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Here are a bunch of small box games we were practically giving away this time last year! 2 are crappy, 1 is ok, and 1 you already own 7 other versions of. Oh, but to make it more impressive, we added 3 more small boxes! They are completely empty, but whatevs. Not good enough? Ok, here is a little bigger empty box, and all of that comes in a box too! Great, yeah?
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Just like every other Boxing Day, eh?
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What were the games in the box?
 
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killerardvark wrote:
What were the games in the box?


Love Letter.
Say Adios to the Bad Guys. (reimplementation of Say Bye to the Villains)
Eight Epics
Royalty and ...something. A two player game in a white box.
 
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While I got nice demos of some of their games, I don't think the swag box was worth the $32. And it's definitely not worth the $40 they were selling it for the next day at the booth. Between the dropping of Doomtown and this, I see AEG quickly dropping off my game radar.
 
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Considering they let people without tickets demo games, after the first hour, it certainly wasn't worth the money. I believe I have gone to every one of their Big Game Nights, but that will change if they offer it again, as I have no intention of going back after this fiasco.
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Considering they let people without tickets demo games, after the first hour, it certainly wasn't worth the money. I believe I have gone to every one of their Big Game Nights, but that will change if they offer it again, as I have no intention of going back after this fiasco.


Yes, I'm sad to say that what has been a staple of Gen Con for several years is now a solid "pass" from me.

On the upside, it frees up Friday Night for some different gaming. AEG's releases have been pretty weak the last few years anyway, there is typically only one game I'm looking to play there.
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nate_lockhart wrote:
killerardvark wrote:
What were the games in the box?


Love Letter.
Say Adios to the Bad Guys. (reimplementation of Say Bye to the Villains)
Eight Epics
Royalty and ...something. A two player game in a white box.


The theme this year was to give something unique, and of course to highlight Senji. How many times have you gone, bought the hot new game, then found another copy of it in the big box? This year you got:

A large size Kanai version of Love Letter - Not only is this version the most sought after version that isn't still in print, but this was a larger premium version.

Say Adios to the Bad Guys - Granted, a reskin, but a decent looking reskin of a great game.

Eight Epics - To be fair, this was not supposed to be available to purchase at the booth, but in addition, the version in the box is a Kanai version that, to my knowledge, will not be released anywhere else.

Regality and Religion - A 2 player version of what later expanded into Regality vs. Religion: Revolution. I believe this is the first (and only) time this has been printed in English.

So one unique game, one unique version, one premium version, and one reskin. Each by themselves would retail for $10 or $20, so retail you got your money's worth, and the storage options aren't bad, tailor made to fit a lot of their small-box games. (Personally, I like this because they hide on my bookshelves so the larger box makes a better fit.) There was a lot of work that went into this box.

FWIW, I was surprised that the Game Night became open gaming after the first hour, but those people also were not able to get into the raffles either.
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lonadar wrote:
nate_lockhart wrote:
killerardvark wrote:
What were the games in the box?


Love Letter.
Say Adios to the Bad Guys. (reimplementation of Say Bye to the Villains)
Eight Epics
Royalty and ...something. A two player game in a white box.


The theme this year was to give something unique, and of course to highlight Senji. How many times have you gone, bought the hot new game, then found another copy of it in the big box? This year you got:

A large size Kanai version of Love Letter - Not only is this version the most sought after version that isn't still in print, but this was a larger premium version.

Say Adios to the Bad Guys - Granted, a reskin, but a decent looking reskin of a great game.

Eight Epics - To be fair, this was not supposed to be available to purchase at the booth, but in addition, the version in the box is a Kanai version that, to my knowledge, will not be released anywhere else.

Regality and Religion - A 2 player version of what later expanded into Regality vs. Religion: Revolution. I believe this is the first (and only) time this has been printed in English.

So one unique game, one unique version, one premium version, and one reskin. Each by themselves would retail for $10 or $20, so retail you got your money's worth, and the storage options aren't bad, tailor made to fit a lot of their small-box games. (Personally, I like this because they hide on my bookshelves so the larger box makes a better fit.) There was a lot of work that went into this box.

FWIW, I was surprised that the Game Night became open gaming after the first hour, but those people also were not able to get into the raffles either.


You can shine a turd all you like, but you'll never convince me it isn't still a turd.

And I can't take seriously any comment that makes the claim that Say Goodbye to the Villains is a great game, that any version of love letter is some unique collectible, or that a lot of work went into an empty box.

