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Randy Espinoza
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I like the new art much better, kind of a more modern style while maintaining the theme.
http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/33497/ascend-aristocratic...

It's safe to assume that not just the art box was changed but also the board and components. Most likely the game is still the same.

I'm most definitely picking up this version as soon as it comes out, which I assume will happen after Onitama (which releases next month), hopefully May or so.
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Can't say I like the cover image, but that's neither here nor there, since they don't show up from the shelf anyway. I'd like to see the board and components before passing judgment.
 
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A bunch of people scowling. I like the ABACUSSPIELE version better. Sure glad I own it.
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stevepop wrote:
A bunch of people scowling. I like the ABACUSSPIELE version better. Sure glad I own it.


I totally agree with you, and I'm jealous that you have the original.
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I got mine from Canada. Looks like it's still available if you're up for spending some extra money for the less pissed-off-looking artwork. I sure was.

http://www.boardgamebliss.com/products/royals?variant=974160...
 
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Laura "lelo" D. Arrowsmith Deddens Gerard
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How does what's inside the box compare? I can't find pics.
 
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There's none around yet. In a recent Q&A here Tom Vasel mentioned that, besides having all new art the new version has some minor tweaks (number of cards) to improve play balance, the cubes are now little meeples and... the rest is missing due to a bad mic.
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After reading this thread, I ordered a copy of the original version. New art looks lame to me.
 
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albynomonk wrote:
After reading this thread, I ordered a copy of the original version. New art looks lame to me.
You mean the box art? At least wait to see the board and cards!
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Espinoza wrote:
albynomonk wrote:
After reading this thread, I ordered a copy of the original version. New art looks lame to me.
You mean the box art? At least wait to see the board and cards!

Well the original box art is exactly the same as the board in the game. The nobles look the same. Personally I prefer the older version and I'm not sure why there is a trend to move away from cubes and instead use mini meeples in area control games. I think cubes work perfectly; they don't fall over and are easy to group and count.

I am curious about the rules tweaks though, I just played a 5p game and felt like there should have been some cards removed from the decks.

Either way it is an excellent game and would recommend it no matter what the art looks like.
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Lots of people seem to be buying the original version after seeing this cover. Kind of surprising to me. I'm not big on either cover, though I feel the new one is a bit more intriguing just because of the higher contrast. My main issue withe original was the bland and drab board though. I'd wait to see the components.
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I think is silly to pass judgment without even knowing what the board and cards look like (and components in general). I will no decide until then.

So far this cover shows a better more vibrant color palette and better contrast.
 
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Espinoza wrote:
albynomonk wrote:
After reading this thread, I ordered a copy of the original version. New art looks lame to me.
You mean the box art? At least wait to see the board and cards!


The new box art feels a bit too "Game of Thrones-ey" to me. I also really like the art on the board and cards of the first edition.
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Papa Ninja wrote:
I am curious about the rules tweaks though, I just played a 5p game and felt like there should have been some cards removed from the decks.

I've only played with 3 & 4. I'm curious, which and how many cards do you feel should be removed for 5?
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stevepop wrote:
Papa Ninja wrote:
I am curious about the rules tweaks though, I just played a 5p game and felt like there should have been some cards removed from the decks.

I've only played with 3 & 4. I'm curious, which and how many cards do you feel should be removed for 5?

I think I would start by subtracting 2 from the number of cards you'd remove in a 4p game, if that was to much I'd subtract 3:

France - 4 or 3 cards removed
German States - 3 or 2 cards removed
Britain - 3 or 2 cards removed
Spain - 2 or 1 card(s) removes

Unfortunately I don't know the next time I'll get to play with 5. Let me know how it goes if you try it.
 
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Espinoza wrote:

So far this cover shows a better more vibrant color palette and better contrast.

I would disagree, the new cover has less contrast and all of the colors appear chalky because the artist used too much white. The characters on the box all look pasty.
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Board art on the new version is worse than the original IMO. I also don't like the separate box on the right for the cemetery instead of the single, multi-use box on the left in the original.
 
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albynomonk wrote:
Board art on the new version is worse than the original IMO.I also don't like the separate box on the right for the cemetery instead of the single, multi-use box on the left in the original.
Cemetery? Box? Im so confused now.
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Yeah, the new board is kind of busy-looking, but at least the duke now looks like William Shatner!



I kind of like the textured look of the country cards, but a bloody knife on the intrigue cards? Bleah.

For more:

http://www.arcanewonders.com/royals
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stevepop wrote:
Yeah, the new board is kind of busy-looking, but at least the duke now looks like William Shatner!



I kind of like the textured look of the country cards, but a bloody knife on the intrigue cards? Bleah.

For more:

http://www.arcanewonders.com/royals


Not a fan of adding the Cardinal to the King spot in Britain... makes the 8pt chip a lot easier to get.
 
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albynomonk wrote:
stevepop wrote:
Yeah, the new board is kind of busy-looking, but at least the duke now looks like William Shatner!



I kind of like the textured look of the country cards, but a bloody knife on the intrigue cards? Bleah.

For more:

http://www.arcanewonders.com/royals


Not a fan of adding the Cardinal to the King spot in Britain... makes the 8pt chip a lot easier to get.

I didn't catch that, I'd completely agree. Also the challenge of controlling Britain and getting is having to secure that King plus the Cardinal is worth 3 influence and the Princess only 2?.
 
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