“Flash in the pan” Games

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What are some games that had a lot of excitement initially that now you don’t hear anything about any more? Why do you think they’ve gone off the radar? Did any of them deserve the hype they got initially?

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7 months ago

No game fits this description better than #Dreadfleet 

It was a mysterious game Games Workshop had developed and they put it out with a wall of "limited time only, get before its gone" hype. With stores mentioning on facebook on day 1 a countdown of copies remaining. GW friendly blogs and forums hyped it up. 

Turns out, the game was trash. Just an utter mess of unbalanced rules with not a lot of cohesion. Basically, you had to be a GW devotee to find the fun in it. 

It did so poorly, that GW actually recalled and trashed large numbers of it to maintain the illusion of scarcity and to recover costs as a tax write off. 

Supporter7 months ago

I think I heard someone mention this as a steaming pile one time. But I never heard the story behind it. That is fascinating. 

7 months ago

W O W. 

That is bananacakes. 

7 months ago

One of the fun things about being in the hobby for so long, is i can wheel out these old stories to a new audience every couple of years and get a fun response to them :)

Supporter7 months ago

Haha that’s awesome. 

7 months ago

I think that because so many games come out every year these days, it's easier to get hyped about something new. The cult of the new is a real thing and is very powerful when capturing our attention. We as people are drawn to exciting things, and new is exciting. In order for a game to stay relevant for longer, it needs to be impactful: emotional, thematic, etc. 

I think one of the reasons why #Gloomhaven is still current (besides #Frosthaven being live on Kickstarter) is because it does what it does so well (I have yet to play it, but I'm taking pretty much everyone else's word on it, especially @Skurvy5).

#Nemesis does the thematic incredibly well: still relevant

#Scythe's gameplay is so clean and smooth and great: still relevant

#Machi Koro (as mentioned by @Crazybirdman in a comment) is good, yes, but as mentioned, there are better games that do the same/similar things. Hence, not as relevant today.

Supporter7 months ago

Speaking of #Gloomhaven I set up the “final” scenario in the main campaign last night. Prepped and ready for me to play tonight. I’m looking forward to exploring the Forgotten Circles content. Plus I still have several side scenarios I haven’t tried yet. 

7 months ago

You probably could go through this playlist from Boardgamegeek of their monthly "Top 10 Hottest Games" and find a whole host of games that would fit this question.

Supporter7 months ago

I took up your suggestion and went through the videos for Aug 2019 through December 2019. Besides the popular games that kept coming up (Gloomhaven, Root, Wingspan, Terraforming Mars, Brass: Birmingham, etc.), the new hot games I saw include:

7 months ago

Haha, Dune makes sense. It's definitely not a game for everyone, and tough to get to the table, but the hype was warranted, seeing as it was a 40-year old board game legend getting a new edition.

I feel like I still see stuff about Marvel Champions, but of course it's a living card game and will keep getting releases for a while.

Supporter7 months ago

I was watching this new video from Rahdo and I thought it was funny how he mentions several games listed above: https://youtu.be/aghbDb_P0bQ

7 months ago

Haha I actually listened to that as well earlier today!

Supporter7 months ago

#Machi Koro- my wife loves the game, but so many similar/better games have come out since.

Supporter7 months ago

#Gen7: A Crossroads Game. It was hot, but it flopped big time. 

#tapestry was super super hot, and it seems to be a ok game, but it has really fallen off the hype train. 

#Neon God's was a retheme of #City of Remnants. It came out of the gate hot, and immediately did a face plant. 



Supporter7 months ago

Tapestry is a good one! Definitely tons of hype and then it just disappeared. Still waiting for @philryuh to do a solo review for me. See if it’s worth picking up. 

Supporter7 months ago

I need to but there are so many others I need to get to also hahaha. My current (gaming) priorities include:

OH YEAH and #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is headed my way lol

Edit: This doesn't mean I don't like Tapestry by the way. I like the idea of the game and I want to give it a try because I think my wife will enjoy it. I was watching a new video by Rahdo and looks like Tapestry is his most played game of 2019.

Supporter7 months ago

I also wonder what Phil will think. 

Supporter7 months ago

One game that I remember seeing tons of people taking about at first is #Black Angel. It looks absolutely  stunning but I don’t see anyone talking about this one any where! Is it a bad game? What happened to it?

Supporter7 months ago

From what I've seen around different communities, the most frequent opinions expressed were along the lines of #Troyes is better (it's from the same designer and Black Angel is a bit of a reimplementation of it), more convoluted than Troyes, and so on. I think fans of Troyes went in with a lot of excitement and high expectations that weren't quite met. I bet that cooled off a lot of people from the hype.

Supporter7 months ago

It is, supposedly, significantly heavier than #troyes, and many people disliked that. 

7 months ago

From what I saw, that one got decent reviews but few people raved about it, so that probably contributed to it's falling out of the spotlight a bit.

7 months ago

I haven't heard much about Black Angel either. It's a great game though (played it once).

Supporter7 months ago

I still here it being talked about some. I have looked at it a lot, and I think I would like it. 

Supporter7 months ago

Guess I’m just not on the right channels with this one then. Do you know if it has a good solo mode? It’s so visually appealing. 

Supporter7 months ago

It's supposed to have a strong solo mode. 

Supporter7 months ago

That moves it up a bit on my radar then.