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Sigh here comes another catastrophic snow storm. 
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What To Look For While Playtesting?

A few friends and I are playtesting the next expansion for Eclipse. We've played it twice now, and are hoping to get in another game or two before the feedback deadline. We've been taking notes and offering feedback after each game. We've asked for clarification on some of the new rules, as well as made observations on how some of the new features play.

My question is: When you have people playtest your games, what do you want to hear? How do you want your testers to approach your game?
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+John Armstrong Imagine: a card that means the sun never sets if there are 4 events in play; a card that turns players into vampires if they are all in the same place on the board and a card that destroys all buildings. You need a lot of things to happen, but if they do you might have all the players dead. 

Essentially: anything that requires more than one parameter of the game to be in effect at once and both by set to an extreme range. 
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Teaching Letters From Whitechapel to the in-laws. Don't tell them where Jack's hideout is. 
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I like to be a policeman, but absolutely love to be Jack.

In the same genre you can try The Fury of Dracula, but be warned: it inserts some action mechanics in the pure "hide and seek" base. 
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Second play of Goa in progress. #NowPlaying
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Lol playing without the plantations coming with spices on them scarey stuff. The rule changes between editions where mainly weakening the Explorer column as that had turned out to be a best path to victory. The Explorer deck got a lot of little tweeks like removing the (A)ction requirement to use the gold upgrade as no one would use it in the 1st edition as it was no worth it. They also added round markers and action markers which really improve game play as everyone would always be asking what round/action are we on. If you have the option I say go with the Z-Man edition as I own both editions. They also added more tiles so the auction will have more variety game to game.
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The wife and I both have our birthdays in February, so we decided to invite people over for a birthday bash game day. We started at 11am because we were expecting snow, and the last group of people left at 10pm. Eleven hours of gaming later, and I could have kept going...
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That's a great turnout. What's a good birthday celebration
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Welp, we got the Germany / Northeastern USA map and Rising Sun expansions for Trains, and today I finally combined them all into one box. Not a lot of room for much else in there.

For those curious, we're having mixed reactions to Rising Sun. The new board is nice, what with 2p maps and all. But after three plays I have to say the cards are leaving something to be desired. The synergy among them isn't as enjoyable as in the base game. Waste seems harder to manage. There was one game where neither of us bought 6-cost cards because we never got that much money in one turn.

Next time we'll combine old and new cards to see how they play together. 
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+Moe Tousignant Rising Sun.

+Craig Bowser Soon.
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Eclipse Rules Question

When, exactly, do you have turns? Clearly the Action phase, but any other time? Combat? The rules for the Upkeep phase don't talk about players taking turns per se.

I ask because it was a technicality that came up recently and I don't know the answer.
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First of all, +Paul Slawson, that is very, very, very exciting. Second, I would interpret that as any time during your go in the action phase UNLESS it is some kind of interrupt ability, in which case I'd say any time during the action taking phase, at anyone's go.
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So many Ancients. #Eclipse
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Played this for my first time last night. It was enjoyable. 
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He was a godsdamned icon. A sci-fi god. He's like the Jon Lennon of Space Ships and Laser Guns. Minus the assassination, obviously. And Vulcan death grips instead of laser beams.
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Cool Stuff Inc is having their President's Day Sale. Lots of good deals, including Star Realms for a mere $7.99.

Looks like it runs from the 16th to the 22nd.
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Land of the free, Neil. ;)
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Trying out the Mountains of Madness expansion for Eldritch Horror. #NowPlaying
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+Paul Slawson We had three rumors on the first three turns of the game due to Ithaqua and the Storm mythos, which spawned a generous amount of clues.
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Meanwhile, my respect for Shirley Manson just shot through the roof.

"Ps. I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”
The foundation of its faith in musical awards shows shaken by Kanye West’s publicity stunt impassioned pro-Beyoncé protest at the Grammys on Sunday, a desperate nation turns to its musical elders for guidance. “But what about ’90s alt-rock band Garbage and its frontwoman Shirley Manson?,” it cries.
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Amy Winehouse in one of her songs says.. 'For a cunt like Kanye' .. he's always been an asshole, look who he married .. the biggest ass in the world.. he's a done deal anyway. fuck emmmm.. 
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