The Fall of Avalon Hill Apr 4, 2012 13:55:20 GMT -6
Post by kenmeister on Apr 4, 2012 13:55:20 GMT -6
A few years ago, I played the re-issue of Cosmic Encounter. I bought my first copy through the mail when it was advertised in Starlog magazine in '77; my friends and I played the hell out of that game but admittedly, the production values were low. The new version has fancy plastic pieces and a plastic "attack cone" with fiddly little slots where the attackers and allies went.
It was very pretty, but honestly - it added absolutely nothing to the game. For me, at least, it actually detracted from the game because it was so time-consuming to get all those pieces slotted in place. Give me my old cardboard cone and die-cut counters (biodegradable and ego-friendly - a plus these days); its faster, cleaner, and leaves more time for arguing about how this flare affects your three powers which are counteracting my three powers.
(That's why I stopped playing - my friends were up to dealing five flares at the start and choosing three powers. The games always degenerated into endless arguments. I think that Eon should have quadrupled the number of "Sanity" cards in the deck.
...I also avoided playing Railroad games with my old crowd. There's a joke about the reason they supply crayons with railroad games is that you can't trust a railroad gamer with anything sharper. )
I just have the original '77 Cosmic Encounter game with zero expansions. I love it. Don't need an expansion. What's a flare?