Last week I bought the Decision Games second edition after a gap of some 23 years since I last played this - has to be a good game I thought if I can still recall liking it over that long a period.
80 pounds (over 140 dollars - and 80 in the USA) is a bit steep for a boardgame, but as I say, I remember it fondly, and it was my birthday present to myself.
That price is even steeper when you realise how shoddy and slapdash the finishing work is on this edition.
Some counters are badly printed. Much of the design looks amateur. Even the map is dodgily printed (non matching sea colours on the two halves) and has errors (at least two) - the errors are easy to fix by pasting corrections on, but at 80 quid I expect better.
The cards are ok, though cheap looking, but the real disappointment is the rulebook.
It is completely shot through with errors and mistakes - grammatical, graphical, logical, you name it, it's been cocked up.
That's bad enough, but even the "living rules" on the Decision site are also uncorrected - the only changes are a very few badly quoted Q&As lifted from consimworld discussions with no attempt to incorporate them in the text - at 80 quid I expect better. A lot better.
Why was this game released in such a condition at that sort of price?