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Bruce Gazdecki
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I'm thinking of picking this up, but have no idea on the quality of components, mainly the cards. Are they decent stock?

Are the time and ship tokens ok?

Thanks.
 
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I think they're great. Cards are really nicely finished and the ship tokens etc, while pretty simple, have consistent paint and look professional. My only complaint would be the box, where the cover is a wrap around label that needs to be split along an edge to get the box open (not as bad as it sounds). A great game though, and well worth picking up.

Edit: and the art and general graphic design is brilliant (as you can see from the images), can't believe I didn't mention that!
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Bruiser419 wrote:
I'm thinking of picking this up, but have no idea on the quality of components, mainly the cards. Are they decent stock?

Are the time and ship tokens ok?

Thanks.


The game is produced in-house in a small arts-and-crafts shop. They use professional equipment, but board games aren't their stock in trade. The location cards are not quite uniform (though this doesn't really affect the game at all) and the outcome cards are pretty low quality paper, which is kind of a bummer because they're small and there are 90 of them and they have to be shuffled a lot, which is difficult. That's actually my main beef with the game; I've racked my brain unsuccessfully trying to come up with an alternative to the outcome cards that preserves their effect. All of the other components are high quality, the art is great, and the game itself is brilliant.
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gmcseph wrote:
I think they're great. Cards are really nicely finished and the ship tokens etc, while pretty simple, have consistent paint and look professional.

You must be joking, or wrote about another game.
Tokens in my copy of the game are not fully painted.
Edges of the cards are not smoothly finished.
But the worst part is money. Bills are made from very, very, very thin paper. The very first thing to do after unboxing is to replace them by poker chips.
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Wow, not in my copy. I was actually impressed at the quality of the tokens and cards. Paper money I completely forgot to mention and yep, I completely agree with you, too thin and useless....

Ok, so I guess the composite review is "inconsistent"?
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The components I got were good, except of course for the ridiculous paper money.
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Hmm, so a bit of a mixed bag it sounds like. I'll have to think about it given it's a bit on the pricey side when all is said and done.

Too bad they don't offer a PnP option where you can simply buy the files and make it yourself.

As for the outcome cards, I guess if you're willing to spend a few more bucks you could try to have them printed at Artscow or Printer Studio on better quality cardstock.
 
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Bruiser419 wrote:
Hmm, so a bit of a mixed bag it sounds like.

Not really. I think it's more like: It depends on what you expect.

The design is easy as well thought through and executed as the most professionally produced games (better than many in fact, which can tend toward the gaudy). The actual production is slightly crafty though, and I think that's what puts off some people (thought it really shouldn't).
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To compare it to video games, it is not the AAA block buster in graphics, but everything else is top notch. If a game does not depend on shiny, detailed, painted minis in order to be compelling for you and you like the idea of LE, you should get it.
 
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If you are interested, just buy it!

The money apparently sucks. But seriously I didn't even know that, because I never use paper money. If you don't own a set of poker chips to replace ever having to touch paper money (and tiddlywinks,small ass money tokens) then I think that should be your next purchase.

The outcome cards are decent quality, but as you do shuffle them a lot and marking of the cards matters, I recommend buying 100 mini sleeves for them.

The quality of the components I. This game is really good, but as mentioned above, the designer, gameplay and community are stellar.
 
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do new orders from their website ship quickly? I wasn't entirely sure how much / if any stock they had available
 
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do new orders from their website ship quickly? I wasn't entirely sure how much / if any stock they had available

We have a fair amount of stock available right now, and we're already in the middle of our next printing run, which will probably be done next week. So if you order this weekend, I'd expect your order to ship out early next week.

For those of you who don't know, I'm the designer, and I work for Lumenaris, the publisher. It's a company of about a dozen employees (several of whom I'm related to).

We make Leaving Earth in print runs of about two hundred copies at a time (more or less), so as long as it's still selling well, it shouldn't be going out of print.
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I've played the game quite a bit, and the cards are holding up just fine.

One potential problem I worry about is that this is a space game, which means the location cards and most of the mission cards are dark, and dark cards can show knicks after a lot of use. (Think about old, black-border Magic cards...)

So you could sleeve them if you wanted to protect them. I'm usually a fanatic "sleever", but with this game, I chose not to sleeve the cards because I didn't want it to interfere with the art. The art in this game is beautiful. If I wear out my copy, I'll buy another. Honestly, I am considering buying another copy to have "just in case" because this is my favorite game. It is also relatively inexpensive, so if you wore it out you could afford to buy another copy. But mine is holding up great after about 13 months of consistent play.

The paper money is similar to the paper money in Monopoly or Operation. I don't mind it, but could see how swapping it out for poker chips would be a good way to bling out the game--same with the tokens.

Component quality should not deter you from experiencing this great game.
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buffalohat wrote:
anatana wrote:
do new orders from their website ship quickly? I wasn't entirely sure how much / if any stock they had available

We have a fair amount of stock available right now, and we're already in the middle of our next printing run, which will probably be done next week. So if you order this weekend, I'd expect your order to ship out early next week.

For those of you who don't know, I'm the designer, and I work for Lumenaris, the publisher. It's a company of about a dozen employees (several of whom I'm related to).

We make Leaving Earth in print runs of about two hundred copies at a time (more or less), so as long as it's still selling well, it shouldn't be going out of print.


Are there any differences between the copies you have in stock and the copies that are currently being printed?
 
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Bruiser419 wrote:
Are there any differences between the copies you have in stock and the copies that are currently being printed?

They're the same.
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I generally like the components. The cards are gorgeous, and the ship counters are Ok. I might try to find a few colored glass or ceramic "stones" to use in place of the ship counters, though.

The currency is not good at all. The flimsiness of the bills is acceptable, but they are so slippery that picking them up can be a hassle. Some have suggested using poker chips. I will look into that, although I don't play poker and don't know how big they are. They might work as long as they're not too gaudy, and preferably about the size of a US 25 cent piece. Maybe one color for ones, another for fives, etc.

I really like the *design* of the currency.

Another thing I like about the currency is that it comes in million-dollar denominations. Thinking in millions, to me, is more realistic than saying "I'm going to buy a space probe for two dollars." I would actually prefer the smallest currency unit to be 10 million dollars.

Overall, the game is absolutely beautiful to look at. I LOVE the way the destination cards fit together to graphically represent the solar system. Looking at the destination cards makes you want to go there.
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