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The first thing I noticed is that this is a heavy, heavy game. What's frustrating is that I dropped my copy before I even got the shrinkwrap off and now the box is split.

The rulebook is very nice, with the cover a heavier-weight stock than the interior pages. And both the rulebook cover and box cover use a spot varnish to give the overall package an elegant style.

Time for the tape.

Anyway, here are a few of the photos that I took after opening the box.



This is the bits spread across the floor. There's a lot in here (three sealed card decks, four sheets of tokens, gameboard, plastic stands, rules, character sheets and strategy sheets).





The time sheet.




I'll try to take more photos this weekend when we play.
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Interesting. I wonder if your strategy will be completely railroaded into following the tips on whichever character card you're dealt or if you can be successful with a character without adhering to their particular strategy.
 
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I'm not sure, but the strategy sheets do seem a bit odd. I'm assuming these will be basic strategies good for a first game but as you play, and learn, you'll adapt new strategies.
 
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Good work Phil, now I expect a full report on my desk first thing in the morning
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Well, hopefully, this game will throw enough at you this won't seem like a script! I can't wait to read your report - this game could be really interesting.
 
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Heliconia wrote:
Good work Phil, now I expect a full report on my desk first thing in the morning


Well, maybe not until Sunday morning, but I'll post something after I get the chance to play on Saturday.
 
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disclamer wrote:
Interesting. I wonder if your strategy will be completely railroaded into following the tips on whichever character card you're dealt or if you can be successful with a character without adhering to their particular strategy.


Apparently his strategy was dropping the box
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Teeaniknik wrote:
Apparently his strategy was dropping the box


My strategy sucks.
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disclamer wrote:
Interesting. I wonder if your strategy will be completely railroaded into following the tips on whichever character card you're dealt or if you can be successful with a character without adhering to their particular strategy.


Nah. Those are just recommendations to help new players get a handle on the game and to kind of feel out what their detective's strengths and weaknesses are. Louis isn't great at the puzzle, but I've seen him dominate it and really clean up on VPs from his favors, for instance.

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Heliconia wrote:
Good work Phil, now I expect a full report on my desk first thing in the morning


Only if you mean an e-report on your virtual desktop first thing after moonrise...
 
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KevinW wrote:
disclamer wrote:
Interesting. I wonder if your strategy will be completely railroaded into following the tips on whichever character card you're dealt or if you can be successful with a character without adhering to their particular strategy.


Nah. Those are just recommendations to help new players get a handle on the game and to kind of feel out what their detective's strengths and weaknesses are. Louis isn't great at the puzzle, but I've seen him dominate it and really clean up on VPs from his favors, for instance.

-Kevin Wilson
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Thanks, Kevin. I'm pretty excited by this title. I appreciate all the extra effort FFG is putting into promotion, as well.
 
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PhilReed wrote:

Well, maybe not until Sunday morning, but I'll post something after I get the chance to play on Saturday.


Chop chop Phil, it's Sunday afternoon. We're waiting!
And pix too, don't try to wriggle out of this with a ten line summary. My whole plans for Christmas night could be decided by your report.
 
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Heliconia wrote:
And pix too, don't try to wriggle out of this with a ten line summary.


I'm working on it, but I'll need a few more hours to wrap this up. As it is the review is over 4,000 words long and I haven't even started to write a conclusion.

One piece from the intro to my review:

"Unfortunately, during the course of play the game is less about discovering the murderer and more about pinning the blame on one of the suspects. You see, unlike Clue in which there can be only one actual murderer in each session of the game, in Android any one of the suspects can be the killer; the players aren’t so much unraveling a mystery as they are building a lie (or maybe, a flawed case). When the game ends the players will have identified a suspect as guilty, but there’s no real way in which we know if the guilty party is actually guilty of the crime or if the players merely built enough evidence to convict an innocent suspect of a crime which he did not actually commit. It’s a minor technicality that has no impact on the play of the game, but some players will no doubt be frustrated by this. Despite this particular quirk of the way in which the murder mystery plays out, I feel that there’s enough going on in the game – and that there is enough innovation in the design – that anyone who is a fan of Fantasy Flight’s big box games needs to give Android a chance."

If nothing bad happens to me then I'll have this posted before the end of the day.

The game is huge and my brain is still digesting the session last night.
 
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The whole part about making a case sounds very similar to Murder City. That's the prime part of that game, but you don't travel around a board to do it. Wonder how similar they are?
 
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I can see the possible issue of pinning the blame on someone and not really knowing who commited the crime, but if there is actual evidence being used to pin the blame it's a little more realistic and I think I will like that. When someone is found guilty in a court room, other than the evidence used to convict them, you don't really know if the person is guilty or if you've just sent someone innocent to jail
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Heliconia wrote:
Chop chop Phil, it's Sunday afternoon. We're waiting!
And pix too, don't try to wriggle out of this with a ten line summary. My whole plans for Christmas night could be decided by your report.


The review is posted and just waiting to be approved. It came in at a little over 6,000 words so I think I managed to exceed your "ten line summary" minimum.
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Jolly good Phil. My hat's off to you sir for an outstanding piece of work. Take the rest of the week off, and enjoy your game. Thanks to you I can't wait to get my hands on this one
 
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