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Flashback Friday - Space Hulk - Love It or hate It? Do You Still Play It?

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09 Aug 2019 00:00 #300598 by ubarose
The first edition of Space Hulk was released by Games...

From the depths of space an ancient vessel drifts slowly towards the Imperium of Mankind - a space hulk. Within its confines, untold thousands of Genestealers slowly emerge from hibernation...

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09 Aug 2019 08:36 #300599 by hotseatgames
My friend picked up Space Hulk 3rd edition at Gen Con one year, after saying he was going to buy it for years. We assembled the minis, and have since played it... 4 times? That was 2015 I think.

I enjoy the game, but I think I'd rather play Deathwatch Overkill.
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09 Aug 2019 08:50 #300601 by Vysetron
Everyone should play Suicide Mission at least once. It's so good.
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09 Aug 2019 08:51 #300602 by charlest
I'm a big fan of the game and how it evokes the feel of Aliens. However, I'd much rather play Claustrophobia at this time which is simply faster and more interesting.
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09 Aug 2019 09:41 #300604 by Josh Look
It's still one of my absolute favorite games. Haven't played in a long while, but would do so in a heartbeat. Claustrophobia is also very good and abstracts things in some interesting ways, but it can't hit those moments of pure, visceral excitement that Space Hulk does.
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09 Aug 2019 10:13 #300605 by Shellhead
Space Hulk 3rd is good but not great, and I haven't really gotten my money's worth from it yet. The minis are great, the cardboard tiles are fantastic, and the overall production values are great. The gameplay is very solid, and it plays at a brisk pace in a reasonable time frame. However, there are only 12 scenarios, and they have limited replay value because each represents a tactical puzzle to be solved. Once solved, repeat plays offer modest variation strictly due to good or bad die rolls. The space marines are much more challenging to play than the genestealers, to the point where there might as well have been some solitaire rules included to automate genestealer movement. Dollar for dollar, Death Angel delivers the same theme and action at a much more reasonable price point, and with much greater replay value.
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09 Aug 2019 10:15 #300606 by drewcula
I bought Space Hulk 3rd Edition when a FLGS had a 15% off the entire store sale. 85 bucks. Then, I spent 200 bucks on paints & 4 painting classes at a GW brick and mortar. And then some more money for the Battle Foam...

I've played it six times. I really dig it. I just can't get it anyone else to really dig it.

Then I read MB's review of Claustrophobia on NHS. So I bought it (along with Earth Reborn). The wife and I play Claustrophobia once in a blue moon.

I suspect I'll keep both in collection. The new Claustrophobia? Still on the fence. Earth Reborn? It's getting closer and closer to the sell pile.
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09 Aug 2019 11:11 #300611 by fightcitymayor
I thought Incursion came close to being an improvement (Nazi zombies over Genestealers) but Space Hulk is still a worthwhile game. Amusing that GW's subsequent crush of boxed game products might be the biggest factor in it being knocked down the "all-time greatest games" list. It gets lost in the crush of whatever skirmish game GW sells that week, but it deserves a better fate.
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09 Aug 2019 12:21 - 09 Aug 2019 12:21 #300616 by ubarose
We have 3rd Edition. The Genestealers fall over a lot. I need to glue some pennies to their bases to fix that. I heard the problem was fixed in 4th edition.
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09 Aug 2019 13:05 #300618 by Sagrilarus

ubarose wrote: We have 3rd Edition. The Genestealers fall over a lot. I need to glue some pennies to their bases to fix that. I heard the problem was fixed in 4th edition.


We used goldfish and it worked well.
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09 Aug 2019 13:07 #300619 by quozl
I used to have 1st edition (I think). Played it a few times. It was pretty good but not great. Sold it off.

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09 Aug 2019 13:27 #300621 by dysjunct
It's a pretty good game, but 2-player games are almost impossible for me to fit into my nerd time these days -- my regular group is me plus three.
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09 Aug 2019 13:44 #300622 by Shellhead
One other problem with Space Hulk is that the setup time is lengthy compared to the play time. In theory, players are supposed to mitigate this and the imbalance between the sides by playing a scenario twice in a row, with players switching roles. But because each scenario is a tactical puzzle for the space marine player, it often feels like the space marine player in the second game has an unfair advantage.
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10 Aug 2019 08:26 #300629 by Msample
I only played the actual board game a couple times. But I played the hell out of the excellent iOS app ; alas it’s no longer current as of about 2-3 OS updates ago.

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10 Aug 2019 09:25 #300630 by jason10mm
I've yet to paint the minis but one day....one day. I played the crap out of one of the digital versions. SH is a keeper. Now Dread Fleet on the other hand, that's going on the sell pile.

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