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Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps

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20 Feb 2019 13:24 #292755 by ubarose
Players can play up to six different missions, taking them...

Aliens is a co‑operative survival boardgame where you and your team of specialist Colonial Marines will gear up with serious firepower and head into Hadley's Hope to find survivors and answers. But you're not alone. To survive, you'll need to work together, keep your cool, and stay frosty to fight off relentless Xenomorph ambushes and get out of there alive.

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20 Feb 2019 14:44 #292756 by Msample
The genre and IP may be tired, but if anyone can pull it off it's GF9. Color me interested.
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20 Feb 2019 14:53 #292759 by charlest

Msample wrote: The genre and IP may be tired, but if anyone can pull it off it's GF9. Color me interested.


I don't think we can give GF9 the benefit of the doubt anymore, their entire design team left to form Monster Fight Club. The designer of this game , Andrew Haught, was responsible for their Dr. Who game (which had mixed reactions here and mostly ratings of mediocre eslewhere).
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20 Feb 2019 14:59 #292760 by ubarose
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What is Monster Fight Club working on, do you know?

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20 Feb 2019 14:59 #292761 by Vysetron
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20 Feb 2019 15:14 #292766 by charlest
Yeah, they just unveiled that at New York Toy Fair. I think they've also hinted at some kind of miniatures game with a fantasy theme, but that was only a single promo shot recently.
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21 Feb 2019 08:09 #292806 by Jackwraith

charlest wrote: I don't think we can give GF9 the benefit of the doubt anymore, their entire design team left to form Monster Fight Club. The designer of this game , Andrew Haught, was responsible for their Dr. Who game (which had mixed reactions here and mostly ratings of mediocre eslewhere).


Not trying to split hairs because it's a valid point, but it wasn't the whole design team, right? IIRC, it was Kovaleski, the founder, their officer manager, and (the most important part) Aaron Dill, who was lead on Spartacus, Firefly, and Star Trek: Ascendancy. Dill is obviously the key there, since those are probably GF9's best releases, but I don't think the studio was totally gutted.

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21 Feb 2019 08:33 - 21 Feb 2019 08:35 #292808 by Josh Look
I’m still curious about this, but not like I was when it was announced a year ago. I think the main force driving my interest at this point is whether or not GF9 can rebound. The Doctor Who game was a misstep, but the real trouble started in Firefly Adventures, a fine game with cool ideas, but it’s in desperate need of an editor and feels like development was abandoned somewhere in the homestretch. I’m not hearing terrific things about Vault of Dragons, either.
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21 Feb 2019 08:45 - 21 Feb 2019 08:46 #292809 by charlest

Jackwraith wrote:

charlest wrote: I don't think we can give GF9 the benefit of the doubt anymore, their entire design team left to form Monster Fight Club. The designer of this game , Andrew Haught, was responsible for their Dr. Who game (which had mixed reactions here and mostly ratings of mediocre eslewhere).


Not trying to split hairs because it's a valid point, but it wasn't the whole design team, right? IIRC, it was Kovaleski, the founder, their officer manager, and (the most important part) Aaron Dill, who was lead on Spartacus, Firefly, and Star Trek: Ascendancy. Dill is obviously the key there, since those are probably GF9's best releases, but I don't think the studio was totally gutted.


If you look at the design credits on all of their games of the past (besides Dr. Who), Kovaleski, Dill, and Sweigart are the listed designers. Sweigart passed away, and Dill and Kovaleski have left as you noted.

Peter Przekop is the other person who left. He handled PR, demos, kind of jack of all trades. He also handled playtesting (he was lead on that) and wrote their rulebooks I believe.

I'm sure there's some behind the scenes people that were there before still plugging away, but I hardly think that should breed confidence. The trio of designers for all of their hits are gone.

I'm still excited for this game by the way and not trying to be overly negative, I'm just issuing caution.
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21 Feb 2019 09:35 #292814 by Shellhead
Gale Force Nine hasn't been the same since Sweigart died.
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21 Feb 2019 10:01 - 21 Feb 2019 10:03 #292817 by WadeMonnig

Josh Look wrote: I’m still curious about this, but not like I was when it was announced a year ago. I think the main force driving my interest at this point is whether or not GF9 can rebound. The Doctor Who game was a misstep, but the real trouble started in Firefly Adventures, a fine game with cool ideas, but it’s in desperate need of an editor and feels like development was abandoned somewhere in the homestretch. I’m not hearing terrific things about Vault of Dragons, either.

I'm going to make some assumptions here, so don't take this as gospel. When Brigands and Browncoats was announced, they said there were other ideas kick around for firefly: The game and this was one of them. Swiegart is listed as a designer on the bgg page for this. So, maybe they took his unfinished ideas and made this game. It would explain a lot.
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21 Feb 2019 10:28 #292822 by Shellhead
I think that both the Doctor Who and Firefly Adventures games were works in progress when Sweigart died. That seems like the turning point in terms of quality.

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21 Feb 2019 10:39 #292824 by Sagrilarus
Is someone credited as Developer? The more I look the more I find that that's the role that seems to be critical to success on bigger games. A good developer herds the ideas, and points out the problems before they go to press.

I think I've only played one Gale Force 9 game -- Firefly -- and not with all the expansions. Seemed like a very good time to me. But I sure ain't an expert on their stuff.
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21 Feb 2019 10:57 #292828 by charlest

Shellhead wrote: I think that both the Doctor Who and Firefly Adventures games were works in progress when Sweigart died. That seems like the turning point in terms of quality.


Unless I'm mistaken, Sweigart (and the other designers) had nothing to do with Doctor Who. They're not credited and it looks like they never worked on it.

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21 Feb 2019 11:03 #292829 by hotseatgames
While I know very little about this game, I suspect it will have a hard time beating Nemesis at its own game.

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