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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 00:06 #246864

The first review for Dark Souls is out,



TL:DW, they really enjoyed the game.

I late pledged for DS but got cold feet and got a refund after they refused to show gameplay video when they said they would. They also had a hard time implementing the trap mechanic which further eroded my trust in their ability to deliver a stand out game.

The good news is the KS had no exclusives and you can pick up everything at retail. The bad news is like Conan the game is very overpriced imo.

Oh well, I used the money saved from DS and got Kingdom Death instead.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 00:21 #246865

Yeah, I stayed out of it too but I came really close. It'll be interesting to see reviews come in...
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 00:46 #246866

My friend has it coming, so I'll get to play it. Looks cool, but probably not a buy for me, as Gloomhaven still seems better, overall. Well, for me. I can see where many will like this better.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 01:00 #246867

Kind of weird they had a review embargo for this game, but I suppose they've been treating this whole process as if it was a video game release.

My friend is also getting a copy; I'm interested to try it out.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 06:27 #246869

A review embargo? Wow.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 08:54 #246873

Msample wrote:
A review embargo? Wow.

Eh, that happens with some frequency. Probably more often than we know. I can think of a few board game titles from the past few years where the reviews were all held until a certain time. Mechs vs. Minions is one that comes to mind.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 09:03 #246874

I've been under embargo for a few board games, it's not common but it's not unheard of. For something like this, it's because they want the hype/excitement to hit at a certain time. The one nice thing about an embargo is you don't have people rushing to review it and be the first one out there.

I'd love to play this game, but I don't have a copy coming and I'm not paying retail prices. Little bummed it's so expensive.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 13:17 #246889

A couple more video reviews hit this morning,



TL;DW, Tom didn't like it, it was too difficult for him and very grindy. He felt the mechanics were a bit dated compared to newer games like Gloomhaven.



Eurogamer enjoyed the game, games are long (3+ hrs), obtaining new equipment takes luck and grinding. The game is true to Dark Souls so DS fans will get extra enjoyment out of it.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 13:49 #246893

"This gentlemen here [Smaug], has, uh, a giant hammer."
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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 15:07 #246896

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Dark Souls the Board Game 21 Apr 2017 18:02 #246910

His concerns are valid enough for me.
It seems that the design is focused on leveling-up grind, and not on the player actually getting better through learning and observing (although that element is there too in boss fights).
My most soul-like experience in boardgaming is LOTR LCG. You try a scenario with what you think is your best deck, fail miserably, tweak the deck, fail again, learn more about the encounters, die again, etc, until you beat it and it produces a similar sense of satisfaction that it was you who actually beat it by your own wits.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 22 Apr 2017 00:29 #246929

It sounds... painfully boring. Need to wait for more reviews on this one.
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Dark Souls the Board Game 22 Apr 2017 18:04 #246965

Really glad I pulled my pledge on this...it looks pretty bad. The figures look awful. Seems like Gloomhaven really stole its thunder.
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