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  • Interested to see how this is, sounds a bit like a choose your own adventure book with a bit more to do along the way?

  • A couple of friends and I played 7th Continent and felt similar. It was such a grind and all the admin (both physical and also game-based) just sapped any enjoyment from the experience. We touched it out for something like 18 hours of gameplay in total and it’s now our yardstick for tedium :-)
    Shame as there were so many clever ideas that could have been enjoyable.

  • Sooooo good.

  • Jon on Actualol recommended that. Reckon I'll pick up a copy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCXIg0QS­LSs

  • yeah I skimmed his vid before buying (tried to avoid learning too much about it)

    gameslore & chaos cards have it in stock currently

  • A couple of friends and I played 7th Continent and felt similar. It was such a grind and all the admin (both physical and also game-based) just sapped any enjoyment from the experience. We touched it out for something like 18 hours of gameplay in total and it’s now our yardstick for tedium :-)

    Shame as there were so many clever ideas that could have been enjoyable.

    I sold my copy just before christmas. I played 4 curses over multiple days each time and never came close to solving one of them, I liked the idea it just lacked that thread to pull it all together properly and the hunting/discard management was tedious and counter to the actual gameplay.

    That said Tainted grail is very similar in its exploration and resource management, except it uses resource cubes not a discard pile and has a very thematic cyoa storybook taking you through a pretty compelling storyline as you explore. the grind is still there to stop you just jumping around and just unlock everything at once but it's less of a chore imo and was my top game of 2019.

    I played through the first campaign (30-40hrs) twice now with a different char each time and still not managed to uncover everything and had a completely different experience both times through. it's next up on my playlist again as the second wave of the kickstarter arrived in jan and I've got another 70-80 hours of campaign content to play through now.

    alot of youtube board game reviewers slated it but I've found their arguments against it (and etherfields from same producer) to be somewhat disingenuous at best. it's just not their cup of tea but they level criticisms at it that they don't for games with themes they like when they do the same kind of thing, which is excellent clickbait for them too coincidentally.

  • I use it pretty much weekly but cantaloop didn't show up any uk retailers when i ordered the other day.

    edit: still doesn't

  • Has anyone here had their own game printed, small batch but pro quality? I have a card game idea that I want to get printed for friends and family, so maybe 100 sets. I could use some advice on choosing a manufacturer.

  • I used Ivory for our game. Pretty good.
    https://www.ivory.co.uk/

  • Thanks @Photoben and @RubberDucky. Lots of helpful info on that site, I’ve asked for a ayote. 👍

  • Good luck. Look forward to hearing about it.

  • I’ve asked for a ayote.

  • I’m going to check out Tainted Grail - sounds good. I’m fine with a bit of grind, we just found 7th continent so punishing it was impossible to get in to the story and to actually think about the puzzles and overarching mystery elements as we were so caught up with keeping alive.
    In the meantime I’ve still not given Dune a try in 1 player - although I’ll be able to potentially play with other people soon.

  • was waiting for me at my mum's place when I arrived back down there this morning, cracked it open around midday and been playing it off and (mostly on) since then and just finished it (somewhere between 5 and 8 hours of play depending on how focused on the game you are i'd say).

    It's an absolute blinder. the format works so well. it actually does play like a point and click and the numbers/codes/secret text make it so you can just work your way through the options at a similar pace to in a video game, but with the bonus that you move locations by flipping a page so it skips the tedium of walking across the map most of those games had to inflate the play time.

    humour is pretty funny and fitting for the game format with a punny/irreverant approach to things. theme is not adult but there's use of condoms as items and a little risque toilet humour so it's not one to play with your young kids but if you had teens i could see them also enjoying it.

    in terms of value for money I paid about £20 delivered so that's quite steep in terms of £ per hours of entertainment but like TIME Stories which has one-shot episodic expansions I think they're basically an evenings entertainment packaged into a box and £20 isn't that awful for a fun night in. not to mention there's resale potential as there's only one sheet you fill out to track progress that if you replaced with a photocopy instead means the whole game is non-destructive and easy to reset to like new (as I've done).

    i'm gonna give it about an 8.5/10 and say if they brought this out as a subscription model where they just send you the next part of the story every few months I'd sign up in a heartbeat.

    def worth checking out.

  • Thanks for that.

  • I am currently stuck on Cantaloop. Trying not to look at the tips in the back. Might have to call in my son in to help me with it.
    It’s fun though.

  • I am currently stuck on Cantaloop. Trying not to look at the tips in the back. Might have to call in my son in to help me with it.

    It’s fun though.

    your reply managed to slip past me unnoticed onto page 3 of my following list so only just saw this.

    i'm going to go out on a limb and guess it had to do with the bouncer? if so I had the correct answer I just wasn't using it within the framework of the game, quick peek at a hint confirmed I was on the right track and eventually puzzled it out. just need to make sure you're using everything at your disposal.

    have you earned any "achievements" yet? they were one of my favourite parts of the game.

  • Yes it was the bouncer! I offered him everything.
    No achievements yet, I’ve not had time to sit down with it for a while.

  • If you've not figured him out yet I guarantee you have what he needs you just need to pay attention to what he says in his dialogues. you'll kick yourself when you get it too.

    the achievements just kind of happen (usually when you're being dumb) some are quite funny though.

  • I’m done with Cantaloop now. I’ve not played a one player game like that before and it was really fun.
    Would anyone like to buy it off me as I’ll not re-play it.
    It’s like new and I photocopied the only sheet you write on so no pencil marks etc.
    How’s £15 posted in the uk. DM me if you’d like it.

    Also any recommendations for other one player games would be great.

  • Dibs. I'll PM you.

  • Second dibs/first dibs when @mashton sells...

    Edit: should have been in reply to @dangeek - oops

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