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« on: November 12, 2012, 09:59:05 PM »

Anyone ever play this "family friendly" table top adventure game?  I read a couple reviews for it and they seemed good, but for $75 I'd rather hear a good word from someone I trusted before I shelled out "New XboX game" dough.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012, 10:38:42 PM »

You can get it much cheaper than $75.  I got it for $48.99 at CoolStuffInc

My daughter and I played the first chapter and really loved it.  The mechanics of the game are fairly simple, though there were a couple of moments I'm sure we didn't play entirely correctly, but in the end it didn't matter.

On paper, it's a fairly standard dungeon crawl.  Head to a new tile, see what monsters are there.  Fight 'em and make your way further toward the end.  What sets it apart, though (apart from the fantastic components) is the story.  Really, just the fact that there is one.  Sometimes I don't even bother to read the background story stuff for boardgames, but for this it's a big part of it.  There's a 2 page prologue to read that sets up the story in a Princess Bride kind of way.  Then there's another page or so to start the first chapter.  As you cross into other areas, the chapter-specific rules will tell you to read another bit out loud.  The whole thing makes the game infinitely more compelling.

It took us much longer to finish the first chapter than any of us were expecting, but when we finally got to the end of it, my daughter immediately wanted to start Chapter 2 (we didn't).  I would call this a definite hit.
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 10:59:45 PM »

Love it. My gf and I play it often
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2012, 03:33:02 PM »

Sheesh, everyone I know has this game.  Hopefully I'll get in a game over the holidays.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012, 11:10:06 PM »

Thanks for the reviews guys. I will have to add it to my list.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 12:35:26 AM »

Never heard of this before...
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 07:30:50 PM »

Looks like I may get a chance to play tonight. 

As for what it is, it's another game from Plaid Hat Games (well...it's being distributed by Plaid Hat.  I don't believe Colby was involved in the creation of it).  It sounds like a more story driven dungeon crawler than Descent.  I'm looking forward to trying it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2012, 12:16:28 AM »

Any more on this? I saw it in a store earlier today...looked nice.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2012, 12:29:26 AM »

It is a very fun, well put together, very polished experience imo.

Pretty good quality on the physical components and the story is pretty decent too.  I've still only played the first chapter (several times) and it's been a blast.  People seem to pick up on how to play pretty easily too.

There is an excellent how to play video from the watch it played guy on youtube too.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2012, 02:05:38 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on November 16, 2012, 12:29:26 AM

I've still only played the first chapter (several times) and it's been a blast. 

So replaying chapters is still fun? How many chapters are there?
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2012, 02:49:12 AM »

I think there are 11 plus 1 dlc chapter so far

There seems to be enough random events to keep it interesting, at least for now.
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2012, 05:15:45 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on November 16, 2012, 12:29:26 AM


There is an excellent how to play video from the watch it played guy on youtube too.


Just be prepared for the way he says "cayhrd".
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2012, 10:47:41 PM »

I actually didn't notice anything odd about his cards, just his outs, abouts and mouses.
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2012, 07:38:58 PM »

Forget that, the way the dudes smiles all the time freaks me right the hell out.
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 06:01:10 PM »

Mice and Mystics shares a lot in common with the D&D adventure boxes released in the last two years (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, Underdark/Drizzt).  The only major difference is that Mice and Mystics is easier than those three.  In the D&D box games, you can expect to lose a portion of the time.  M&M (after two chapters played) really has to have new to gaming people to lose at it.  This is okay.  It's much easier to teach it to my 7 and 9 year old this way.

To be honest...  I picked it up because I liked the first Redwall book.
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2012, 06:58:46 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on November 17, 2012, 07:38:58 PM

Forget that, the way the dudes smiles all the time freaks me right the hell out.

He's presenting videos in which he's playing board games with his family, not videos of skinning mules in the woods.  Why can't he be enjoying it?
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2012, 08:28:46 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on December 06, 2012, 06:58:46 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 17, 2012, 07:38:58 PM

Forget that, the way the dudes smiles all the time freaks me right the hell out.

He's presenting videos in which he's playing board games with his family, not videos of skinning mules in the woods.  Why can't he be enjoying it?

I don't think it's that he smiles, it's the way he smiles.

And it's only when he's solo explaining rules that it's a little creepy.

EDIT: Just wanted to point out that he actually seems like a nice guy and provides a valuable service.
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2012, 05:55:40 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2012, 08:28:46 PM

I don't think it's that he smiles, it's the way he smiles.

And it's only when he's solo explaining rules that it's a little creepy.

EDIT: Just wanted to point out that he actually seems like a nice guy and provides a valuable service.

Yup. I've only seen him by himself. Logic dictates that anyone who appears to be that happy is seriously disturbed.
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