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Scottie Wolfe

Android

Being a huge Arkham Horror fan, I was attracted to this game from the start.  I am strongly considering picking it up... has anyone tried this?  It looks quite long... but oh so worth it.
Nhoj

Well it was under the tree for me at Christmas.  I'm a huge fan of Bladerunner and this game oozes that film noir theme.

I'm also a huge fan of literary Science Fiction (SF - NOT scifi!) and the game has loads of references which I enjoy

As soon as I've played it I'll post a short review/synopsis

Regards

Nhoj
Doc Savage

I too have read a lot of SF in the past and a bit in the present, having discovered in the past couple of years Alistar Reynolds and Ken MacLeod. I'm curious how Android plays. I wonder if FFG looked into licensing Bladerunner or if they decided to be more generic.

I am not so defensive about "sci-fi", but there are many (Harlan Ellison) who feel it is derogatory.
Roberious

Re: Android

Scottie Wolfe wrote:
Being a huge Arkham Horror fan, I was attracted to this game from the start.  I am strongly considering picking it up... has anyone tried this?  It looks quite long... but oh so worth it.


Hi,
I am a huge FFG fan and moderate a few Yahoo groups of their games, Tannhauser, Descent, Arkham Horror, War of the Ring, World of Warcraft boardgame, Marvel Heroes, Mutant Chronicles LMG, Starcraft the boardgame, Tide of Iron and Warrior Knights, not all very active mind you.
I got Andriod at Christmas and have played it a number of times. It's a fantastic game, I think Kevin Wilson has made a masterpiece IMO, but not everyone thinks so. There is just so much to do during game play that sometimes it's hard to decide what direction to take with your detective. The theme is great and the production value fantastic. I highly recommend this game to players who don't mind spending a few hours learning a game and depending how many players sitting for a longer then usual sitting. I like it with three players best unless you all know the game quite well then 4 or 5 would probably be even better. It can be a long game, upto one hour per player but this will decrease as you get to know the game mechanics and can make decisions quicker. Can't wait to play it again and try out all the different characters.

Roberious
Doc Savage

Is Android cooperative or competitive or both? I LOVE Bladerunner more than you could possibly imagine. Will I think this is a rip off of it or just in the spirit of Bladerunner?

What is the address for the Tannhauser group? I would be curious to read what that community is like...
Malechi

Doc Savage wrote:
What is the address for the Tannhauser group? I would be curious to read what that community is like...

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/TannhauserGame/

Slow group compared to the FFG boards or this one. I have been a member for almost a year ... That and I added Savage Tales to the Links section there back when I joined!  wink
Doc Savage

Thanks, Malechi

My other question about Android is... can it be played solitaire?
Nhoj

OK I've played Android solitaire a few times now (but never to completion) - and also played twice with Polly (my wife), games we did complete.  So I have a some experience to draw upon.

For me Androiod is a tremendous game and I'll try to tell you why.  

The rules stipulate that the player who has read most SF should go first?  

Why go first?

Android is rich in the history of SF - this is not some Bladerunner clone - far from it.  If you are familiar with Phillip K Dick, Asimov, Robert A Heinlein and Frank Herbert - to name just a few.  This game just might be for you and should ring more than just a few bells.  

"What does it mean to be human?  How is a Robot different from a Clone?  Will we colonize the moon and perhaps Mars in the foreseeable future?"

The game does not answer these questions - How could it.  But it may spark conversation about the same.

It is a competetive game - it can feel like several directors trying to produce the best novel/film.  you might think you are playing an individual detective (and they are quite diverse) but you would be wrong.  

You are managing their story.

This, although it might appear to be one, is not a role playing game done up as a board game.  However, in my case, I still tended to identify with the character/detective I was playing/managing.  

It shoud not be a surpise that some imagination is required to round out some of the basic mechanics of the game - finding evidence and uncovering the conspiracy for instance - but for me it is worth it, for the ride alone.  Every game is a story.

Android is also steeped in another of my favourite genres.  American fim noir.  If you can think 'The Big Sleep', 'The Maltese Falcon' or more appropriately 'Kiss Me Deadly', you are investigating a murder........ but before you know it you are up to you neck in %$%.

This game is not for everyone - I can see that for some people it is an exercise in the mechanics of playing.  But for me it is an Essential and Welcome development in SF gaming

Regards all

Nhoj
Doc Savage

Thanks for the thoughtful answer. I will go and read the rules to see if I am interested enough to overcome my growing unFFG bias due to the lack of Tannhauser support...
Nhoj

Thanks Doc

Sometimes old sayings hold meaning

'Don't cut off your nose to spite your face' Banghead

Regards

Nhoj

ps - I have NO Intention of waiting for FFG to release further Tannhauser products.  I will be buying direct whenever I can

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