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Andrea R
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I guess the game is somewhere going to place itself in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective range where you play the scenario once then you know everything and the game gets somewhat unplayable a second time.
Is that the case?
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Yes it seems that way
 
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Djna83 wrote:
I guess the game is somewhere going to place itself in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective range where you play the scenario once then you know everything and the game gets somewhat unplayable a second time.
Is that the case?


I have confirmed with Portal that each scenario will only be played once.
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Well, that puts me out. Hate this kind of thing in board games and I can't explain why.
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It's the era of disposable board games!
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senorcoo wrote:
Well, that puts me out. Hate this kind of thing in board games and I can't explain why.
I'm ok with it, as long as they aren't freaking #1 on BGG. shake
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Rank is correlated strongly with fandom and somewhat less so to quality.
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With the exception of Twilight Struggle, which is awesome.
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An exception that proves the rule.
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RAVENBURG wrote:
It's the era of disposable board games!

I'm OK with it as long as I can enjoy the game, and then sell/trade/give the game to someone else to enjoy.
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Would it be like pandemic legacy or Exit games where cards are ripped and stuff is drawn on? Or like time stories where it's resellable since the game is played once because you know the story
 
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ebz28 wrote:
Would it be like pandemic legacy or Exit games where cards are ripped and stuff is drawn on? Or like time stories where it's resellable since the game is played once because you know the story


More like Time Stories and Sherlock Holmes.
I can't wait to try this one.
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I have zero problems with one time experiences with games... The Legacy and one time campaigns formats are here to stay and whoever does not enjoy these formats can just... play the many, many, many other games that are available in traditional formats.

This one will even be resellable, from what I understand.

Sounds amazing so far. I'll definitely keep an eye and hope for a local version.
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senorcoo wrote:
Well, that puts me out. Hate this kind of thing in board games and I can't explain why.


I'd be inclined to agree if these games offered a qualitatively similar experience to repeatable games. In my experience they do not (i.e. the "one and done" nature plays into a unique experience very strongly).

Take the cinematic comparison: M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

You can rewatch the film, but you'll never have the experience you had initially, largely due to being aware of the twists. However, you *can* rewatch it, and you might even enjoy it (forgetting small details, or - more to the point - catching things you overlooked on the initial viewing). The more a board game leans on mechanisms over narrative, I find this holds true (e.g. I've been able to replay Time Storie's initial case several times, often finding things I overlooked in the grand scope of the design initially).

The few that are just broken by campaign's end have 1) been played waaaay more than the average game in my collection, and 2) have traded replayability to SHOCK and spectacle. Pandemic Legacy's first season has been the high water mark of this.

Detective .. well.. it's hard to say where it sits. If you can fail a case, yet move forward in some limited fashion into the next case, I can see replayability being a possibility. Even if not, you won't be able to see even half the content of a case on any one playthrough. I doubt I'd like playing a case again for myself knowing the end result, but I can imagine enjoying playing with a new group (partially to watch their enthusiasm, and partially to enjoy the elements missed in my original playthrough).
 
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Mansions of Madness 2e really encapsulates the "enjoy the movie, even though you've seen it" feel that I don't think this will.
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