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Tiny Epic Pirates

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Gamelyn Games up to it again.

Tiny Epic Pirates

Not a theme that interests me a lot.  We'll see how the mechanics look.

Side note: I think Gamelyn could start moving into just developing games and producing them without Kickstarter.  But they generally offer quite a bit for a decent price.

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7 months ago

I like the mechanics in this but feel the art and production doesn't particularly stand out. I recently bought #Jamaica and #Jamaica: The Crew Expansion and the polish is just exceptional in comparison. Will probably still pick it up after the KS.

Supporter8 months ago

I'm interested in this one but I'm not sure I should be. I own 4 Tiny Epic games already that never hit the table. I enjoy the 3 I've played but also don't ever seem to get them back out to play again.

Supporter8 months ago

Which 3 have you played and which 4 haven’t made it to table yet?

Supporter8 months ago

maybe I phrased that poorly...I own 4 and of those 4 have played 3, but don't seem to ever get them to the table again. 

I've played Galaxies, Quest, and Mechs. Western is still in shrink. I bought it for I think $7 on clearance but based on reviews decided it probably wasn't for me. 

Supporter8 months ago

Ahh cool.  I've played TEW once, it was fine but I wasn't like dying to get it back out.  Mechs didn't interest me too much.  I know a lot of people think Galaxies is the best one so far but I still haven't tried it.  I was really attracted to the Zelda feel of Quest but decided against it for the time being.  (Hopefully I can get a Switch sometime this summer to get my Zelda fix).

7 months ago

Quest is the only one I own (got it cheap in a clearance), I have played it a handful of times and while relatively shallow in gameplay it is a good short (not quite a filler) game. The meeples that can carry items are a great innovation: as well as being fun they also serve a useful mechanical purpose. That said, the game wasn't interesting enough for me to then feel any need to pick up any of the rest of the collection. It is too light for my current game group and not interesting enough at 2P to play with my partner so doesn't get played a whole bunch.

Supporter8 months ago

This conversation caused me to ponder why the Tiny Epic games don't really leave the shelf often and I think part of it is their tiny size. I just tend to overlook them sometimes I think. 

Supporter8 months ago

They often work really well as quicker games if you are hoping to play two games in a night, or you don't have as much time.  Most of them play in 45 - 60 minutes, which is really nice.

8 months ago

I've got my eye on this one. Pirates is actually a theme I really enjoy, and don't have any games that use it. Unfortunately, my wife and I don't like a lot of direct conflict and take-that in games, which doesn't mesh well with pirates. I'm interested to see the mechanics of the game, holding onto the tiniest bit of hope that it might be a solid pirate game where you don't have to attack each other. 

Supporter8 months ago

Looks like you might be in luck.  There is the possibility of direct conflict, but it also appears that it can be avoided.  Just make sure you don't play with a cutthroat (pun intended) player like myself.

Supporter8 months ago

Pirates isn't a theme I'm particularly attracted to, but direct conflict and negative player interaction is.  So we are on opposite sides here.  I think if there isn't a lot of negative player interaction I'll end up skipping it.

You probably don't know this about me, but a Rahdo negative review of a game because it's too mean moves it way up my wish list, haha.

Supporter8 months ago

Have you played #The Estates? That is some mean player interaction there.

That and #Mall Of Horror are games that you can be really mean to someone in.


8 months ago

Yeah, they don't need Kickstarter anymore. But, it's a safe way to produce what they need without going overboard, so I get why they still do it. I enjoy their Kickstarters, mostly because it's fun to see what gets added. I'm not sure if I'll back this one (which would be the first I won't own...aside from Western, if it ever gets back in stock haha), but I will certainly follow its progress. I'm very intrigued by the rondel mechanic. Pirates isn't a theme I'm necessarily thrilled about, but it's one I'm lacking, so I'm not opposed. I'll be dissecting the gameplay once the Kickstarter launches. 

Supporter8 months ago

That's true.  The only thing that bugs me about Gamelyn (and I've backed two of the four games that have come to Kickstarter since I got into backing any games), is that their "Stretch Goals" always just seem to be content they planned on adding anyway but if we release it that way it's good for Marketing.

Overall though they offer a big (yes this is a pun, in a way) bang for your buck on KS.

Partner8 months ago

Most all stretch goals now a days ar just a marketing gimmick. 

Supporter8 months ago

Yup.  Which makes them underwhelming.  Unless you are a start up just do everything at once.  Like Gamelyn knows they are going to go above and beyond their required funding.  Just tell everyone what's going to be in the game right away.

7 months ago

I wonder if at some point Kickstarter will become such a 'norm' and so filled with larger companies that we will end up with another innovation/method to allow smaller creators/designers to reach audiences as Kickstarter was to begin with?

Supporter7 months ago

Gosh I certainly hope not.  It does feel like with some of the bigger companies that it has become a glorified pre-order.  For companies like Gamelyn there are almost no changes to the final version which means they know well what they will do already.

7 months ago

Yeah, I don't really know how you prevent companies doing that. As I imagine that they must believe it makes economic sense even though they still have to give a cut to Kickstarter.

Supporter8 months ago

I too wish that they would go straight to retail.

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