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  1. I think Jenny is a good team mate for Pete and his dog. I have 2 decks made that I play solo with but my guess is that they both work together pretty well as "generalists".
  2. The overall gaming fun went from 9.8 to 1.1 in my first dozen plays of this expansion box. Publishing something that only attracts 2% of the nerds in what is supposed to be a MAIN production line is commercially stupid or silly at best. Publishing hardcore mode with special small box expansions is smart !, but doing a complete shake up and shedding 90% of your more casual player base who go from the basic box and a few small box expansions and then doing something like this is simply not done, not fun, not commercially smart. It is PRETTY clear they managed to roll back afterwards and tried to avoid some of these huge mistakes in the AH LCG with superb different playing difficulties to choose from from the start... I have this game 9 years now and never stumbled into this Numenor expansion while still having played hundreds of LotR card sessions... All I can say now is that Marvel Champions actually is far smarter and more fun at its start to cater for ALL buying players. Far more designers control is a necessity these days and frankly Heirs of Numenor is probably the worst box published in my LCG fandom (LotR, AH, SW LCG and now Marvel Champions).
  3. That’s curious. I just ordered it last night from a Dutch webshop and I got a confirmation this morning my order is ready to ship... Is that fake?
  4. I play this game in solo mode. No problem in finding players
  5. Since AH LCG is a solo coop LCG, this kind of competitive “new” news is irrelevant. I played 64 games of AH LCG and I am into the 3rd adventure of the Carcossa cycle. We went just after some actors in 4 player mode... and my last 3 games were run solo with Skids OToole in the first 3 adventures ... of the basic box. I have ALL expansions, ALL books but I did not open the last cycle yet while playing over the last 2.5 years. In LotR it is even worse. I played many more than 100 games and still did not pass Kazad Dûm with dozens of decks. I have all SAGA expansions and all others up to the Dream cycle... tldr: these solo/coop games are endless and they will not “finish” because of production stops - like competitive LCG/CCG’s. Just enjoy the endless rides.
  6. Actually, since both LotR and AH LCG’s can be played in solo mode, these LCG’s will NEVER die in your collection as you will always be able to play them in a non competitive manner. The above is the HUGE advantage of these kind of coop LCG’s. THAT is also the reason why I no longer buy competitive CCG’s or LCG’s as they are driven by competitive play and so their activity quickly ends after publishing the final print run. The only exception for me was the Star Wars LCG that has a unique and superb SOLO variant of 22 pages on Board Game Geek. I even like playing it solo more than against a friend. The SW LCG is a SUPERB game and I still hate these haters at launch that prevented me from buying it. Only YEARS later I stumbled over it and since then I will never believe anything posted before I myself can play it. But luckily thanks to its great solo mode, the SW LCG was saved ! —- So I am very happy FFG went for the solo/coop variant again with the Marvel Campions LCG . A life long fun awaits with these solo card games. And quite frankly: you can play endlessly. I played hundreds of games in LotR with just opening the first 2 complete cycles in ... 8 years... I have all Saga expansions and up to the Dream cycle... that are waiting ... It would also be VERY silly to sell these solo games for some stupid cash. I hope Marvel Champions will be good, but in no way I am selling these other solo LCG.’s Simply too good.
  7. And their new LCG is Marvel...by Nate French of LotR and AH LCG fame. Ok. Take my money already...
  8. First, I am a huge fan of FFG. As a traditional wargamer I am also heavy into thematic games FFG produces. I think I have almost all these great adventure games like a complete collection of Lovecraft games (and dare I say most expansions too), a living room full of LotR LCG, Runebound expansions, XWing, and - of course - the App assist solo experiences in Descent2 and SW Imperial Assault... So I was excited to see Outer Rim announced and - as a solo player - was very interested in buying it. Certainly after having played a 3 player game it seemed destined to succeed as a great solo game... But ... after several solo sessions, the solo Bot as it NOW stands is subpar to many of my other solo games frankly. The Bot is not very consistent, it deletes text on ability cards and makes for some very poor play in around 40% of its actions. The reason for this post is to try to convince the developpers to try correcting it in future expansions. It is not very interesting to see the AI Bot go/buy for cards it can not even use... then buy a job that it needs to go to the other side of an endless board and then waste money on things it has zero value for... The game has such a HUGE potential, but sadly - compared to the other recent FFG products - its solo AI Bot is not up to its job. I have one rule that keeps things fresh and objective when I play solo games: If I start to support for the AI to win, it is not a good sign actually: the better solo experiences gives you a great fun challenge packaged in a compelling theme. In the case of Outer Rim, the theme package is awesome (and even good in 2_-3 player) but I am always wanting the AI Bot to give me a better game, which it lacks at the moment. So dear developpers: try to put out an expansion with a better AI. Thanks in advance.
