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John McKendrick
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Another PKD fan who has found Android, so glad you liked it

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Without reading the (amazingly well written) text, we would have had no clue why we were behaving the way we were behaving.


The beauty of Android is that after a while, you don't need to do that anymore. Once you've captured the characters, the world and the NPCs, the cards' effect will make your minds conjure their own imaginations. The mechanics are insidiously thematic. So a single card will have many meanings, probably different to each player.
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Grant Batt
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Yay! Great review!
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I absolutely _love_ Android, although i only manage to play it a couple of times so far. Looking forward the next time !
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Martin Ralya
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I've been on the fence about Android for a long time, but this review got me off the fence and made me hunt down a copy. Actually getting it to the table will be an uphill battle, but one that I think will ultimately prove worthwhile.

Thanks for a great review! I really like this format.
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After reading this review I had a urge to go buy it, more so since it's on sale at a discount on my local retailer but the review also made me understand that this is probably not a game for my group.

Thanks for the review!
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Your review sums up my own experience with this game beautifully. You call it an odd beautiful masterpiece. Another reviewer called it the poor, misunderstood genius sitting in the corner.

This is not your typical game. Android is more of an experience than your traditional move and counter-move competitive game. It's caused quite a divide in the gaming community because I think it appeals to a particular type of gamer: the right brained dominant gamer: intuitive, creative, imaginative, conceptual, as opposed to the left brain dominant gamer: logical, analytical, sequential, literal and precise.

It is long for what it is and at times a little clunky but also often brilliant as you point out. I would never trade it because it is truly unique. And for anyone like myself who is a fan of classic sci-fi (well all sci-fi really), it's something of a dream game.
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Charlie Mote
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Great review, with one of the most insightful comments on a game:

"In this situation, the asking of the question is almost more important than what the answer ends up being. Who cares ultimately if Deckard is a replicant? Once you've asked the question you've found something far more valuable than a concrete answer. The plotlines in Android are about identity, humanity, and dealing with past experiences and future expectations. In asking just who you, the player, are supposed to be- character or director, god or mortal, experienced gamer loaded with expectations or new player here for the trip itself, you touch upon one of the very deepest themes of this sub-genre of literature."

Don't know if I can ever justify trying this, but, it certainly has sold me on keeping an eye on Infiltration. Who knows, if the group ends up liking that, maybe Android won't be such a leap.
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Kyle Cope
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Yes, three is the maximum I will play this game with. I have a great experience with it. Also if you know the faults of your character, the bad things that can happen to you sit ok. I had a bunch of favors that got taken away thanks to my "girlfriend", but I knew the risk I was running in holding onto them.
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Byron Campbell
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I'll spend a moment on the concept of "framing" the suspect though. I've heard, repeatedly, that this is theme breaking, not in genre, and is what ruins the game. I humbly disagree. Android sees it's roots most obviously in Bladerunner, but moreso in the broader work of Phillip K Dick especially, and Heinlein and other giants of classic science fiction. However, to truly savor the game you need to understand Phillip K Dick work especially. His stories deal with identity, truth, and the sometimes very plastic nature of reality and fact. It's easy to approach the game and say "think of yourself as a director trying to set up a favorable ending for your protagonist", but that's intentionally left ambiguous by the designer. Maybe you are. Maybe you're actually playing your character trying to frame someone. How can you know? The behavior of one is identical to the behavior of the other. In this situation, the asking of the question is almost more important than what the answer ends up being. Who cares ultimately if Deckard is a replicant? Once you've asked the question you've found something far more valuable than a concrete answer. The plotlines in Android are about identity, humanity, and dealing with past experiences and future expectations. In asking just who you, the player, are supposed to be- character or director, god or mortal, experienced gamer loaded with expectations or new player here for the trip itself, you touch upon one of the very deepest themes of this sub-genre of literature.


And we have a winner. This paragraph seriously made my day.
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A remarkable review, and your evaluation of Phillip K. Dick's writing was incredibly succinct and elegant. You've convinced me to go to my FLGS TODAY to buy this game, even though their copy has a gouge on the box (maybe I can talk them into a discount... devil). Now the only question remaining is whether I'll manage to find someone in my local gaming group who is willing enough to play the story, not the mechanics. Truly, it sounds like the value here is not in a winning strategy, but in a meaningful story created by the players.
 
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Why is this review missing now???
 
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sirjonsnow wrote:
Why is this review missing now???

The original poster has decided to delete their account and all of their posted content with it.
 
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