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A Red Rising - Collector's Edition Board Game Review

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26 May 2022 10:00 #333296 by WadeMonnig
Take the Tyrion Lannister card: Alone he is worth 20...

The quick and dirty explanation of Red Rising is that you play a card, do it's deploy action and then pick up a different card and gain one of the games resources. A quick and dirty review of Red Rising would be that Stonemaier games really thought putting Fantasy Realms and the Red Rising Universe together would be cool. Neither of these quick and dirty's are particularly accurate. Red Rising is more than “Pick a card, Discard a card” but it is going to make me feel dirty for wanting to use the corporate buzz word “Synergy.”

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26 May 2022 13:24 #333297 by WadeMonnig
How anyone can say the Red Rising theme has no impact on their enjoyment of this game is beyond me. Any of the "collective consciousness" franchises I've mentioned in this review would have to sway the enjoyment/recognition factor.

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26 May 2022 14:04 #333302 by ubarose
Gosh. Until I read your review, I didn’t even know Red Rising was an IP.
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26 May 2022 16:51 #333304 by Ah_Pook
I read the first Red Rising book after playing this game and enjoyed it. It's very squarely in the YA dystopian future sci fi genre, but I liked it well enough. Its certainly not about having a good time, so much as it's about adolescents being put into a weird Battle Royale kind of situation for... Um... Sci fi reasons? Genre requirement reasons? I meant to read the second one but haven't gotten around to it.

Re the game, I think it's fine but I think Fantasy Realms is the same thing but just better. Adding the board and the additional rules and complications did not make the game better or more fun imo.
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26 May 2022 19:12 #333306 by Msample
An unknown IP coupled with a designer who has designed two games I hated.....an easy pass.
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26 May 2022 20:05 #333307 by WadeMonnig

Ah_Pook wrote: Its certainly not about having a good time, so much as it's about adolescents being put into a weird Battle Royale kind of situation for... Um... Sci fi reasons? Genre requirement reasons?

The lack of a sarcasm font failed me there. I listened to the first audio book after playing the game and thought that would be a funny way to sum up the review.
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26 May 2022 22:28 #333309 by WadeMonnig

Ah_Pook wrote: I think it's fine but I think Fantasy Realms is the same thing but just better. Adding the board and the additional rules and complications did not make the game better or more fun imo.

I was ready to dismiss the board as extra fluff with no impact but going over our tally sheets, it was apparent that the tracks can make a real impact on the scoring. I think it can help balance scorewise when the cards you want aren't coming out and you focus on the resources.

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