Android Netrunner - Fear The Masses

This is it! The final pack! Fear The Masses is probably not the most appropriate title given my country's affairs as of late, but it marks the end of a meta-changing cycle and gets us eager for the next one - though maybe a short break wouldn't hurt Fantasy Flight, you're working me to death here with these reviews, though having pulled the plug on Game of Thrones LCG recently, this should give me more time to enjoy Netrunner and Lord of the Rings more, my two LCG's of choice by far.

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Android Netrunner review on my site. If you want to see all the images for each card, I recommend you visit netrunnerdb.com and use their search engine.



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51st State Master Set Review - Which Is Better, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Once upon a time there was a card game called 51st State. Then came a revised version called Imperial Settlers. Then there was a card game called 51st State. . . wait, what? This was a confusing release for me. I had not played 51st State before but I own Imperial Settlers and enjoy it, though it's losing a little bit of its initial buzz for me mainly because it takes a while to play with more than 2 players sometimes. So to hear that the original was being re-released was unexpected. Surely you can't have two games so similar on the market? What does one offer that the other doesn't?

The new edition is a Master Set, containing cards from two expansions that have previously been included, though no major mechanic changes. You can select one of the two expansions to shuffle into the base set cards and that's pretty much it. Doesn't sound like a "Master Set" per say, at least not when compared to other games that have used that title such as Summoner Wars. Best find out what the story is and see where it all began by heading to Fallout 4, errr I mean The 51st State!



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Founding Fathers Review - Here Comes The Orator!

Wait a second? Luke from The Broken Meeple is going to review a game based on politics and history? Considering he wasn't a fan of Twilight Struggle? Yes, that is the case here and I'll give you a few minutes to whip up some popcorn if you like before I tackle the 2nd Edition reprint of Founding Fathers released in April 2016. Now I don't know what the first edition was like but I suspect that all that has changed is some cosmetic/component upgrades or very minor tweaks. Therefore I'm not doing a direct comparison as this is probably the only version you can reliably get these days anyway.

Why would I pick such a game though? Well you can blame Sam Healey for that. Yes, really! On some of The Dice Tower's older Top Ten lists, Founding Fathers has been mentioned a couple of times particularly with regards to strong theme and benefits to education. I'm not a teacher so the latter isn't important, but I'm a sucker for theme and I felt it was time that my collection attempted to gain a politically themed game - I'm like that, I like to fill in the niche's I'm missing though that does not mean I'm going to be adding an 18XX game in, nooooooooooo way!

Of course I take no interest in even British politics and I know nothing about the Constitution's history, but it's definitely one of the areas I'd be interested to know more about. The prospect of multi-use cards grabbed me by the neck and pulled me in regardless given that's one of my favourite mechanics in gaming And it allowed for more than two players. Definitely worth a look, so can it do it? Will my collection contain a political game? Here comes the Orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason. . .



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Android Mainframe Review – Abstracted Cybercrime

New guest post on Games Quest, check out my review of Android Mainframe, the new Netrunner based abstract game from Fantasy Flight.

Android Mainframe is set in the futuristic dystopian Android universe (think Blade Runner crossed with 1984) and unless I’m mistaken, this the fourth game in this setting. There was the complex Android, the not so popular Android: Infiltration and the amazing Living Card Game (if I do say so myselfAndroid: Netrunner all released by Fantasy Flight Games. One thing all of those games have in common is the strong theme. It’s such a vibrant universe, one that would actually suit a big screen in my opinion.
However there is a phrase used among gamers known as “pasted on theme”, which is the term used when a theme attached to a game is so light or so out of place that you could literally remove it entirely or replace it with another, and the game mechanics wouldn’t be affected. It doesn’t a bad game make, but it does raise a concern with me when I see it as it feels like a bait and switch (i.e. draw you in and reveal something different). Knowing in advance that Android Mainframe is advertised as an abstract game, this means it’s going to have to rely on something other than its theme to impress me.

http://www.gamesquest.co.uk/blog/android/





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Android Netrunner - The Liberated Mind Review

Two more to go for this cycle - who knows what's coming next? There's a new cycle on the way being previewed already, but as for a deluxe expansion? That's going to be an interesting one given that we've covered all the factions and then some now. Maybe some "mini-Corp" factions, that would be amusing. The Liberated Mind I can only describe as a. . . "unique" data pack so I suggest you get all "one with yourself" and all that and free your mind for this one.

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Android Netrunner review on my site. If you want to see all the images for each card, I recommend you visit netrunnerdb.com and use their search engine.




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Episode 45 - UK Games Expo Review

So soon after the previous episode? Well I can't preview the Expo and then not review can I? This is my summary of the games I played, the people I met and my Top 10 Experiences from the UK's biggest and best gaming convention!

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Marvel Legendary Secret Wars Review - What In The Multiverse Is Going On?

Oh Marvel Legendary, will you ever stop publishing expansions? Well I hope not because it's always great to have choice even if you don't like every one, but then saying that if they were to stop right now, I'd be content with what I have. Sentinels of the Multiverse announced the last expansion earlier in 2016 which of course makes me sad, but I know it will go out with a bang and let's face it when I'm sitting at my table with a signed Collector's box containing everything that's ever been released for Sentinels, I'll feel pretty content as well!

So we've had two boxes devoted to the new Secret Wars storyline which started last year, which involves a lot of dimensions colliding and all sorts of weird characters meeting up with each other and fighting, putting strange twists on the whole Marvel Universe in general. I've not read any of those comics so bare that in mind (though I have been tempted to give it a try), but I have it on good authority that it is one of the most confusing story arcs done by Marvel and that's saying something. However I'm certainly tempted to give them a read after using these cards and you'll hopefully see why later.

Now if you're reading this, you obviously know how to play Marvel Legendary so there aren't any rules explanations bar new traits to be found. This review is to give an impression of what it's like to use the content presented in these two boxes. And yes I'm going to cover both boxes in this review as they're too similar to write two separate articles about. That may or may not make this review twice as long though. . . .


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Game of Thrones - True Steel Review

So we now end the first Westeros cycle in Game of Thrones LCG 2nd Edition. Certainly didn't take long did it? And even though there's a long way to go in getting enough of a card pool to encounter some particularly varied deck builds, it's getting there, slowly but surely. So does the cycle end on a high note or will we be left pining for the next cycle to arrive. . . . . . which I'm sure won't take long given that it's already on the boat.

To repeat a previous disclaimer, I'm a casual player that enjoys the game and can hold my own in a local store tournament despite having much to learn myself. That's all. Take that for what its worth, but maybe that will allow me to consider combos and ideas that will be fun to use rather than simply dismissing anything that doesn't make a Tier 1 level deck or whatever! So that being said, let's start. You can already check out my Game of Thrones LCG review on my site. If you want to see all the images/text for each card, I recommend you visit thronesdb.com and use their search engine - far easier than me regurgitating it here.



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Episode 44 - UK Expo Preview

Just in time for you all to enjoy on your travels to the UK Expo this weekend, I cannot wait and I'm sure none of you in the UK can either! On today's show I give my first impressions of Shipyard and Keyflower followed by a discussion on what I'll be doing at the Expo and what you can look forward.
And then as a special treat, there is no Top Ten, but rather a personal interview with Henry Jasper, the founder of Grublin Games in Cornwall, UK to talk about his new design "Perfect Crime" being showcased at the Expo.
(Note that the recording was done on 31st May 2016 for timing and that editing multiple Audacity tracks together from Skype is INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT!!)

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