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Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

Eclipse

So Eclipse is a game that I don’t own. Tom’s review of it is here:

However, the game has been converted to IPad. Current cost $7. I’ll review that game here. Just to give you the look and feel of the game, check out the intro… Very nicely done:

This is a ‘4x Game’. Which stands for: explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. The most common of these games, or the one that I’ve spent my time playing, is the classic game Civilization (Civ). Which, BTW, also has an IPad version of the game for the same cost.

Anyway to start, Eclipse has a nice tutorial, but you are going to need a copy of the rulebook. There is just not enough detail in the tutorial and I couldn’t easily find what I needed answered anywhere else. So downloading the boardgame rules helped a lot.

After that you will get the hang of it after a few quick games. It’s similar to ‘Civ’, but very different. Like Civ, you will need to start out exploring and expanding, the number of planets in this case, as you need to build up resources. This will allow you to build and customize (via science) your spaceships. Customizing your ships is by far the coolest part of the game. After that, it’s likely time to pick some fights against the other players which can be costly, so pick your fights well.

The game is a set number of rounds (9) and each round ends when all players agree (pass on their turn). You have that amount of time to get as many Victory Point as possible. You will get them via exploring, discovering science and the combat you were in during the game. Player with the most VPs win.

While combat is a big part of this game, this game has more of a Eurogame feel. Lots of resources to manage and combat on top of it.

If you watch Tom’s video, you will see this is a huge game. I could spend a lot of time talking rules. I think by watching these videos you can get a quick feel if this game is for you. If you like Civilization, you will like this game. There is however a lot more resource management than Civ and less focus on science tracks.

The IPad version is VERY well done from a programming point of view. Once you work thru the rules, and for a game of this size that’s just the nature of the beast, everything is laid out well and game play is quite enjoyable. The IA in the game holds its own so far as I’m learning better tactics before I get off ‘easy mode’.

I’ll leave you with one more video that shows more of the screens. If you would like a heavy 4x game, get this. It is slick app.

One minor strike against it, it really needs to use Game Center to setup online games. I’m still playing around with that feature, but it seems to be email based somehow (at least you need to supply one). I’ll fiddle around with that shortly using my wife’s IPad and mine, see how it works out and post a comment to this post below.

Edit: OK, it can use Game Center to setup Public\Private games but there is also an email option which is why it asks you for an email and password. Odd, but I guess the extra option is nice.

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Marvel Legendary

October 24, 2012 1 comment

First, sorry for the long time between posts. My work schedule has changed and I’m trying to figure out when I can do things in my life. I had to stay up until the middle of the night to post this. Partly because this looks cool and partly it will force me to figure out when to do this besides the middle of the night.

Check out this game:

Super Heros and Ascension? Yea, I’ll get this.

Hopefully it will do better than Marvel Heros.

Marvel Heros

Lots of cool ideas in this game, but the rules never really quite worked out. I want to give this game another spin however.

Anyway, I don’t pre-order many boardgames, but this might be the expection. I’m really pumped for this and hope it plays half as nice as Tom says (because he is usually overly positive).

Still, looks good. Art is good. I’m there.

Waiting for the Money Pit (Dominion by Donald X. Vaccarino)

Dominion by Donald X. Vaccarino

So Dominion is an excellent card game. It plays 2-4 players and up to 6 players if you buy some of the expansions. Here is a Tom Vasel’s review of it:

It takes a little bit to setup it up, but it’s a lot of fun and once you know the cards, the game can play quick (30 mins or less).

Now what about this app for Dominion? Well, if you read this thread you will see that this app is only a free app that will be pulled once the developers release the full app.

So when you look at the app, you can see why the app is a little ‘rough around the edges’ when you play it. No developer is going to put a lot of time into an app that’s going to get pulled. That said, it works well and allows 2 player multiplayer. It’s a great time filler right now when you have 5-10 mins to kill.

That said, Rio Grande Games said back in January that the official version of the game will be out in a few weeks. That was back in Jan 2012 and I’m still waiting.

