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Thomas
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That's my biggest gripe with the game (not really a bad thing) because we really love AtS.
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LunarSoundDesign wrote:
That's my biggest gripe with the game (not really a bad thing) because we really love AtS.


You can have both, you know.I don't have experience with either one but sometimes you'll feel like playing on a farm and sometimes you'll feel like playing in space so even if the game mechanics are exactly the same, there's no reason not to have both if you really like both of them!
 
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AtS is my current favourite, but I don't see how Fields of Green could replace it. There are a few reasons for that:

-theme: Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.
-thematic integration of places: I love the aspect in AtS that you can build Galactic Zoos, Turrets, Customs, Power Plants, and Embassy Offices. In the end of every game we usually imagine and joke about whether we would want to live on the paranoid militaristic base with a theme park built by one player, or we would rather prefer to stay on a base full of offices, restaurants, plazas, and fast food chains. I just don't see the same feeling of satisfaction, story, and grandiosity when purchasing Geese, Rice fields, Fertilizer Sheds, and Silos.
-ambassadors: For me, and many people I know, the ambassadors expansion elevated the game from good to excellent. I love that above and beyond your racial power you can get extra abilities through hiring ambassadors. I see the same thing happening in a future expansion for FoG (where you could hire "specialists", I guess), but then again it would be a variation on the same system.
-basic vs special locations: I really love the balance between the basic and special locations. Granted, it prolongs the setup, but without this I just don't see the same replay value with this game.
-number of cards available: Right now there is a plethora of cards for AtS which guarantees that you will never play the same game twice. This might be the case with FoG, but only time will tell whether it will get the same support from the publisher.

All in all I won't purchase the game now. Because I love AtS I can see myself buying the game after the first expansion, provided that it gives an even bigger twist on the existing system. As it is, the game is not compelling enough for me to justify buying a copy, I would rather play AtS instead.
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Szajko wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.


I think it is you. You obviously haven't heard that farming is the new sci-fi.
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The goal with Fields of Green was never to replace Among the Stars. We love AtS and we plan to continue to support it.

Fields of Green is just a different approach on the same basic mechanism. They have some similarities but we made them on purpose different enough so that someone could easily own both.
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Ats never really pulled me in, it intrigued me but that was al.
From watching Rahdos runthrough on Fields of green I was immediately sold on it.
Just love farming themed games, love the 2 player rules, the low setup time. Just alot more appeal then AtS for me.
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The main issue with our group with ATS is the setup and all the things that needed to be added/removed. The more expansion were released, the crazier it got.

I wonder if it's possible to play ATS with the Fields of green rules/setup.

It will however not replace ATS for me. I still really like that game and the art and don't consider FOG a must have.
 
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I've never owned or played AtS. I had no real plans to own it.

But I'm going to back the FoG kickstarter. If it's as good as it look when I play it, it might be enough to make me look into AtS more deeply.
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I've wanted to play AtS for a while, but never got an opportunity and never wanted to jump on buying it blindly. While I enjoy space themes, my wife does not. Also, I play primarily most of my games 2p with occasional 3 and 4p, and AtS sounded like it wasn't optimal with just 2. I knew of the 2p AtS version, but limiting it to 2p turned me off a little, and still the space theme would chase my wife away. Though she's not big lover of farming themed games, I think this one can do well with her, as it's something with which she may feel a better thematic connection. After watching the Rahdo runthrough and especially seeing how this game handled the 2p variation was really exciting! This might be the drafting game I have been waiting for!
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colmustard21 wrote:
I've wanted to play AtS for a while, but never got an opportunity and never wanted to jump on buying it blindly. While I enjoy space themes, my wife does not. Also, I play primarily most of my games 2p with occasional 3 and 4p, and AtS sounded like it wasn't optimal with just 2. I knew of the 2p AtS version, but limiting it to 2p turned me off a little, and still the space theme would chase my wife away. Though she's not big lover of farming themed games, I think this one can do well with her, as it's something with which she may feel a better thematic connection. After watching the Rahdo runthrough and especially seeing how this game handled the 2p variation was really exciting! This might be the drafting game I have been waiting for!


ATS works great with two. In fact Among the Farms used the drafting rules from Revival.
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I like how in Fields of Green ...

1. You don't only have water (ie. Energy) and money, but also food as a resource that players have to manage. I like how there is more engine building.

2. The cards are separated into categorized decks, and you get to customize how you select them into your hand.

3. There is a harvest phase at the end of the round.

4. You don't just get a large sum of money at the end of a round, but have to earn some from the harvest phase to stay afloat.


I'm not entirely sure I like that all scoring is at the end of the game yet, but it's probably not an issue.
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colmustard21 wrote:
I've wanted to play AtS for a while, but never got an opportunity and never wanted to jump on buying it blindly. While I enjoy space themes, my wife does not. Also, I play primarily most of my games 2p with occasional 3 and 4p, and AtS sounded like it wasn't optimal with just 2. I knew of the 2p AtS version, but limiting it to 2p turned me off a little, and still the space theme would chase my wife away. Though she's not big lover of farming themed games, I think this one can do well with her, as it's something with which she may feel a better thematic connection. After watching the Rahdo runthrough and especially seeing how this game handled the 2p variation was really exciting! This might be the drafting game I have been waiting for!


Pretty much exactly my experience aswell.
This game really got me excited.
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Szajko wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.

Perhaps they could add a few crop circles to the game to integrate some sci-fi/AtS feeling.

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Dirk_M wrote:
Szajko wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.

Perhaps they could add a few crop circles to the game to integrate some sci-fi/AtS feeling.


Hmm... if only they had thought of it and shown something like that in the campaign stretch goals image...

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avyssaleos wrote:
Dirk_M wrote:
Szajko wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.

Perhaps they could add a few crop circles to the game to integrate some sci-fi/AtS feeling.


Hmm... if only they had thought of it and shown something like that in the campaign stretch goals image...

whistle


Tricky! I love it- the crop circles make me so very happy!
 
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avyssaleos wrote:
Dirk_M wrote:
Szajko wrote:
Maybe it's just me, but I've always found farming a bit mundane while I love sci-fi.

Perhaps they could add a few crop circles to the game to integrate some sci-fi/AtS feeling.


Hmm... if only they had thought of it and shown something like that in the campaign stretch goals image...

whistle



Great minds think alike cool

And so did we .... laugh
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