Coolstuffinc has had Star Wars: Armada on sale for $40 down from $75. Well, they did up until about an hour ago. The sale price ended Christmas Day. Although I would characterize myself as Armada-curious, I've held off ordering it for several reasons.
1) Whether it's $40 or $75, the core set is just the beginning. $20 Nebulon B Frigates! $30 Star Destroyers! $12 for moar squardrons of fighters! $25 for some ship no one's ever heard of that Fantasy Flight invented to make more money!
2) I don't know anyone with whom I can consistently play.
2a) I have no interest in owning a game just to play it with strangers.
3) I'm mainly interested in Armada for the campaign mode. Which it actually doesn't even have! It's an expansion that's not out yet.
4) I've already got a few things in my Coolstuffinc cart, so there's no need to include Armada to hit the $100 free shipping threshold.
So, count me out, thankyouverymuch. After a few days of not getting it because I refuse to take part in yet another Fantasy Flight boondoggles, just before midnight, I put it into my cart and hurried through the checkout process before I could take it back. I am now the not-so-proud owner of Star Wars: Armada, a dippy game about scooching toy space ships around on a table.
Also, I got Bora Bora from my Secret Santa! I don't know much Stefan Feld. I have Trajan and I really want to like it. I mean, I don't have a problem with Feld's point salad approach. There's nothing inherently wrong with salad! But Trajan's stupidly complicated and very unRoman mancalas break my brain. So Trajan sits way back in the back of my closet. But after breaking down the Bora Bora components and reading the rules, I'm delighted to discover what looks like a colorful and mancala-less take on Feld's point salad model. I'm eager to play it!