Etherfields by Awaken Realms Kickstarter Launched

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Etherfields by Awaken Realms Kickstarter

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July 16, 2019
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August 06, 2019
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Etherfields is a new major miniature Board Game by Awaken Realms the publishers of This War of Mine, Lords of Hellas, and Tainted Grail.

They are calling this totally different board game experience a Dream Crawler – you will dive into surreal and artistically crafted world and follow one of a kind co-op / solo campaign adventure for 1-4 players. Everything you do will change the strange rhythm of the Etherfields dream world, where even the wildest fantasy is possible. 

Designed by  Michał Oracz (This War of Mine, Neuroshima Hex), Etherfields will test not only your logical skills but also your intuition, deduction, and emotional intelligence. Develop your character from scratch using advanced deck-building, travel through the dream-world map and delve deeper into chosen locations.

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ubarose replied the topic: #299697 16 Jul 2019 13:10
I'm really tempted by this. It looks really cool. I like that it is kind of like a dungeon crawl, but it seems to be set in modern times. It starts in a car. There seems to also be a escape room puzzle type thing going on as well.
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dysjunct replied the topic: #299701 16 Jul 2019 13:43
The theme looks great, as does its publisher/designer pedigree, but $92.... :S
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #299704 16 Jul 2019 14:00
Hrm. I love Oracz games. Two of my favorites (Theseus and Neuroshima Hex) are his designs. In theory, I like the theme because it has a lot of that genre mixture/Lovecraft/realm beyond worlds thing going on.

But I wonder how much of that gets delivered in the gameplay. Is it an interesting series of choices or simply a puzzle-solving exercise? The original release of Mansions of Madness was the perfect example of this: the puzzles were basic mechanisms that took little to no effort to solve. The rest of the game was just a dungeon crawler that urged you to maximize combat efficiency.

I'm not fond of co-ops. I have issues with storytelling games because too often they don't have a lot of replayability if you run into the same events, time after time. Combining the two makes something that I have a hard time seeing myself enjoying after a couple plays. And, of course, as dysjunct has said, the asking price is kind of irritating, as well, which is a significant concern if replayability is a factor. Dune is going to be sold for $50 next month. Are you sure you're going to get a better experience and as many plays out of this as Dune for almost twice the price? Or three times the price if you want all the minis? Plus, I'm finding myself almost done with Kickstarter projects, ESPECIALLY those that have bonuses linked to how quickly people jump on the wagon. They're basically marketing to people hovering over KS, waiting to throw money down a hole, but whom still won't pay a dime for anyone writing here or Vasel or Rahdo or whoever. (Tangent: there was another thread on Reddit this morning about the perfidy of people taking money for reviews and who won't entertain/inform everyone for free.) Is the board game "hobby" now made up of people who got on board in the first 24 hours and those who didn't? Is that how status is defined now?

I love Oracz, but I think I'll pass.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #299705 16 Jul 2019 15:10
I’m also a big Oracz fan, but the games I love by him are small and very, VERY abstract and show a great deal of restraint. I saw this awhile back but immediately decided I want to see how it pans out. This looks bigger both in terms of production and design, which may not be a good representation of what I like about his games.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #299711 16 Jul 2019 16:50
I don’t know, I got exhausted looking at the “comes with everything you see here” photo.

Especially since there will likely be twice as much parceled out in additional purchases.
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ubarose replied the topic: #299714 16 Jul 2019 17:10
From what I have seen, it looks like a cross between 7th Continent and the Arkham Horror Card Game to me. You explore and flip map cards (all those square cards in the picture). Each player has their own deck of cards and draws up a hand every turn and uses them to take actions and do things.

It comes with 30 scenarios, or something like that, so I suspect they are showing all the stuff from all the scenarios in that picture,.
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Shellhead replied the topic: #299715 16 Jul 2019 17:20
That box art is fantastic. The FOMO is strong in this one, but thanks to the word "deckbuilder," this is an easy pass for me. Outside of a couple of sports-themed games (Slapshot and Blood Bowl Team Manager), deckbuilders seem to always result in thematic failure.
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jay718 replied the topic: #299716 16 Jul 2019 18:01
I think imma give this one a shot, looks real cool. Not springing for the extra minis though...
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hotseatgames replied the topic: #299732 17 Jul 2019 09:02
Oracz is my favorite designer. I even had my finger hovering over spending $500 on Dawnfall at one point. (I didn't...)

But while this looks neat, I know there's no way I have room in my life for some 50 hour campaign game. I like Michal's strategy games; you play, it's done and it was great. Play again!
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Vysetron replied the topic: #299734 17 Jul 2019 09:06
It's so far removed from the Oracz games I like that I can barely even process it. Watched some gameplay before the KS hit and all it did was confuse me.

Frankly I just don't believe that board games can tell the kind of story that this claims to do. You're not going to test someone's emotional intelligence by flipping a card.
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charlest replied the topic: #299737 17 Jul 2019 09:19
[Edit -this is why you shouldn't post too early, thanks for the clarifications Mark]

I'm a sucker for most of what Awaken Realms puts out. I love Lords of Hellas. I'm still waiting on Nemesis but multiple people have recommended it to me and it sounds like I will dig it.

Dawnfall was too much and competed too directly with Shadespire for me to commit, unfortunately.

I'm in for this one and also backed Tainted Grail (I didn't grab the unnecessary miniatures pack for either).
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hotseatgames replied the topic: #299738 17 Jul 2019 09:58
Charlie, you are mixing up Monolith and Awaken Realms. Here's a handy guide:

Ridiculous, bloated Kickstarters: BOTH
Amazing sculpts: Awaken Realms
Actually good games behind the ridiculousness: Awaken Realms
Solely exists on FOMO: Monolith
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charlest replied the topic: #299742 17 Jul 2019 10:54
It's funny because I actually am aware of the differences between the two, but combine it being early and trying to multi-task between this and finishing up a project at work, and well, that's a major fuck-up of a post. I corrected it.

I do agree that Awaken Realms is better than Monolith.
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #299746 17 Jul 2019 11:39
See, even the fans can’t tell these games apart anymore. HIYO!
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ubarose replied the topic: #299748 17 Jul 2019 11:45
I always get Monolith and Kolossal mixed up - because both names translate to "big" in my mind.
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Frohike replied the topic: #299894 20 Jul 2019 18:08
I immediately liked the "7th Continent on acid" vibe and I enjoy Oracz's sometimes obtuse or unusual pairing of abstraction & narrative. I think curiosity alone is going to win me over on this one.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #299895 20 Jul 2019 18:15
This is completely not my thing and then you say "Oracz" and suddenly I'm much more interested.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #299896 20 Jul 2019 18:42
Am I the only one who thought of Nine Princes in Amber when they read the promo text? Sounds like Roger Zelazny to me.
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Shellhead replied the topic: #299904 21 Jul 2019 16:49
Yeah, I briefly flashed on the opening scene of Nine Princes, then settled on Zelazny's earlier work, The Dream Master.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #299916 22 Jul 2019 08:44
It just floors me that this thing is funded for $3,000,000, especially when the strike price is $147 apiece, not including shipping. The hobby has been changed forever by Kickstarter, 'cause there's no way they would have gone after even a 5,000 unit print run of this with a more traditional approach to sales and distribution.