  9. It depends on the game if expansions are truely needed. Of course every publisher would be insane NOT to produce expansions these days. But you as the player still decides in the end (sic)...... Probably not ... as the push towards collecting it all ... is always stronger than controlling a personal buying spree. FFG specialises in it. We are weak and ... they know it I still think that the vast majority of games do not need expansions ... compared to the number of times we ACTUALLY play them on an individual basis. So apart from the usual collectable/living card games, your life will not be unfulfilled by just buying a base copy of a game you will play a few times per year...or ... in your life time.
  10. I hope it is more than that. Automa is a great word for absolutely .... nothing really. In times where intelligent solo games exist like LotR, AH LCG,s, Terraforming Mars or John Butterfield games... placing a dumb pawn at a random place (as seen in Viticulture) is not the best design in what is supposed to be a story telling thematic game like Star Wars. For me personally, I weed out all games without a decent solo mode these days. Too many choices and too little time to invest in non playable (or boring) solo experiments. I can understand youngsters that want to have highly competitive collectable or expansive games, but this gamer has seen it all and ... believe me ... the ONLY games with a reasonable long life expectation are the solo designs (which you can still play long after production ceased). No decent solo play, no longer a purchase. Simple.
  11. Since this is a solo game with software support from 4 different OS, it can be played forever.
  12. The most important element to buy this game and its LIMITLESS play was forgotten: ....the game can be enjoyed in solo,or coop mode. So it can and will be played as long as you want it. No need to worry. And present day software will run on anything in a decade, just like my PC can run anything of the last 40 years.
  13. Someone forgot the pain to set up MoM1. One small error in the set up by the “real person” game master and ... your complete evening was ruined. The WORST and most awful gaming sessions in my life came from bad Game Masters. Always wondered where all these surprising GM were situated... Not in my neighbourhood (except for a very few lucky evenings). Also how could this be a Descent game? It doesn’t use dice, it has hexes as expansive world terrain and uses cards constantly throughout the game... In fact of all the hybrid games I know only 2 have similar software. Descent2 and IA. X-Com completely different, MoM2 is very different, the Martian, The Witcher and many others all have different programs.
  14. We use this technology every moment in our life ... because there is use for it. Do you use an abacus or take your phone to do a quick calculation? Do you take a paper map or set your GPS? As such they are not even viewed as devices with screens , but tools to make life better. And yes they CAN make better boardgames too. Compare the set up difficulties and hic ups in MoM1. One mistake by the game master and your gaming night was ruined. Imagine the joy I had when finding out that AT LAST I could buy Descent2 to play solo without or together as a hero with my wife ... Making the usual negative comments about hybrid boardgames is silly in this society anno 2019. Within 5 years there will be hardly a difference between your player card and the fold up phone in your pocket. Within 10 you will have folded silicon maps and processors. Constructing artificial barriers against ever progressing tools is a waste of time.
  15. It always wonders me why people post 24/7 on the internet about not wanting to play a boardgame with their ... phones or other posting tools. I also can not understand why people say they use these devices too much. Sorry but 30 years ago we: - sat for hours watching TV - sat hours in cinema theathers watching movies - listened for hours to music while just sitting or doing things - waisted hours to look up books in libraries - read novels and books too heavy to drag along - read hours in our magazines and news papers - did sports while inconveniantly had to drag cassette recorders with us - hang for hours on our phones to talk to our love ones... - lost far too many hours to find a road without GPS - did not even play correctly because we had no on line help for rules look up.... BUT NOW ... some are too stubborn to use these tools to limit the number of trees being cut for a card being drawn.... Tldr: this is 2019. We use computers ALL the time. Grow up.
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