My first reaction to seing this : WOW! YES! MUSTBUY!
I love the new Xcom Computer game, and like many other I have been longing for a boardgame adaptation. Then I see that FFG is doing one. FFG. Of all companies! YES! That to me automatically means it's gonna be beutiful looking and probably technically very well done.
Who's the designer? Eric m. Lang?! The guy behind Chaos in the Old World! i LOVE CitoW! That is one of my all time favorites in the history of ever. If he's making it, then how could things get any better!? That guys knows his s**t!
But then, the fine print rears it's ugly head.
A free APP that..? umm.... wait what? Did I read that right?
Surely it's just an optional thing that help with.... hmm.. nope. Looks pretty integral and... non-optional? Really??
Ok, so there's an APP that runs the game instead of in-game mechanincs and that is so it can be played in real-time.
Aha. Real-time. Now i see.
Should have known it was too good to be true. =(
I can play real-time games that require an working phone/tablet with my friends all the time. I like that in computer games. In my boardgames, not so much. I really want to be able to sit down and talk to my fellow players, discuss, joke and strategize, with the only time limit is the time set aside for the game in total. I don't want to be dependent of battery-power or working internet connections. This is what we play boardgames to get away from.
I still have no doubt this game will be beutiful and well designed, I just know that it is not a game designed for me.
And as an extra wind-out-of-sail-taker, I can now also rest pretty safe in knowing that my favourite game company will never be making a "classic-approach" boardgame to cover this franchise, and that Firaxis & 2K is probably not going to let anybody else do it either.
...please... can you make an optional downloadable rule-set for having a GM run the aliens or something? Maybe as an expansion? ... pretty please...?