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Subject: Fiddliness and Time per scenario rss

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Colin Nordstrom
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How fiddly is this game (or does the app help with that); and how long on avg. do each of the scenarios take?

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The game is highly approachable and apart from minor clunkiness with the app (which will probably be fixed in future updates) the game is easy and fast to play. The setup is nonexistent and we only had to use the rules reference only couple of times to clarify few things during our first game.
The app definitely removes the fiddliness of the first game.

We probably played a lot longer than average (and had few breaks because of the smokers angry) so the first game took a little less than 3 hours (including unboxing of the game).
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evidence wrote:
How fiddly is this game (or does the app help with that); and how long on avg. do each of the scenarios take?

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Not very fiddly.

The components are easy, just sit them to the side and grab one when the game tells you too.

You will be asked to place tokens on doors, or perhaps place a wall token o n a map tile.

I am pleased with the execution.

As for time, there are 4 scenarios and they range from 90 minutes to 360 minutes(?) depending on the scenario.

So there should be something for whatever time table you have. Also the app saves games in progress. Your camera will remember where the pieces were.
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Prepare for your first game to last significantly longer than advertised. The first scenario we played (2 players) took us over 3 hours to complete instead of the 60-90 minutes that it is supposed to according to its inscription. We did reference the rules a lot, though, so I guess it will go faster once you get the hang of it.

Also, take some time to assemble all miniatures. Especially if you want to glue them properly on their bases. Unboxing and preparing took us 2 hours as well
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mournful wrote:
Also the app saves games in progress. Your camera will remember where the pieces were.


That's not entirely true. Locations of cards, barricades and monsters are not registered by the app, because they can be manipulated by the investigators (who's location is of course also not registered). So if you pack up your game, you'll have to make some notes.

Far worse, at the moment there are serious problems with the saving, so much so that FFG now recommends not using it. This is especially disastrous because of the length of the longer scenarios. FFG recommends finishing the scenarios in one session, which means you're totally dependent on a flawless performance of an admittedly flawed app and your device. For six hours or so.

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Jan Tuijp wrote:

mournful wrote:
Also the app saves games in progress. Your camera will remember where the pieces were.


That's not entirely true. Locations of cards, barricades and monsters are not registered by the app, because they can be manipulated by the investigators (who's location is of course also not registered). So if you pack up your game, you'll have to make some notes.

Far worse, at the moment there are serious problems with the saving, so much so that FFG now recommends not using it. This is especially disastrous because of the length of the longer scenarios. FFG recommends finishing the scenarios in one session, which means you're totally dependent on a flawless performance of the app and your device. For six hours or so. Yeah, right.


Pretty sure he meant use your phone camera to take pictures of the board and pieces on the table so you can lay things back out when you resume...

Also, yeah - hopefully updates will come to make the Innsmouth scenario stable - there seems to be a consistent endgame bug that makes it difficult to avoid freezing at the end - saving game or not.
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oldschoolgamr wrote:
Pretty sure he meant use your phone camera to take pictures of the board and pieces on the table so you can lay things back out when you resume...


Missed that. blush

 
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Jan Tuijp wrote:
oldschoolgamr wrote:
Pretty sure he meant use your phone camera to take pictures of the board and pieces on the table so you can lay things back out when you resume...


Missed that. blush



S'ok! oldschoolgamr is correct.
 
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Speaking of fiddliness, how many folks have found they need to actually take notes? One of the rule books mentioned this, but I have neither in front of me. Having a notepad and paper handy won't be a problem, but I'd like to actually have it packed with the game if it's often needed.
 
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