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Craig Rose
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From FFG's website:

Free Fall is the first novel based on Fantasy Flight Games’s Android, and it tells a story of murder and conspiracy in a dystopian future. This rich universe is masterfully brought to life by New York Times Bestselling author William H. Keith, winner of the H.G. Wells Award and multiple Origins awards, and the celebrated author of over 150 novels, short stories, and other published works.

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=2007
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Yeah, it's called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
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I would have preferred an expansion over a novel.
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I would have preferred an expansion over a novel.


Me too. But I think it's a good sign that they're not abandoning the IP.
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This is great news!

I also agree that it's very promising that FFG is doing something with the Android IP.

All of a sudden I believe there is real solid hope for an expansion for the board game.

I don't often read novels but I will buy this 'Free Fall'. Hopefully I'll enjoy it and I'll be helping the Android board game cause
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I'd prefer an expansion too, but I have to admit if there's a game out there I'd be willing to read a novel based around it would in fact be "Android". I'll have to keep an eye on this.
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This is certainly good news and I'll be getting it for sure! I don't normally buy novels based on games anymore (not since the Forgotten Realm books I used to read as a kid) but the Android universe is one that certainly appeals to me...

Hopefully this means FFG is still thinking about releasing more stuff based on this IP...
 
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I am crazy pumped for this.
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As one of the guys in my gaming group put it when I told him about this (as I couldn't have said it better myself):

"maybe they do it so that people understand how the hell the game theme is supposed to work

the main character, rather than investigating, will probably be wandering around spreading random rumours about who the murderer should be

also, there'll certainly be conspiracies of evil squares, unleashed when five of them happen to be in a row"

Personally, despite how scathing I am about the game, I'm not nearly so cynical when it comes to the idea of a book. I love the concept of Android, so will certainly be buying the book and (hopefully) enjoying. I just hope it isn't written by the same guy who did the flavour text on the cards.
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I'm sold. Android already reads like a novel chopped up into little bits and placed on cards, and I'd love to read a book set in that universe. I wonder how many characters from the board game will make cameos in the book.
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bleached_lizard wrote:
As one of the guys in my gaming group put it when I told him about this (as I couldn't have said it better myself):

"maybe they do it so that people understand how the hell the game theme is supposed to work

the main character, rather than investigating, will probably be wandering around spreading random rumours about who the murderer should be

also, there'll certainly be conspiracies of evil squares, unleashed when five of them happen to be in a row"

Personally, despite how scathing I am about the game, I'm not nearly so cynical when it comes to the idea of a book. I love the concept of Android, so will certainly be buying the book and (hopefully) enjoying. I just hope it isn't written by the same guy who did the flavour text on the cards.


Wow, this is a really good point and might pose a problem. If the book is written as a detective story then people will visit the game with the same expectation and be very disappointed. However if the book is written as dystopic work mystery aside then it will be very much like your friend said. Maybe new players will come to it with different expectations.

Either way, I think everyone who has heard about the game (and bought it like me) LOVES the setting, but damn if the game is just not as smooth as other IP like Arkham, Chaos and BSG.
 
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bioball wrote:
bleached_lizard wrote:
As one of the guys in my gaming group put it when I told him about this (as I couldn't have said it better myself):

"maybe they do it so that people understand how the hell the game theme is supposed to work

the main character, rather than investigating, will probably be wandering around spreading random rumours about who the murderer should be

also, there'll certainly be conspiracies of evil squares, unleashed when five of them happen to be in a row"

Personally, despite how scathing I am about the game, I'm not nearly so cynical when it comes to the idea of a book. I love the concept of Android, so will certainly be buying the book and (hopefully) enjoying. I just hope it isn't written by the same guy who did the flavour text on the cards.


Wow, this is a really good point and might pose a problem. If the book is written as a detective story then people will visit the game with the same expectation and be very disappointed. However if the book is written as dystopic work mystery aside then it will be very much like your friend said. Maybe new players will come to it with different expectations.

Either way, I think everyone who has heard about the game (and bought it like me) LOVES the setting, but damn if the game is just not as smooth as other IP like Arkham, Chaos and BSG.


Arkham... smooth?
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It might be interesting, but given the many references to Gibson's work, I find my gut reaction is I'd rather re-read him.
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I think Android is a failure as a game (for reasons that I've discussed at length and won't repeat again here) but I think its universe and characters are interesting and I would be interested in reading a book about them.
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This is a great idea to flesh out the world. Android already has more written out back-story flavor text than any other board game I've played. I half suspect that they had to cut back on some of it so that the players would have enough time left to actually play the game after all that reading.

With a full length book, we can finally learn more about the moon and Mars and the bums along the edge of the conspiracy grid.
 
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