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Did anyone else pick this up at the UK Games Expo?



(this is some hard satire right here)
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Colour By Numbers

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I like to play ‘red’ but, when in North Wales, young Daffydd managed to snatch the red pieces the first time we played a game together and (ever since) I have nobly deferred to his preference. Smudge must always play green, if green is an option, on pain of picking someone else’s pieces up instead of her (non-green) own. Boffo couldn’t give a bugger’s stuff but will take on a more Patrician-y air should he be gifted purple.

Games like Scythe throw such comfort blankets to the wind; wilfully tying asymmetric powers to specific hues raises one’s hackles, muddles decision making and provokes tics, fidgets and twitches. Of course, not everyone suffers from this affliction: the colour-blind rejoice in their simpler visual world and, without rancour, choose between the ‘grey’ pieces, the ‘differently-grey’ pieces and the ‘brown’ ones.

What's your experience?

I feel a poll coming on...

Poll: Colour by Numbers
1. Which colour would you prefer to play?
Red
Green
Yellow
Blue
Purple
Black
White
Pink
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too!
2. Talking of colours...is it "colours" or "colors"?
Colors
Colours
I demand to know under the new GDPR rules what you intend to do with this information?!
3. If someone snatches the pieces of your preferred colour* before you get the chance, what is the acceptable next course of action?
*this is the correct spelling, of course
Simply chuckle and select an alternative colour?
Produce your own personalized set of pieces from your bag instead?
Ask for the return of the pieces / try and strike up a pre-game bargain?
Snatch them back (accompanied by an audible 'tut!')?
Break your chair, set fire to the game board and throw a small child at your opponents?
4. Should player colour selection always be randomised to put a stop to this obsessive bullshine?
Yes!
No!
Er, I think you'll find there's a 'z' in randomized actually?!
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(and, yes, I know there's only one 'L' in syphalitic but I was on a plane)
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Hot off the announcement of Mayfair/Lookout/Mayout/Lookfair/whatever being acquired by Asmodee comes the announcement that - in a fit of over-exuberance and mis-filed paperwork, Asmodee has accidentally acquired itself:



The impact on the rest of the industry is, as yet, unknown...
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(ie. anything about having to "clear" purchases with 'the missus' in advance,
having to smuggle boxes in to the house secretly so your partner doesn't notice,
obfuscating Bank statement transactions and/or
'hilariously' being told off for having too many games etc)
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Ludocide!

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(Today's blog is brought to you from Shite Games and their new Party Game for Christmas: Just a Cotton-Pickin Minute! The Game of Half-Baked Arguments! In HBA, players draw subject cards and must speak on the side of that subject for 60 seconds while avoiding stringing together an even slightly-coherent/salient point; those that do can be 'buzzed out' and the subject taken over by the buzzer!)

We Are Murderers!



For a community that professes to be enthusiastic, appreciative, supportive and loyal, we are killing our hobby
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We’re killing games before we play them:

Hype Hypertension: The "I Am Not A Sheep" Excuse
"I'll be damned if I'm gonna jump on the bandwagon with everyone else; I'm a leader not a follower!".
The sheer nose-severing/face-spitedness of this buffoonish position is breath-taking; it's perfectly fine to be part of a wider community of appreciation. Stop being an elitist prick.

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Hype Hypertension: The Irritable Buyer Syndrome
The ubiquity of a game on Social Media/the Internets begins to grind your gears; it's everywhere and all of the time and you shall not stand for it.
Over-saturation can be a turn-off, yes, but – conversely - the howl of indignation is equally loud when great games are under-sold and become hard to get hold of; is there a happy medium? “No” is the quick, easy answer, so stop getting quite so ragged.

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Hype Hypertension: The Upside Down
If so many people are saying it's great then it must be, in fact, the opposite! This is because the rest of the community is on a singular mission to dupe their fellows and me, in particular!
We’ve all got a lot more on, to be honest.

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”I don't like the presentation/artwork/design aesthetic!”.
Liver casserole looks revolting but tastes like Heaven; {Insert Name of Miniature-Heavy Kickstarter GeekPorn Here} looks like a million dollars but is, in fact, a foetid pool of lumpen arse-gravy. And just because Aquasphere looks like a vomit splat doesn’t mean it’s nauseating (not when the mechanisms and processes themselves do that instead).

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*whine* *whinge* "They’re too expensive!" *grumble* *moan*
What you mean to say is “They cost more than I’m willing to pay”, which is a different thing entirely.

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"Wahh! Kickstarter is destroying the industry!"
No. It's. Not.

We’re killing games while we play them:

The rulebook is either too big, too small, too brief, too long-winded or just 'bad' (no further justification is given); the tsunami of 'rules clarification' threads on BGG is further evidence of a general malaise in game literature.
Opinions about rulebooks (and the thread issue) is, in fact, clear evidence of a growing laziness in gamers to read the paperwork in front of them and then blame anyone and everyone else when it all goes ‘tits’. It gets even worse when threads are started to clarify rules that were previously-clarified in other threads that, in turn, pointed to a perfectly clear section of the original rulebook.

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It's explained poorly and/or incompletely by your game teacher; we don’t play the game as designed and/or we just all play it wrong.
We should rely less on ‘teachers’ and do more research/background reading ourselves. Just because ‘Person X’ neglected to explain the Science rules in 7 Wonders doesn’t make 7 Wonders an appalling failure of a game (a purely-hypothetical example). Oh, and it's YOUR fault if you miss/miss-play/mis-read a rule and no-one elses PERIOD.

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I don't grasp the intentions/subtleties/mechanisms immediately (or at all); if I can't grok everything the first time around then, frankly, I must move on...
Not everything is – or should be – immediately apparent. A banquet is more delicious served in courses than in one, huge, table-groaning dump.

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I didn’t win the first play so I don't like it (for extra points add "It must be broken", "It's a game of total luck" and/or "The icons are unclear").
Grow the fuck up and stop sulking, you big baby.

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I have other things on my mind so I am not giving it my full attention.
Give it your full attention NEXT TIME...and that means accepting you are at fault (and not the game) and giving it a next time!

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We’re killing games AFTER we play them:

Great reviews of Terrible Games
(cue: the sound of cash tills a-ringin')

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Terrible reviews of Great Games
(see all the reasons above)

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Standalone unboxing videos
(?Why?)

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I Rest (In Peace) My Case.
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18ELC - Train games just got HARD!

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Follow me as I unbox and, then, try to make sense of my newest train game acquisition!

Part 1:
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Part 2:
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Part 3:
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(apologies for the orientation; I remain befuddled by modern technology)


"Phew!" is all I can say, frankly; I'm not convinced this 18XX lark is really for me. I'm glad I tried it, though - better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all etc.
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