Hi, I fully agree with you. I was and I am very disappointed to discover the direction MoM2 (and perhaps other titles in the future) has taken. While I have nothing against apps that helps gaming I'm quite negative about games that are an app with props like this one. It's a matter of personal taste of course and I'm not here to deny the entertainment value of the new MoM2 but I feel somewhat relieved to recover my MoM and dont bother about having low battery charge, low connectivity or just some unforseen problem in the OS in the midst of a session, also to me having, or being, a human keepeer is a big plus. All in all I think for me is a farewell, but we'll see.
I definitely respect this viewpoint, but for me, I'll offer my own perspective.
This App turned MoM into a playable experience for me. As a 25 year veteran in the technology space, I'm around "apps" and technology every day. I embrace and welcome technology into my hobbies where that technology makes my hobby more enjoyable. This is precisely what the App for MoM2e has done for me.
Here's a few personal highlights:
1) I purchased MoM1e about 3 years ago. I grabbed it on an impulse after watching Rodney's awesome YouTube series on how to play. A buddy also purchased the game and after a couple poor setup experiences soured us on the entire game. My copy never even got it's cardboard punched. I should have sold it, but I just never got around to it. Needless to say, the App makes setup a breeze and eliminates the poor experience a simple mistake can cause. It also cuts the setup time to virtually nothing. A big win in my book.
2) I was never a fan of the puzzles in 1e (the few times I did play). While the puzzles remain, the way they are implemented in the app (and can be improved/enhanced) is a good use of technology. The tension added "feels" more real to me within the App.
3) Immersion. I have to admit, I am a big fan of the music and voiceovers in the App.
4) Much less "fiddly" than 1e. The app "manages" a ton of things behind the scenes and frees me up to enjoy the story and experience it along with everyone else. Something that I never felt in 1e.
5) Eliminates the OL. My number 1 complaint with MoM1e - I just didn't care for the OL component after experiencing it. I much prefer a coop experience and with an App, I can now get that in a system that's easy to setup, maintain, and immerse myself in.
6) So far, the App has made introducing new people to MoM much easier. Maybe the folks I play with are more accepting of the tech, I don't know. But it "feels" like this version of MoM is easier to grasp/play than what I remember (fully admit my initial poor experiences might have tainted my recollection of MoM1e).
Just offering my perspective. I believe technology is something that's penetrated our daily lives and will continue making impact in our hobby. I am very happy, thus far, with the MoM2e App and look forward to seeing how FFG expands the app beyond the 1e expansions into 2e.