wrote:

charlest wrote:

Josh Look wrote: It’s a much better game than early reviewers have said.


Nah.


I know three people who severely disagree.


Sure, I play with other people too.

One guy was anticipating this game more than any other this year and was hoping I wouldn't like it, as I'd likely just give it to him. By the end of our first play he removed it from his wishlist and was very disappointed.

Your taste probably perplexes me the most on TWBG Josh (I'm sure people may say the same about my own, though). I feel there are things we strongly agree upon, but then there are several games that we are so wildly divergent it's difficult to grasp.

Not trying to be a dick or anything, just returning your jab at "early reviewers" with my own poke.
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24 Jul 2019 09:55 - 24 Jul 2019 09:56 #299994 by Josh Look
The early reviewer I had in mind was Man vs Meeple. Though, to call the hack job they did on the game a review is being generous.
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24 Jul 2019 10:23 #299995 by Vysetron
To call anything Man vs Meeple does a review is being kind. Really well produced commercials though. I see why they get paid The Big Bucks.
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24 Jul 2019 11:42 #299996 by Gary Sax
Josh perplexes me too wrt my personal taste! But then I have weirdly similar taste to charlest. The pod still totally works for me, fwiw, this is not a criticism of the material.
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24 Jul 2019 12:09 #299998 by Josh Look

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24 Jul 2019 13:10 #300002 by WadeMonnig
I can't get over Shellie not liking Inis ;)
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