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Shadows of Malice Review (2015)

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30 Jul 2019 00:00 #300274 by Michael Barnes
I originally wrote this review 4 years ago for my...

One of the best games of recent years- my original review from 2015.

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30 Jul 2019 13:24 #300275 by fightcitymayor
It feels like Shadows Of Malice was one of the last truly buzzworthy underground games to achieve popularity prior to the annoying drunk uncle known as Kickstarter breaking down the door and ruining everything by shouting about all of his friends, stumbling over the cat, and throwing plastic minis in everyone's faces whilst belching loudly.
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30 Jul 2019 14:21 #300276 by Michael Barnes
Yet ironically, this is exactly the kind of game that fits exactly into the ideal of what a Kickstarter game -should- be. A risky, limited appeal and more artful design than what the mainstream publishers want to put out, supported by a small group of people that want to see more challenging and marginal games published.

Yet Jim didn’t crowdfund this. He staked his own money on it and delivered a successful product, establishing his name as a designer to watch and Devious Weasel as a publisher of note.
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30 Jul 2019 15:47 #300277 by fightcitymayor

Michael Barnes wrote: Yet ironically, this is exactly the kind of game that fits exactly into the ideal of what a Kickstarter game -should- be. A risky, limited appeal and more artful design than what the mainstream publishers want to put out, supported by a small group of people that want to see more challenging and marginal games published.

Agreed.
Somewhere there is an alternate timeline where the success of Shadows Of Malice resulted in a very different Kickstarter producing very different games.

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30 Jul 2019 18:51 #300279 by Gary Sax
I pulled it out last year. It's clunky and extremely wristy but just as good as when I bought it. Need to play it more.

I am not sure what the status is, but I'm very interested in Jim's updated set of rules to put in my box and play, especially if it fixes a few little niggles about the game.
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03 Oct 2019 10:50 #302167 by xthexlo
The revised second printing should hit the street in late October, about 3 weeks from now.
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