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The Sietch on the Borderlands- Arrakis: Dawn of the Fremen Review

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14 Jul 2022 14:06 #334239 by Michael Barnes
In 1982 EON (the groundbreaking design team of Olotka, Kitteredge,...

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14 Jul 2022 16:30 #334240 by hotseatgames
Great review! I'm interested in this one. Sadly, I can't even remember the last time I actually got 4 players to the table.

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14 Jul 2022 18:35 #334243 by Jackwraith
Agreed. Solid work on this one. I never played the original Borderlands, so it's intriguing. However, I also know that it would be a difficult sell to most of my regular groups. I've managed to get them to play mild negotiation games like Rising Sun and have pushed the idea forward in sessions of Oath, but there's been some friction when I try to take it past that. Our one attempt at New Angeles didn't go well, for example. (I still have it because I love the setting and like the game.) So, I'm tempted but think I'll stay in the sietch for a while on this one. Don't need anything new on the shelf these days, anyway.
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14 Jul 2022 18:58 #334244 by charlest
Still need to get a few plays of this in and review it myself. Other stuff blocking it at the moment but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

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14 Jul 2022 19:47 #334246 by Michael Barnes
Yeah, I hear y’all- this is not an easy game to table. It’s not overly complicated or excessively long but it actually kind of requires a different skill set than most modern designs. But it is coming into a space where it is going up against stuff like rising Sun as Jackwraith mentioned and those other Eric Lang area control games. It’s so interactive and everything is so codependent on shared space and mutual agreements, someone coming to this even from recent area control games might be shocked at how much you’ve got to -talk- in this game.

It really is a “playable” Diplomacy in a lot of ways, but it’s not hot garbage like that influential but awful game is. It’s also close to Catan in ways, I’ve heard Teuber didn’t know the design but there is a clear through line…and given that Catan is now out of favor somehow…

But I do think EON disciples, Duneaholics, and those interested in mechanisms other than drafting and action selection will find much of interest.
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15 Jul 2022 19:53 #334279 by WadeMonnig
Dune has hit peak Star Wars where I can't keep track of which game is which.
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19 Jul 2022 12:06 #334328 by Mantuanwar
You have totally sold it to me Michael. Never owned Borderlands or played it, though aware of it in the 80s when I got into Dune and Cosmic Encounter. Got a little interested when Gearworld came out, but the theme did nothing for me.
Now I find myself a sucker for all things Dune, and my enthusiasm and admiration for all things EON is also riding high. Their influence on a wide spread of games post-1977 is incalculable. So I am in!
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