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Pencilvillage
Publisher: AndrewB
by Robert L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2019 08:23:30

Absolute cracker of a game, five stars! As others have mentioned it does exactly what it says on the tin. It scratches the 'I want to play a city builder/ dwarf fortress style game but want to be done within an hour' and it does this VERY well. The basc game has you building a village, creating an economy to aquire resources and in the late game send heroes off on mighty quests for loot and glory. Each round there is an event that keeps you on your toes and the goal of every game is very different depending on what you choose at the start.

The Good: 1. The turn 'process' is simple and gives the game a good 'flow' 2. Gameplay stays fresh throughout the play through as each time you upgrade your core building new mechanics become available 3. HEAPS of ways to customise your games from different characters, maps and modular 'mods' you can plug and play to change your experience 4. Pretty sure the Designer is an Aussie (he said crickey in the video) so that is an automaic +1 for me 5. Active Designer. Quick to respond to feedback and sounds like he is listening to his fanbase. +1 again Things to consider (potential bug bears)
  1. The rules are a bit hard to understand and important things (like the default number of actions per turn in 3) is easy to miss. The Youtube Videos clarify the game really well.
  2. The maps are in grey scale and the icons can be a bit tricky to tell apart (was not too much of an issue but the option to print in colour would be nice)
  3. It is a much lighter version than Pencil Town but I would reccomend both games depending on what experience you are after
Wishlist for improvements
  • Colour maps
  • New maps/ character packs (happy if seperate purchase)
  • Custom 'Scenerios' (custom map with unique mods/ events/ rules like a map with a rival evil castle or something or a win condition to slay the largest monster)
  • coastal expansion (I just want to be a Pirate King...)


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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Thanks so much for the glowing review. I really appreciate it :) Bugbears 1 and 2 will be improved soon, and at least half of your wishlist will come true :)
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Phantoms of the High Seas
Publisher: Monolith Graphics
by Robert L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/16/2011 18:42:53

This 21 track album fits well into any gothic/eerie nautical adventure. The tracks all have the feeling of foreboding or horror and are then spliced with the mood of the track. whether that be rolling over the waves of the high seas or engaging in a fierce cannon battle all the way to a simple, yet ominous jig. The album is too dark for a generic or heroic naval campaign but many tracks are great for a sinister twist for adventures on the waves. A great, if very specialized, soundtrack for a role-play.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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On the Open Sea
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Robert L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/16/2011 18:16:29

This 8:25 track is a fantastic for any nautical campaign. It captures the the theme well and starts off with great enthusiasm, much like the thrill of setting out for a journey. As the track goes on the boredom of sea life becomes apparent and the music reflects this well without becoming boring itself. Later still a sense of foreboding and danger subtly creep into the music until the finale of coming back into port and the excitement that follows. A great track for background music that loops seamlessly.

One great use that I have found for this track is using it to represent time between long journeys via ships as it gives the players a sense of both the excitement and boredom of the long journey without getting bogged down in tedious random encounters.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Post Apocalyptic City
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Robert L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/16/2011 18:06:28

This 8:12 track is certainly not a bad track, in fact I quite liked the guitar solo at the start (at the 0:55 mark), however I did have a few issues with it. The first issue was that it doesn't loop as well as the other tracks from Sonic Legends, even the song itself felt musically disjointed at times. The second issue I had with the track is that it didn't capture the desolation or desperation of the apocalypse it described in the description, more of a heroic fantasy apocalypse. Apart from these two issues it makes great background music for a heroic modern/post-apoc game as well as for painting music for wargamers.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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