Look out for hard hitting investigative journalism. The depths to which I am willing to go to dig up dirt know no bounds other than the asthenosphere or the bottom of my laundry basket.
I don't wish to be rude so please excuse me if I am mistaken but I read this alleged review after clicking on an ad on BGG that led me to the Irondie site and the alleged review seemed a little too familiar.
Irondie website wrote:
COLOR BONUS (THE “1 RULE”)
Every time a die throw scores “1” it generates a particular effect, related to its color.
Every time a die throw scores “1” the effect generated by its color (according to what is stated in the Chromatic table on the back of the Game board) must be applied, whenever possible, to any Allied die (but never to itself).
This rule, called the “1 rule” has to be applied as soon as the die is cast on the Game board and before any other Effect (for example a die cast during the Skirmish phase).
For example: I cast a Red die and score 1.
The Chromatic table shows that I can give a two-point bonus to one of my Allied Attack dice, so if I have another Red, Purple or Orange die in my Attack zone, I can add 2 points to its value.
Consider that in Expansion Sticks you might also find some Rare dice, which apply this rule even when the die scores 2!
Allegedly Leyart's review wrote:
Colors Bonus: The "1" rule
Every time a dice throw scores "1" it generates a particular effect, related to its color.
Every time a dice throw scores "1" the effect generated by its color (according to what is stated in the Chromatic table on the back of the Game board) must be applied, whenever possible, to any Allied dice (but never to itself).
This rule, called the "1 rule" has to be applied as soon as the dice is cast on the Game board and before any other Effect (for example a dice cast during the Skirmish phase).
For example: I cast a Red dice and score 1.
The Chromatic table shows that I can give a two-point bonus to one of my Allied Attack dice, so if I have another Red, Purple or Orange dice in my Attack zone, I can add 2 points to its value.
Consider that in Expansion Sticks you might also find some Rare dice, which apply this rule even when the dice scores 2!
Leyart's review--for the interim I use that term ironically because I don't know that it's Leyart's, it doesn't seem like a review but an advertisement, I doubt the website saw the review and asked permission and copied it word for word and no mention was made about how great the review was that it was copied in English and then translated it into Italian--follows precisely the structure of this page: http://www.irondie.com/Gioco.aspx with descriptions of the dice coming from this page: http://www.irondie.com/Dadi.aspx
It uses either identical or nearly identical headings; it often uses identical phraseology. It seems the only meaningful difference is that the website more often has die in the correct place than the "review", perhaps due to the partially accurate explanation offered by a poster in the review thread who is a known associate of the game designer.
It doesn't seem like a review. The high proportion of identical content is awfully suspicious. Is there some disclosure that needs to be made here?
I noticed that the games designer complimented the reviewer so who know "which came first." Given that there have been literally zero other reviews I was glad for the information nonetheless. Perhaps the reviewer got a bit lazy and copy and pasted some part of the rules, which is the part you noticed.
To be honest, during the "rules summary" section of a review I could care less about the verbiage, I mean if the manual explains it most clearly, what's the difference? I would assume the actual evaluation of the games merits and flaws were personal to the reviewer. I doubt the publisher would put someone up to creating a review just to bag on the price structure. I don't know, just my thoughts.
Personally, I think the game looks sweet.
thanks for your investigative action. I can try to explain why the review can be so close to our site, and i can say no one at Irondie asked leyart a review, while for sure thanking him afterward for his appreciable work.
Leyart has probably copyed and paste rules from site, and this can be argumentable, but at the same time, after giving some rule info he adds his personal comments on the game, and i can say they are personal because sometimes they are slightly different from our intention on game mechanics output.
On the other hand, Leyart isn't a member of Irondie, as i am, but simply he was the first Italian to meet us in the first Italian fair we made in the beginning of this year. Then I personally knew him and found a very kind person and cunning player, able to create a competitive set in front of me after a couple matches. He bought our product and was probably the first italian to play Irondie. I personally thanked him for this, and i hope one day our enterprise will be able to hire persons like him as tournament judges, playtesters and the like.
So , that is not advertise, is a fan making a review, i don't want to say that review is the best that can be done, but he was the first to do it, unrequested, and i obviously appreciated it, as i will appreciate any other review of our game.
thank you for your work and your time