Why Spend $70 On A … Board Game?

I recently bought Pandemic Legacy for $69.99.

I’m a HUGE fan of the designers and the publisher.  Pandemic is a great game, too, but I actually put the release date of “Legacy” on my calendar, took an early lunch, and bought it the moment our local hobby store unlocked the doors.  But let’s get real: it’s just a board game. And that seems like a waste to spend THAT much money on a box of cardboard, right? Well, it is until you think about this:

Games are a form of entertainment.  Pandemic Legacy plays like a TV season with rich storytelling that you interact with as you play.  But if you were to go, say, to a movie, it would cost you $11 for a 2-hour story.  If you have a date, you could see 3 movies together.

That’s 6 hours with one person and no talking.

Pandemic Legacy is a game for up to 4 players.  So, you could spend the same amount of money and get ~40 hours together with double the people and infinity the conversation.

This game has only been on the table twice (out of a potential 24 times) and each time the gameplay and the story have not only created memories with the guys around the table but the game has opened up several points to connect with one another.

I like movies, but I’d rather spend $70 on a game that puts you face-to-face with your friends and provides hours of community and memory-making.

If you’ve never considered the board game world before as a way to have fun together, hit me up and I’ll suggest some great entry games.  And maybe someday soon you can help me stop the spread of devastating global disease instead of just watching Laurence Fishburn do it.

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King of New York – Game Preview

 

This is my first game from iello, I haven’t even played it yet, but I had fun just opening the box!  A few highlights that made me want to play it even more:

Monster Cards:

Why?  Because they’re fun and the art is GREAT!  A lot of the time I think games become TOO complicated when each character has their own traits, abilities, etc.  Not King of New York.  Each Monster wins with the same amount of victory points and dies with the same amount of damage.  You BUY the specials (covered in a just a second) so really, to pick your monster, it’s as simple as which one will you have the most fun with?

Also, we’re not bogged down with tokens/chits/chips because of the simple dual-dial system on the Monster Cards.  See that tiny curve of a circle on the left of the image?  That’s a dial that lets you keep track of your VP and another one for health.  Very innovative and easy.

Enhancements:

Why?  It looks like a lot of creativity went into these cards and, again, the art is fantastic!  You can “buy” these cards throughout the game by spending energy cubes that you’ve collected (hoarded?)  You get those by dice rolling and the cost is in the upper left corner of each card.

King of Tokyo has a Power Up Pack (additional enhancement cards) and that must mean that King of New York will get one.  When I was trying to decide between the two, I chose New York because it was newer and it’s almost guaranteed that more cards will be added to the game.

 

So that’s the preview!  Now I can’t wait to actually play it and write a review of it!