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I know that the CD is a key part of the game by providing a timer as well as recalling players to the start space a couple of times in the game, but does it have any other effect on the game?

I initially imagined it to be something along the lines of Space Alert with various threats or challenges being set to the players, but I'm now not so sure as there seems to be enough to do without having to listen out to multiple instructions from the CD.

Does anyone know what impact (apart from the necessary timer) the CD has on the game?
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My understanding is that it is a single track with no impact on the game other than as you mentioned - timer with checkpoints annoucing when you have to be back in the start room or you lose one die for the rest of the game.

I was hoping they would do something more creative with the CD like muliple tracks and other "instructions" as you suggest, but there hasn't been an indication that this will be the case.

They are supposed to release a download of the track on thier website, but nothing has been posted yet...
 
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While I love Space Alert, it's hard to play in a noise environment (like a game club). Escape should be much easier, because you only have to listen for the three "gong" sounds.
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mvettemagred wrote:
While I love Space Alert, it's hard to play in a noise environment (like a game club). Escape should be much easier, because you only have to listen for the three "gong" sounds.


I completely agree. In fact, you could even get away with one person listening on earphones and just making the warning sounds as you go along. Not ideal, but at least it's totally possible.
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I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet. Easily played off my tablet speakers, or an earbud from my phone.

It would be cool if they had a few different tracks (maybe 5 or 6) with differently themed music all edited with the 10-minute length and the "gongs." For example, one 10-minute track that is a fast paced track similar to the Indiana Jones theme, or another 10-minute track that has more of a doom-like theme, etc.
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Now that I think about it, there should be several tracks, with variations in when the first two gongs sound. That would keep players on their toes.
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Or, to make it harder, more gongs.
 
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Agree. Having multiple tracks with slight variations would help with replayability if people get too good at anticipating the gongs. Expansions could also add new types of alerts that do different things, or change the rules and make the play time longer/shorter, etc.

I think they could do a lot more with the soundtrack and hope to see some interesting things in the future.
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Don't all players take their turns at the same time? (i.e. there are NO turns... deep, huh?)
 
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So if you don't have the CD/MP3 of the three gong sounds (or whatever), then you can't play the game?
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draco143 wrote:
So if you don't have the CD/MP3 of the three gong sounds (or whatever), then you can't play the game?


Pretty much. I guess someone will make another timer app or something, but how else would you do the real time elements?
 
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lfisher wrote:
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So if you don't have the CD/MP3 of the three gong sounds (or whatever), then you can't play the game?


Pretty much. I guess someone will make another timer app or something, but how else would you do the real time elements?


You could most likely simplify the timing (although my guess is the track will be pretty simple anyway) - use a 5 minute sand timer. All players need to be back at start tile when sand runs out or one die is lost for rest of game. Flip the timer and then all must be out of Temple before the sand runs out the second time.

If you wanted to slow the game down and give it a different vibe (or you can't get a timer, clock, or other time measuring device), you could play without the timing and take consecutive turns - with a maximum turn count where the game would end if reached. This totally misses the point of the chaotic simultaneous play that defines the game, but at least there would still be something to do...

Thanks.
 
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Robman wrote:
I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.
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Robman wrote:
I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.


Well, if that's the case, maybe they should have just made it a download only and put the cost of making CDs back into the game.
 
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Robman wrote:
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I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.


Well, if that's the case, maybe they should have just made it a download only and put the cost of making CDs back into the game.


I dunno. Given that the soundtrack is neccessary for playing the game, I'd rather it be in the box. I'm all for extra material being available online, but not neccessary components of the game.
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Tegs wrote:
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Robman wrote:
I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.


Well, if that's the case, maybe they should have just made it a download only and put the cost of making CDs back into the game.


I dunno. Given that the soundtrack is neccessary for playing the game, I'd rather it be in the box. I'm all for extra material being available online, but not neccessary components of the game.


Agreed, but I would be curious how many people still have "portable" CD players to bring to game nights, or stereos with CD players in their homes. I just think there is a much larger population of owners with MP3 players than CD players (other than your car or computer).
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Robman wrote:
Tegs wrote:
Robman wrote:
Tegs wrote:
Robman wrote:
I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.


Well, if that's the case, maybe they should have just made it a download only and put the cost of making CDs back into the game.


I dunno. Given that the soundtrack is neccessary for playing the game, I'd rather it be in the box. I'm all for extra material being available online, but not neccessary components of the game.


Agreed, but I would be curious how many people still have "portable" CD players to bring to game nights, or stereos with CD players in their homes. I just think there is a much larger population of owners with MP3 players than CD players (other than your car or computer).


Well that population can probably figure out how to rip a CD to MP3 format with little difficulty using the software that comes with most computers.
 
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Robman wrote:
Tegs wrote:
Robman wrote:
Tegs wrote:
Robman wrote:
I was just planning on converting it to MP3 and downloading to my smart phone and tablet.


You won't need to convert it. It's going to be available for Download from the Queen website.


Well, if that's the case, maybe they should have just made it a download only and put the cost of making CDs back into the game.


I dunno. Given that the soundtrack is neccessary for playing the game, I'd rather it be in the box. I'm all for extra material being available online, but not neccessary components of the game.


Agreed, but I would be curious how many people still have "portable" CD players to bring to game nights, or stereos with CD players in their homes. I just think there is a much larger population of owners with MP3 players than CD players (other than your car or computer).


Yeah, I definitly see your point. I reckon the vast majority of people who purchase the game will download the mp3 version of the soundtrack.
 
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Wait...? They aren't including the track on cassette, 8-track, or 45 record! -Sarcasm- laugh
Maybe since the HQ for Queen Games is in Germany it makes more sense. Some European countries really hold on to classic technologies...
Since anyone reading this obviously is tuned into the Geek, the will likely have access to an .mp3 version of the file in like what - 5-10 hours of the shipping time? Someone will post it here in the files section and all will be good.
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Robman wrote:
Agreed, but I would be curious how many people still have "portable" CD players to bring to game nights, or stereos with CD players in their homes. I just think there is a much larger population of owners with MP3 players than CD players (other than your car or computer).

I still have a hi-fidelity stereo system that has a compact disc player built in. I also have a gramophone in my house as well. What is this MP3 thing that you mention?
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Every DVD & BluRay player can play CD's. Plus your computer DVD player. Everyone should have at least one device in their home to play a CD.

I'd like the game to come with the CD. I own about 800 CD's & still play them regularly. Yes, I'm a luddite!
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I got a message from them and there will be 2 tracks on the CD
and more to download at their website
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A CD is possible but compact cassette would be much better. I have a portable cassette player (the shoebox type) and it works abosolutely fine everywhere You go. Got it purchased about 9 months ago. CD is a bit difficult. Some CDs nowadays are actually MP3 and these cant be read by all cd players (not by mine for example). So it would have been better Queen would just had included a cassette. Would be much more accessible and avoid the problem of different formats.
 
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A CD is possible but compact cassette would be much better. I have a portable cassette player (the shoebox type) and it works abosolutely fine everywhere You go. Got it purchased about 9 months ago. CD is a bit difficult. Some CDs nowadays are actually MP3 and these cant be read by all cd players (not by mine for example). So it would have been better Queen would just had included a cassette. Would be much more accessible and avoid the problem of different formats.


Or, even better, on vinyl!
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