Thanks to a post in the Hot Deals forum, I made my first purchase at Boardgame Revolution. The games arrived earlier this week, just in time for my eldest son's birthday.
Age of Industry
This was the game mentioned in the above post that caught my eye. I haven't been in too much of hurry to pick this one up, despite a general liking of Martin Wallace games. On of my local gaming buddies who is an even bigger Martin Wallace fan did not speak to highly of it. I just wasn't convinced that it was worth picking up in addition to Brass. Still, it did win the International Gamers Award last year, which automatically puts it on my radar. So, along comes this post and a really good price. After looking around, there are enough other items of interest to place an order. Yippee.
I had an interest in Titan for many years. Unfortunately, it was always a little more expensive than I was willing to pay for a game that I had never played and had some reservations toward. I had heard that it had a tendency to go on for a really long time. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing from my point of view, there had better be a good reason for the length. This is what I was not completely convinced off. When I heard about the Valley Games reprint, I had some hope. Not much because of a fairly negative experience during the Hannibal reprint. Then it still ended up being more expensive than I was happy with. However, once again, the price here was too good to ignore.
The box arrived with some split corners, which seems to be fairly common among these games. I did like the way that the box was packaged so that it would fit the fully punched game. However, once the chits were all punched out, they didn't actually all fit in the custom container. Apparently, they have to air out a little bit before they fit. Maybe I'll post a follow-up after a few more days to see if that really works. Otherwise, it's going to be too tight of a fit. I hope it does because I'm really looking forward to trying it out.
The Republic of Rome
Another classic game that was too expensive to pick up for a long time. Then Valley Games comes along and is able to produce a new edition. I really wanted to pick this one up as well. Of these three, this is the one that would likely have still been picked up at some point. The excellent price made it join this triumvirate. It arrived and I became acquainted with the fairly extensive errata. I've requested the apparently free replacement number counters -- though it may be a couple of months. I haven't yet decided how to address most of the problems. I imagine that I will simply use a pen to correct most of them. We shall see. This is one that likely wouldn't get played very soon even if it were without problems.
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! The Giant Squid Mini Expansion
I tossed this in with the rest for no particular reason other than an intention to order it from somewhere in the relatively near future. Unfortunately, this did not arrive. Instead, I received the new edition of Survive: Escape from Atlantis!. Talk about a nice gift That would have been great (even though I already own an older copy). I notified them of their error, and they sent me a label to ship it back. Oh, yeah, they are sending the squid to me.
I've bought games from a lot of online game stores over the years. For the most part, Thor at GameSurplus is my dealer of choice with the best customer service that I have run across. Still, there are times that I shop elsewhere -- often to get games or prices that I can't get at GameSurplus. This was one of those times.
Overall, my experience with Boardgame Revolution was a positive one, so I would be willing to purchase from them again. There were some issues with registering my account when I placed my order, but that is something I can live with. They have been responsive to email (within 24 hours), though I did not get a response from a web contact form I sent in. They shipped quickly and packed fairly well, and they responded quickly when I had a problem with the order. Free shipping with a $100 order is nice as well. So send them some business.