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Subject: My only major complaint about the game... rss

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Brett Miller
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What is going on with enlist? And this is purely a thematic complaint, mechanically this feature works great but...

Who are we enlisting? Why are they cylinders? Where do they come from and where (thematically) are we placing them?

Are these mech pilots? If so, how did the mechs move without them???

I really enjoy this game, and it's otherwise very tight thematically IMO and every detail is otherwise considered, but this bothers me every time laugh

Also, before people jump down my throat, I am kidding (a bit) but I am serious, does anyone have any thematic explanation for the "enlist" action?

Jamey, I would love to hear your explanation
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galaxybear wrote:


What is going on with enlist? And this is purely a thematic complaint, mechanically this feature works great but...

Who are we enlisting? Why are they cylinders? Where do they come from and where (thematically) are we placing them?

Are these mech pilots? If so, how did the mechs move without them???

I really enjoy this game, and it's otherwise very tight thematically IMO and every detail is otherwise considered, but this bothers me every time laugh

Also, before people jump down my throat, I am kidding (a bit) but I am serious, does anyone have any thematic explanation for the "enlist" action?

Jamey, I would love to hear your explanation


Why the words "Enlist Recruit?"
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Philip Mazzone
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I would guess the recruits are people who are looking to fight for your cause, who want to be more than just the workers farming the land. They are most likely trained military, which is why you can pick from the different bonuses when you hire them. Specialists in the field of combat, power, etc. At least thats how I interprete them.
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I think of it as spying ("Enlist Spy" or "Infiltrate"), letting you benefit from your neighbors.
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As Lee noted, there's an extensive thread on this subject--feel free to chat about it there! I responded on that thread with my explanation.
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Brett Leeson
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Yeah if I remember, the rulebook actually says that it represents what they're bringing to the table for you, adding some money, power, combat ability. the love of the common man.

Nothing in the game is a 1-for-1 of anything - workers, mechs, etc - so Enlist being an abstraction of what the new guy(s) signing up for the army contribute doesn't seem any more abstracted than anything else it abstracts.
 
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There's a file on here where you can print off little character portraits you can cut out and glue onto the cylinders.

I've done it myself to pimp out the game a little more and they look fantastic on the faction mats. They also have the added benefit of helping new players differentiate between enlist and producing workers.

Personally though I've never had this disconnection or sense of unanswered questions you seem to have.

They're cylinders because, what other shape would you use?

Who are we enlisting? An awesome delta squad type of team that journeys around the country side with you lending support and knowledge. Possibly defectors from opposing factions which would explain why they give you bonuses when other people take actions, they have inside knowledge.

I always though it was pretty straight forward but that could just be a personal thing.
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It's obvious--you enlist a cylinder to go sit on a space on your faction board.
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glax wrote:
It's obvious--you enlist a cylinder to go sit on a space on your faction board.


Exactly and by doing so you get heart, a yellow square, a monies or powa!
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Thanks for the heads up about the other thread! I did look before I posted but didn't see it, so thank you!

It seems that I am not the only one slightly confused about it. I don't think its fair to say that it's no more of an abstraction than anything else in the game. There is a big difference between detailed mech molds / the faction specific worker meeples and the universally generic cylinders.

But that file with the character pictures is great! I am definitely going to implement that into my copy! Those are awesome. I honestly had no idea that these "recruits" were joining the main character in traveling around the countryside... haha. I also kind of like the idea that they are spies. Either way, the pictures work

Anyway, I wasn't ragging on the game. I just wanted to see if anyone else was struck by this - and as always, BGG more than delivered haha

Thanks again!

 
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