Thursday, December 01, 2005

Tempus, darnit, You are supposed to be the Gaming Guy...

I guess I'll just go ahead and put up the link to the latest Carnival of Gamers...er, Gamer Positions Open?

5 Comments:

Blogger Simon Peter said...

Hey Tempus. Have you played Pirates of the Crimson Coast from WizKids? I just got a few packs of the collectable cards the other day and it seems like a fun little game. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

9:09 PM  
Blogger tempus42 said...

I'm the *board* gaming guy -- that carnival of gamers site appears to be all computer game stuff, which I don't really follow.

Simon: I have not played Pirates of the Spanish Main (or the expansions) but I will say it looks very cool to me, and I'm a total sucker for anything collectible (just ask my checkbook).

However, in terms of game play, I've heard mixed opinions, ranging from "One of the greatest multiplayer games ever invented" to "Worst game I think I've ever played. Words just can't describe how horribly boring and fiddly it really is."

This is probably a decent balanced capsule review of the game: "This game has received a lot of criticism from some extreme gamers, but I feel that this game is definately great. I recommend not taking it too seriously, as that will definately kill the fun of the game. If you use it as a casual, easy-to-carry game that you grab two seconds on the way out of the house, you will enjoy it lots."

10:51 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

Alright, you are off the hook...this time...

11:54 AM  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Yeah, the provided rules are definitely aimed at the pre-teens. I know they're simple because I've played against my almost six year old (and she nearly whooped me!).

I think the actual ships and cards are exceptional quality. The game would benefit from an alternative rule set for adults/experienced gamers. If I had the time I'd volunteer to create them. I might just do it anyway. Rules aren't that hard to write. I co-authored a role playing game about a dozen years ago, so how hard could they be?

5:41 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

Oh Good Lord - Simon, Tempus - Tempus, Simon. You two go make rules while I play with the pieces, cards and mapboard. (BTW - that is an inside joke Tempus and I share about who values what in a new game...).

7:27 PM  

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