Blackbeard...the new tagline should be, "The game that just sort of happens to you."
Sounds like the new game hasn't changed all that much from the old one, except in the old one you'd sail around for four hours with nothing happening other than being becalmed and getting scurvy. Then you would just declare anyone who had made any progress at all the winner, and pack it in. That being said, I actually liked the old game, although I never played a single game all the way through to the end.
Uba WANTS a lot of shitty opinions and HAS a tray of Maker’s Mark
Yeah, I mean, I hit a shitload of points in Blackbeard as they just fell in my lap. I looked at my cards and said, "Hey, I can retire in one turn with this combo," and did. Bang, like 25 points.
If anyone else had tried it I had the card that nails you for trying to use the Letter of the Marque to retire.
Fuckin' scurvy, man...I'd be out on the seas and we'd all suddenly have the Scurvy VD. I'd pull into port to cure that shit, pull back out, and suddenly it was like, "Cap'n, our groins are itchin' again, arrrrrr." WTF, guys? Rub some oranges on that shit.
Dog...I forgot about the air-attack thing. You still squashed my lil' bugs fair and square but it would have been a massacre thereafter thanks to those flying thingies I was pumping out like mad.
Actually that random card play that destroyed my transport over there "because there was nothing else to do" was what killed me. Otherwise I'd have had a pretty good shot at nailing down three bases on those three planets.
It's all good, man. I was cursing and spitting but you guys totally know the spirit of AT and know that trash talkin' is par for the course. Rock on, brother Beavis.
ubarose wrote: Sounds like the new game hasn't changed all that much from the old one, except in the old one you'd sail around for four hours with nothing happening other than being becalmed and getting scurvy. Then you would just declare anyone who had made any progress at all the winner, and pack it in. That being said, I actually liked the old game, although I never played a single game all the way through to the end.
That's a pretty fair assessment of it. I dig the new version moreso than the old, particularly as much of the tedium is compressed into a much shorter game. Pete's analogy to sports games is a pretty good one--90% of the die rolling isn't particularly "random" to me. There *was* a steady and inexorable shift toward anti-pirate governors in the region in the later years; in addition, some of the key things that you're rolling on constantly in the game: weather, loot, and political shifts [changes in governors] *were* pretty random--e.g., boats off south america and india were often loaded with gold and gems, thus they should have high loot value, while stuff off the coast of North America would hold slaves, molasses, and finished goods like furniture--valuable to shopkeepers but useless to Pirates. The "Booty CRT" does a pretty good job of capturing that, and, I suspect if there weren't tables for some of that, it would actually put the game on rails, which isn't such a hot idea.
But, it could really use a few more interesting events to play, even if a touch ahistorical.
On an off-note: Hey Pete, it sounds like the soon-to-be-wife will be in either Haiti or Pakistan on business for a couple of weeks in early August [people who work in foreign aid & development go to some truly broke-dick places]. I'm thinkin' the WBC just became a much more viable option. Maybe we can entice Ken to come up so we can form your cheering section for the Caylus tournament [insert golf-clap here :P ].
Of course, without her presence, I may be in some serious trouble. She acts as my check-n-balance system when it comes to my vices and the WBC auction room sounds like an open-air drug market to me.