How is your group with Arkham Horror? I think that if you have a hardcore D&D group then they will dig the RPG nature (is that Kevin's thing-- cramming RPGlite into boardgame?) of Android. The Warhammer 40k crowd might take a litte more convensing as do the Catan people, but if they all like Arkham then explain Android in those terms.
Arkham gets played occasionally. The only major complaint I hear about Arkham is that they prefer to play AGAINST me (ala Descent and/or D&D where I GM) than play with me against the game. I can usually still convince them to play Arkham about once a month, as long as we don't have a huge number of players, as it really slows the game down and foments boredom with the game for some players. Ah well, you can please all the people all the time.....and you can't beat them all with a broomstick either
But since Android is not a Co-op game, I expect I can convince them to play it once a month at the very least. I'll push for more though.
Rabiddwarf, you sure have a lot of faith in KWs designing skills to put Android in your top 5 before you've played it.
I liken it to my respect for Stephen King. When King puts out a new book, I buy it, before I read the dust jacket or look online for a synopsis or review. I just buy it. I may not always like what I get, but so far he has only disappointed me 3 or 4 times. Even when Mr King puts out a bad book, I still buy the new one on sight. Because I know I like him style and pacing, and chances are I will really like what he produces.
Well, I feel the same way about KW. When someone has a hand in creating multiple games that you readily enjoy, and then is willing to log into the forums and discuss his games with the players who have questions about them, its hard not to think that anything he has a hand in designing will appeal to you. Likely Kevin could put out a board game called "Cow Pies" that involved the raising of cattle and collecting their manure and selling to fertilizer companies and the first player neck deep in s**t is the winner, and I would still preorder the game. Because I have faith in his design style and favored play mechanics. If the game sucked balls, and was worse than Fear Factor:the Home Game, I would still preorder the next game he had a hand in designing. Because the law of averages, as well as human nature, shows that not everything a person does is going to work everytime, but the good ones don't let one failure (or multiple failures) stop them.
So, I guess thats a long winded way to say, I have it in my Top 5 because I believe in the ability and talent of KW. That and I'm a huge Blade Runner fan
No offense, but that looks to me like you have to get yourself new and better friends.
No offense taken, because I wouldn't trade my friends for a huge pack of clones of me who played what I want when I want. I have a diverse group of friends who have a diverse range of interest and varying play styles. I appreciate that. If I didn't have these friends urging me to play Carcassone, Puerto Rico, and Ticket to Ride; or Wargammers taunting me and challenging me to build a 40k army so they can wipe the battlefield with me; or CCG/CMGers who get me to try the new WOW CMG, and find it to be one of the better strategic games I've encountered; or a group of players that I can walk in with a brand new game and say I want to try it out, and they will try it with me, and give honest opinions about the game; or a group of D&D players who decided a while back that we need a little break from D&D and I decide to buy this interesting board game for an evenings fun instead called Descent: Journeys in the Dark....
Yea, I could find new friends, but not sure I could find better.
ps wish this forum engine had spell check...I'm too lazy to go back and check for typos