I actually never bought a hot new game and then got it in the box, but in prior years they were letting people actually swap some things at the booth if they got a duplicate. Wasn't advertised, but it happened. And frankly, something decent that I didn't want but could at least sell would have been a big improvement.
 
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Isn't the Game Night box intended to be some "nice extra swag"? I mean, if you're already buying all the AEG stuff, it's not surprising if the re-skins or "original Sugiura art" versions feel bland…
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nate_lockhart wrote:
lonadar wrote:

The theme this year was to give something unique, and of course to highlight Senji. How many times have you gone, bought the hot new game, then found another copy of it in the big box?


I actually never bought a hot new game and then got it in the box, but in prior years they were letting people actually swap some things at the booth if they got a duplicate. Wasn't advertised, but it happened. And frankly, something decent that I didn't want but could at least sell would have been a big improvement.


This is never guaranteed and has only been approved when the product was sold out (such as Smash Up).
 
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nate_lockhart wrote:
lonadar wrote:
nate_lockhart wrote:
killerardvark wrote:
What were the games in the box?


Love Letter.
Say Adios to the Bad Guys. (reimplementation of Say Bye to the Villains)
Eight Epics
Royalty and ...something. A two player game in a white box.


The theme this year was to give something unique, and of course to highlight Senji. How many times have you gone, bought the hot new game, then found another copy of it in the big box? This year you got:

A large size Kanai version of Love Letter - Not only is this version the most sought after version that isn't still in print, but this was a larger premium version.

Say Adios to the Bad Guys - Granted, a reskin, but a decent looking reskin of a great game.

Eight Epics - To be fair, this was not supposed to be available to purchase at the booth, but in addition, the version in the box is a Kanai version that, to my knowledge, will not be released anywhere else.

Regality and Religion - A 2 player version of what later expanded into Regality vs. Religion: Revolution. I believe this is the first (and only) time this has been printed in English.

So one unique game, one unique version, one premium version, and one reskin. Each by themselves would retail for $10 or $20, so retail you got your money's worth, and the storage options aren't bad, tailor made to fit a lot of their small-box games. (Personally, I like this because they hide on my bookshelves so the larger box makes a better fit.) There was a lot of work that went into this box.

FWIW, I was surprised that the Game Night became open gaming after the first hour, but those people also were not able to get into the raffles either.


You can shine a turd all you like, but you'll never convince me it isn't still a turd.


Who cares about convincing you?

They can't please everyone, and some customers will not be happy regardless. I can't speak to whether it was worth it or not, but there's generally a risk involved with these "swag" boxes since you don't know what you're getting in advance.

It's easy to say you didn't like the box contents. It's harder to say that they knowingly included junk to trick customers into buying the box or attending the event.
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contiguity wrote:
nate_lockhart wrote:
lonadar wrote:
nate_lockhart wrote:
killerardvark wrote:
What were the games in the box?


Love Letter.
Say Adios to the Bad Guys. (reimplementation of Say Bye to the Villains)
Eight Epics
Royalty and ...something. A two player game in a white box.


The theme this year was to give something unique, and of course to highlight Senji. How many times have you gone, bought the hot new game, then found another copy of it in the big box? This year you got:

A large size Kanai version of Love Letter - Not only is this version the most sought after version that isn't still in print, but this was a larger premium version.

Say Adios to the Bad Guys - Granted, a reskin, but a decent looking reskin of a great game.

Eight Epics - To be fair, this was not supposed to be available to purchase at the booth, but in addition, the version in the box is a Kanai version that, to my knowledge, will not be released anywhere else.

Regality and Religion - A 2 player version of what later expanded into Regality vs. Religion: Revolution. I believe this is the first (and only) time this has been printed in English.

So one unique game, one unique version, one premium version, and one reskin. Each by themselves would retail for $10 or $20, so retail you got your money's worth, and the storage options aren't bad, tailor made to fit a lot of their small-box games. (Personally, I like this because they hide on my bookshelves so the larger box makes a better fit.) There was a lot of work that went into this box.

FWIW, I was surprised that the Game Night became open gaming after the first hour, but those people also were not able to get into the raffles either.


You can shine a turd all you like, but you'll never convince me it isn't still a turd.


Who cares about convincing you?


Apparently that person who tried to.
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nate_lockhart wrote:
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Who cares about convincing you?


Apparently that person who tried to.


Meh, I just wanted to provide a different perspective.
 
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