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Dan
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Hi, I was wondering something about Above and Below true successor. I played and loved Above and Below, and still play, but wanted more.

Only recently, I decided to act on this and I was faced with two choices, the game he did right after Above and Below, called Islebound and the coming Near and Far called the true successor to Above and Below.

Only, after watching hours of online game plays of both games and playing Islebound this week, I find Islebound the true spiritual successor of Above and Below even if the designer himself says that Near and Far is.

I get that Near and Far has the "story book" of Above and Below but that's all I see in common. This game has Area Control as a mechanic and is based on explorations and faction control, and creating artifacts.

While Islebound has it's characters same as A&B, roll die mechanics (Attack in this one, and Explore in A&B) handled the same way, buildings, goods, exerted and tired characters, the beds (rest) needed to rest/heal them etc... Islebound mechanics are almost a COPY/PASTE of Above and Below.

What do I miss here, why is the "official" sequel feels like a game of it's own, very different in mechanics and game play (and LOOKS AWESOME! in it's own rights), while the other "unrelated" game I see as a the true spiritual successor.

I am alone in this?

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Which game between these two feels more like Above and Below overall, call it a true spiritual successor or sequel etc...
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Islebound
17.1% 6
Near and Far
82.9% 29
Voters 35
This poll is now closed.   35 answers
Poll created by EnigmaProphet
Closes: Wed May 31, 2017 6:00 am
 
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Eric Hartnett
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Hard to feel anything when one of the games isn't out yet so I haven't had a chance to play it.
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Scott Radtke
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Agreed. To make any sort of proclamations about a game that hasn't been released isn't useful in any way. I'm not sure what you're looking for, but I hope you find it.
 
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Michael Carson
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I have backed Near and Far. We shall see.
 
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Justin Price
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I think I'll go with designers point of view here. I've played Islebound... definitely didn't seem like Above and Below. Did you think successor just because of similar mechanics for some parts?
 
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Dan
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Yes, I would say outside of the story book missing, about all the mechanics line up between Islebound and A&B (more then N&F anyway). Where I watched the gameplay for Near and Far, it's more akin Tales of the Arabian Nights with area control, outside the story book, no mechanics or gameplay line up.
 
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