Digital Boardgaming opinions?

Blood Rage is getting hammered in reviews. Apparently the online multiplayer is broken (it locks up a lot).

Yah, that (I think) happened to me. I did a quick match and we got through the first age no problem. Second age, a player forfeited and then the AI took over. There was a big fight in the center and someone looked like they went AFK, the clock ticked down and then I got, again, a player forfeited message. I bailed on the game then.

When I get a chance to play either people from here, or my regular gaming group, I will have a better idea of just how messed up it is, or just internet people being people.

wasn’t it in EA for a while? Either they don’t check the feedback or didn’t care. Maybe they got pressure from the publisher. Release it at 28052020 or skip the release bonus or something. I feel bad for the devs, usually it’s a management issue, when it is released in a buggy state.

No EA.

They had a 3 week “beta” that was in worse shape than this. They do have a fix in test for the multiplayer issue, though.

I didn’t realize it’s Exocet that made it. I haven’t played Catan Universal, but I hear it has a lot off issues.

It’s a fairly consistent issue with Asmodee digital releases.

Scythe, Terraforming Mars, now this.

With the lockdown in effect I have been playing Terraforming Mars 2-3 times a week with different people from my boardgame group remotely. Certainly not a great app but seems to work fine nowadays.

Not a good app but good enough for a pandemic huh? I’m guessing that’s not what they were going for. heh.

Asmodee is a shit company that destroyed Fantasy Flight Games. Just wanted to get that off my chest.

Understood… but many of their apps work just fine. I use them in MP… a lot. I don’t understand why Terra would be different.

This dev team deserves more love. They have steadily been adding meaningful improvements to an already great base game.

Note my comments are around the single player game with AI opponents. No idea on multiplayer if that is important to you.

The game itself is really clean and elegant but with enough variant mechanics to main your interest. Great coffee/compile break game.

I have an idea because… I play it. I kick started that video game, and it’s a lot of fun, AI or player. It’s also cross-platform. Now if you don’t like the boardgame, well it’s probably not going to change anyone’s mind on that. It does make keeping track of stuff super easy though. I like the animations as well.

So MP away!

edit: forgot to mention, I play Android and Steam. My partner uses an Ipad… no issues really with either. I recall only one game kind of having an issues many moons ago.

Terraforming Mars and Scythe were complete clusterfucks on release.

Scythe STILL is.

Is Terraforming Mars good now? I ask because I seem to recall Tom saying it was a great boardgame, and I would love to try it!

It’s an excellent board game. The app is better than it was at launch, and I’ve been able to play and enjoy a half dozen rounds with various qt3 people, but I wouldn’t call it “good”. It’s still plagued by several baffling interface and usability issues that waste time and detract from the underlying quality.

Yeah, agreed. It’s perfectly functional but it takes some getting used to if you want to be able to understand the current game state. Good enough for lockdown games with friends.

The AI is pretty weak though, and the slowness of the interface (even on fastest speed) makes playing against the AI frustrating.

Well sure, but they have around 30 games via their digital front. Those two seem to be the exception, and these days I hear more about Terra’s issue than Scythes. That might be because people gave up talking about it outside a few boards/topics.

I haven’t had that many problems with Scythe, but most of my experience is with a few friends mimicking our face-to-face sessions. Honestly, the big thing for me is not being able to have an undo in casual games. There have been plenty of times someone has had an “oh, shit” moment and we would be ok with an undo.

Every game should have an Undo button that is available until you end your turn, or an action that reveals a result of some kind… the exception being simultaneous games… And yeah, I don’t care if it slows down slight. If that’s a concern, make it an option and advertise options to avoid games that have it if some people out there are so concerned about it.

Yay! Glad its fun multiplayer as well! A nice fun game!

I am super impressed by board game arena. Really well implemented, very good range of games, and you only need one prmium player to access premium games. My group is using it a lot. If anyone hasnt given it a try yet for lockdown gming i really recommend it.