I sat down once more this afternoon with Pocket Landship, confident after yet another reread of the rules that I was going to play it absolutely correctly, third time lucky. Again, I went with the tutorial setup so that I could continue to get a feel for how the various elements work in the game, and also because I would rather experience a gradual unfurling of its petals instead of being deluged with choices.
If I have one criticism of the game so far it is the that rules could possibly be a little clearer. I have had to keep my laptop open and check various threads on BGG several times in my three plays so far, and while I know that things will be much more smooth once all the information is clear in my head it is still making the learning process just a little bumpy.
Having said that, a close rereading of some sections of the booklet did mean that I was playing the Mechs' movements correctly this time around, bringing cards across and down to the front row where necessary, where in my first play I had definitely ended up just with the two columns, incorrectly so. It also felt like a much more interesting battle this time around as a result, although there is no doubt that I got very lucky on some turns, such as the one pictured below when my hull was assaulted but no damage was done.
In the end I survived the final battle with moderate ease, using my Commander and two Advantage cards to my, erm, advantage, and trotted away to an easy and legal victory...or so I thought, until it occurred to me to double check the Ingenuity ability, which allows you to adjust one other die by a single pip.
I had assumed that this included the dice used to track damage, but not so - it apparently refers only to those used to selecet actions, so once again my win was not quite as justified as I had assumed. I will still notch it up as a victory, though, even if it is a qualified one, but I shall know better next time. It is not all bad news, though, for I was hankering after just a touch more challenge, but it looks as if that is exactly what I shall be getting next time out.
When I am not putting notes on paper I like to play. Here are my scribblings.
- [+] Dice rolls