Look, I understand as a developer, that deadlines can get missed, but missed by 4 months shouldn’t happen if the game is going to be out ‘in a few weeks’. Get this app done so I can give you my money please. 🙂

Until then, try and enjoy the free version.

Are you Ready for Ragnarok?

Yggdrasil

Is that a nice looking image or what?

Yggdrasil is a board game that I reviewed here. It is a nice multiplayer co-op game (i.e. The players work together to beat the game).

Now it’s out for IPad. The graphics are great just like the game itself and it plays really well. There are some unlockable characters, which is also cool.

The only downside to the game is the game is only ‘pass and play’, no playing over the internet yet. I hope that will change. It’s a little pricey at $6, but for board game fans it’s easily worth it. If they allow internet play it’s a Home Run. For now, it’s a solid triple and I’m sure to be playing it for hours.

Here is a repost to Tom Vasel’s review of the boardgame.

Yggdrasil

October 12, 2011 1 comment

Yea, I got my Xmas list ready baby!

The first game I’m going to get is Star Trek: Fleet Captains. Which I posted a video of here.

The other game I’m going to get is Yggdrasil. I played this once before while visiting a gaming group during a business trip. Here is a video review from Tom Vasel:

As the video points out it is similar to Pandemic in that it is a co-op game. Pandemic is a great game by the way if you don’t have it.

What’s nice about co-op games is that all the players are playing against the ‘game’. It allows for more interaction between the people at the table as you work together to win. Having games like this is great. The group can help new players along and players and come and go as needed from the table without worring about slowing up the game.

Based on my one play, it I didn’t think it was as good as Pandemic (not as deep for sure), but a solid game with some top rate art on the board.

If you don’t know of Pandemic, here you go:

Battlestar Galactica

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

So another game I’ve been playing a bit lately is Battlestar Galactica.

Battlestar Galactica

This is one of the best themed games around. It’s a long play. About 3 hours on average, more if you don’t know the rules. It’s helps if you have seen the re-themed TV show (shame on you if you haven’t), but it’s not required viewing to like the game.

Like the TV from the 70’s or the 00’s, robots (Cylons) decide to overthrow their human masters and do so. Only one military space ship survives (Galactica), but it is hopelessly outgunned. The Galactica gathers all the humans it can find on other ships and they run like hell to a new planet, but the Cylon’s give chase.

So you can see where the game is going. The players spend the game trying to run from the Cylon’s and find a new home before they run out of food, fuel, etc.

What makes the game is that the Cylons have learned how to make almost perfect looking human Cylons, and some of the human players are actually Cylons that are working against you. The human players are trying to find out who the Cylons are and the Cylons are trying to mess up the humans without being caught.

If you like a good themed game with a more complex ruleset than your average game, this one is highly recommended.

7 Wonders

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

One game I’ve been enjoying is 7 Wonders.

Overall, it’s a good game. You are trying to get the most points by playing cards. There are a number of ways to get points: By Building your Wonder, Armies, Science, etc.

The main trick is you get to play one card in your hand and then you pass your hand to the next person (as does everyone else). So you are trying to play the card that helps you the most and trying to make sure the person next to you doesn’t get passed a card he wants… and everyone else playing is doing the same.

The game moves quick. Maybe 45 mins if you have new players and 30 mins otherwise.

Here is the Dice Tower review of the game (you might want to skip to time 1:11 on the video, the start has some bad audio):

Overall, I like this game and agree a lot with these guys. It’s not a heavy game, but that’s OK and if you play it alot live or online, then it might get a little old. However, when the game plays this fast, I don’t find that to be an issue. It’s simple (a bit of a learning curve for new players who don’t play resource games) and quick.

I disagree that this game has no theme. It’s a CARD game, not a game with pieces. Each wonder does play a little differently. The cards look great and are well made. I think these guys are compairing it to heavier games and that’s not fair to 7 Wonders.