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Subject: Can YOU tell the difference between Alan Moon and Martin Wallace? rss

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Tom Chappelear
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At Endgame's wonderful auction last weekend, I snap bid on Martin Wallace's Aeroplanes; Aviation Ascendant, since my 7-year old is airplane-crazy and loves boardgames. It seems I made the classic mistake of confusing Alan Moon and Martin Wallace, who are functionally equivalent boardgame designers, I believe.

Having played both Brass and Ticket to Ride recently, you can see how I got confused.

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So... anyone want to trade my Aeroplanes for Airlines Europe? I promise you'll hardly notice the difference. Oh, except that the Wallace game, of course, is much more of a random dice-fest.
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Maybe. I much prefer Wallace to Moon and would probably rather have Aeroplanes than Airlines (as UP is a much better game). But I would need to check with the wife you will be the opposite of me in this regard.
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Unfortunately, you outbid me for a copy of Aeroplanes at the auction, and I no longer have a copy of Airlines Europe to trade to you. But as far as Moon and Wallace being italicized as functionally-equivalent, I could not agree less. While both designers' games are often geographically themed, and both have made train and plane games, Moon's games are almost always based on a set-collection, card-drafting mechanic, and Wallace's games are almost always heavy economic simulations with debt as a core mechanic. I enjoy both designers' games, but I find Wallace's games more up to the task when looking for a deeper experience. Good luck finding Airlines Europe!
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tomchaps wrote:
At Endgame's wonderful auction last weekend, I snap bid on Martin Wallace's Aeroplanes; Aviation Ascendant, since my 7-year old is airplane-crazy and loves boardgames. It seems I made the classic mistake of confusing Alan Moon and Martin Wallace, who are functionally equivalent boardgame designers, I believe.

Having played both Brass and Ticket to Ride recently, you can see how I got confused.

shake

So... anyone want to trade my Aeroplanes for Airlines Europe? I promise you'll hardly notice the difference. Oh, except that the Wallace game, of course, is much more of a random dice-fest.


Doesn't Martin Wallace have a dog he named Alan Moon?

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tomchaps wrote:
.....Alan Moon and Martin Wallace, who are functionally equivalent boardgame designers, I believe..


Gee, I thought that was a tongue in cheek remark by the poster, a light hearted humorous way to unload the game, maybe not.

Not sure a 7 year old would enjoy any Wallace games, Moon yes, Wallace no. A lot of Wallace stuff is an acquired taste.

That beening said I once purchased a video thinking it was the book on EBay, both items use the exact image and some of the books come with a video. Does not pay to be looking at an auction on a mobile device, it is about to end, and the wife tells you to get a move on, she is ready to go.
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danamark wrote:
Gee, I thought that was a tongue in cheek remark by the poster, a light hearted humorous way to unload the game, maybe not.


You're probably right. Reading it again, it does sound a little more humorous. Darn the internet for not telling me what emotion was indicated when the sentence was written!
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mjacobsca wrote:
danamark wrote:
Gee, I thought that was a tongue in cheek remark by the poster, a light hearted humorous way to unload the game, maybe not.


You're probably right. Reading it again, it does sound a little more humorous. Darn the internet for not telling me what emotion was indicated when the sentence was written!


I just figured you were still mad at me for outbidding you.

I'm pretty sure, actually, that my son would enjoy Aeroplanes. He's certainly played more rules-heavy exception-laden games before. (He spent a couple of hours cuddled up with the rule book to Dungeon Lords this weekend, another Endgame purchase). A bigger problem is that you can't play it with only 2 players, frankly.

Also, I thought it was kind of funny that two thematically-close games by two such different designers would have Wallace's be the "dice-fest".
 
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I haven't played Aeroplanes, so I don't know if it is a dice-fest or a tight-economic-Euro that uses dice, but I'm looking forward to trying it some day.

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I just figured you were still mad at me for outbidding you.


I am. I dropped out of both auctions for the two copies just before they were sold, so that means one extra bidder cost me the game. Your fault. Definitely.
 
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