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Gargoyles: Awakening Board Game Announced

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August 01, 2021
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Battle villains on a 3D cityscape board of Manhattan.

Disney Gargoyles: Awakening Board Game is a fully cooperative, scenario based, board game in which platers take on the role of one of six characters - Goliath, Brooklyn, Lexington, Broadway, Hudson, or Detective Elisa Maza - from the populat TV series "Gargoyles." The game includes four exciting scenarios, each with thier own objectives and unique challenges - “Reawakening,”  “Temptation and Magic,” “Information Warfare,” and “Battle with the Steel Clan.”

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ubarose replied the topic: #319537 23 Feb 2021 16:54
So, it looks like folks are pretty psyched for this one.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #319539 23 Feb 2021 17:15
I am!

Gotta say though, I'm just as excited about their Alien game that also got announced. I know the hobby isn't hurting for Aliens games, but there's something about seeing an ALIEN (not Aliens) game, with the license, that gets me pumped.
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #319542 23 Feb 2021 17:24
I never got into Gargoyles, so I'm kind of oblivious to that one, but am certainly more interested in the Alien game. What bugs me about both of them is that they're co-ops, which is normally a huge strike against in my interest level.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #319544 23 Feb 2021 17:39

Jackwraith wrote: I never got into Gargoyles, so I'm kind of oblivious to that one, but am certainly more interested in the Alien game. What bugs me about both of them is that their co-ops, which is normally a huge strike against in my interest level.


Same, but I'm at the point where I will pick games up if I think my brother would like them. He's not a board gamer, but he's entirely the audience for stuff like this and the Prospero Hall games. Above average mass market games with fun IPs and the care put into the design that they deserve. Plus, he loves coops. He won't buy them himself, but he'll always request at least one when he's over (under normal circumstances, of course).
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Disgustipater replied the topic: #319545 23 Feb 2021 17:51
I loved this show as a kid. Not a big fan of co-ops though. Depending on how it plays, maybe I could get away with bringing it out when my wife has a friend or two over who are light gamers.

I did find it funny that you can play as one of five gargoyles or...a human.
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #319554 23 Feb 2021 20:47

Josh Look wrote: Plus, he loves coops. He won't buy them himself, but he'll always request at least one when he's over (under normal circumstances, of course).


I wonder if I'm missing out sometimes, since it does seem like a huge (and growing) segment of the market these days. I did always enjoy our plays of Arkham Horror, 2nd Ed. and I really like Spirit Island (one of two co-ops that are in the house.) But the rest of them tend to leave me cold. I remember trying Pandemic: Rome a couple years ago. I detest Pandemic (including the real one) but thought it looked a little more complex and it had Rome, so... Two turns in, I wanted it to be over.

Disgustipater, I noticed a number of people on Twitter asking for this or that favorite character. so it definitely has room to expand if they choose to go that way.
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charlest replied the topic: #319565 24 Feb 2021 00:13
I loved Gargoyles as a kid, totally into this.

I'm with you Josh on also looking forward to the Alien game. It sounds very similar to Camp Grizzly honestly, and I'm hoping it measures up.
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ubarose replied the topic: #319568 24 Feb 2021 00:20
I like coops, but I don’t like Pandemic. A good coop requires creative problem solving where no one player holds all the pieces the puzzle, risk and sacrifice.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #319576 24 Feb 2021 07:42

ubarose wrote: I like coops, but I don’t like Pandemic. A good coop requires creative problem solving where no one player holds all the pieces the puzzle, risk and sacrifice.


All of this, but for me it's now essential that the difficulty doesn't somewhere peter out once you "get ahead of the curve." Pandemic-likes and even stuff like the later Legendary games start off being really hard, you try to keep the difficulty from spiraling out of control while you get your legs under you, and if you can do that in time, the rest of the game just falls into place in your favor. That's kind of anticlimactic to me. Or, if you can't get beefed up, the game just gets harder and that's not fun either.

We've seen a number of better ways to do it lately, with having the difficulty spike at scheduled moments or tied to your most powerful options or crossing milestones. The "slippery slope" has always been a turn off for me, but with better handling of difficulty in co-ops out there these days, it's completely unpalatable to me now.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #319584 24 Feb 2021 10:08

ubarose wrote: I like coops, but I don’t like Pandemic. A good coop requires creative problem solving where no one player holds all the pieces the puzzle, risk and sacrifice.


Great comment. Pandemic and Spirit Island are superficially very similar games, but Spirit Island gives each player tons of ways to creatively play their power and provides way too much info to quarterback. Guess which one I like better!

I respect it, but I've just played too much pandemic to be excited about playing any new guise of it.
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Josh Look replied the topic: #319586 24 Feb 2021 10:16
Spirit Island is my favorite coop.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #319593 24 Feb 2021 10:34
Hell yeah! You're talking to half of the married couple who just passed 80 plays a week ago. Endless, incredibly well designed, variety.
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ubarose replied the topic: #319649 24 Feb 2021 19:22
FYI, just updated. The designer for this is Nate Heiss.