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Håkan Lundgren
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Good evening.

For at least 5 years now I've been on the fence buying this game. When I learned of the expansion I was even more eager to buy this.

However, what held me off was that the reviews seemed rather polarized. The game include a lot of ingredients that I like but on the other hand it get the feeling it is somewhat convoluted and with clunky mechanics.

Well, as it happened today I went by my FLGS and saw this game on the shelf at only half the regular retail price. That would mean that I could get away with the base game PLUS the expansion for the same price as the base game alone (should I buy on web store, that is).

So, what do you think? Is this the nudge I need to finally acquire this game? How well does it play in relation to its mechanics?
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Yes.
Absolutely. It plays really well.
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corkysru wrote:
Yes.
Absolutely. It plays really well.

Would you care to elaborate? What do you like most about it? Is play time acceptable (like under 3h)?

I'm leaning towards buying it just because the price is so reasonable...
 
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corkysru wrote:
Yes.
Absolutely. It plays really well.


I agree. I think people were expecting something it wasn't intended to be.
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If you ignore the Conan element of the game, this is a very mediocre game. There are tons of dudes on the map games out there that are better.
 
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Gylthinel wrote:
If you ignore the Conan element of the game, this is a very mediocre game. There are tons of dudes on the map games out there that are better.

That's a terrible description of the game.
The conan element is an important side part of the game. I mean... it's only in the name of the game.
It's not a solely dudes on a map game.. there is more to it than that. But it is a very good game.

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Gylthinel wrote:
If you ignore the Conan element of the game, this is a very mediocre game. There are tons of dudes on the map games out there that are better.


I take it you don't fancy this one then? Seeing that Conan is hardly in the game.
How about if you DON'T ignore the Conan element?

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corkysru wrote:
Yes.
Absolutely. It plays really well.

I agree. I think people were expecting something it wasn't intended to be.

Is there a strong political/diplomatic factor to this game?
 
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Take a look at the rules. On my website if nowhere else.
Unfortunately It's been so long since I played I can't go into much detail but I do remember how much I liked it.

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I find if people like the theme (empire building in Conan's world) they often like the game. People not into the theme generally don't like it.
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It's a very good game. The expansion adds a lot to it, giving Conan himself the importance he deserved.

It does requires a full 4 players table and 3-4 hours time to make it shine.
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Definitely worth it! I think it kind of fell off the radar because people expected a Conan game with a capital C, and instead got a Hyboria game. Conan is definitely an important part of the package (especially with the expansion) but there much more to it.

If you like the setting of Conan, and not just Conan himself I think you will be very happy with it. And besides the theme the mechanics are really solid, with emphasis on slow military expansion or quicker, but more fragile, economic expansion.

Ages ago I wrote a comprehensive review on my site, which was later used by Ares during the kickstarter. I just scanned through it and still stand by it today.

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I agree as well, but it is really necessary to say, that the expansion at least for me is really essential. Base game is fine but than the game is not really Conan game, but just game situated in Conan universe. The expansion really adds lots of new elements, playing as Conan can now really make difference, spy figurines add a lot of conflict to the game, with prisoners it is not so cutthroat any more. Love the game, the only disadvantage is that it is really just basically for 4 players and that you need around 4-5 hours to play it.
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I would love to see Conan the Strategy Game crossed with Beowulf: A Board Game...
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