Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Valley Games reprinting Titan!!!

From the same company that brought us Die Macher and Hannibal: Rome versus Carthage, now comes the long-overdue reprint of the monster slugathon game - Titan!!! Rejoice!

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At 7:53 PM, April 24, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

And Republic of Rome too!

(coincidentally I read about this game about 4mo ago or so, and was really really interested).

When is Dune coming out?

 
At 8:26 PM, April 24, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

Rob, I have Republic of Rome. I got it years ago but was never able to figure it out! I'll give you $10.00 to figure it out for me!!

I never did play Titan, but it seems to have quite a following.

 
At 10:42 PM, April 24, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Titan: The best 12-hour game I've ever played.

 
At 8:19 AM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I also own Republic of Rome. I understand the rules, but not how to play *well*. I'll bet if we do play it, the first couple of games will feel like Fluxx, in that after a while someone will suddenly say "Oh wait, I think I win." Although for RoR, it'll probably be the game itself that says that.

 
At 8:37 AM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

If you want to play Titan now to treat your anticipation, just download Colossus, the Java-based version with very competent AI opponents and lots of cool variants as options. I particularly enjoy the option that adds an undead creature recruiting chain.

 
At 8:09 PM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

I could not help but check. A good version of Titan goes for about $150.00 on ebay.

 
At 10:55 PM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

What I read was Chris Farrell's thoughts from last year. Seemed intriguing.

 
At 10:55 PM, April 25, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

It just sounds VERY different from everything else I own.

 
At 6:18 AM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

The one thing the game could use are quality battle boards. The AH ones are pretty ugly and printed on card stock.

Titan is a great game, and one of my all-time favorites. That said, I don't think I'd want to play more than once a year or so for two reasons that are widely discussed on BGG: game length and player elimination. You can easily be eliminated 1 hour into an 8-12 hour game. If so, you better have a PS2 handy and hope someone else bites the dust soon too, or its just time to go home.

 
At 7:18 AM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Brian, Amy, Jeff, and I played a game of Titan on a Monday about 6 or 8 months ago. It took about 2.5 hrs if I recall.

From what I've heard the game length issue rises from a certain amount of turtling.

 
At 8:55 AM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Jeff said...

Brian and I each have a copy, so if anyone wants to try-before-they-buy, I'm sure we can manage that.

The player elimination is my biggest gripe, with downtime being a close second. Having a GameCube/PS2/Xbox, some CCG decks, or a novel on hand is a good idea. Experienced players and those with excellent memories can track the contents of each army (the identity of the units are announced upon recruitment, but are then hidden until they begin a battle) and knowing which stacks to avoid and which ones to smash makes for a faster game.

It is a gaming experience like no other. If you enjoy "Ameritrash" at all, you must play Titan at least once. I think Michael Barnes will come over to your house, revoke your gaming license, and insult your drapes if you don't.

 
At 2:29 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

The better the players are, I think the quicker the game will be. I've seen people get to the top of the recruiting chains in what seemed like the minimum possible number of turns, then lay waste to the other stacks on the board. Colossus versus Centaur = squish mark.

The games that take a long time are when less skilled people (like me) recruit and move around at random and avoid fighting so as not to disrupt their slow march up the recruiting trees.

My favorite monster = Serpent (as it is in the pseudo-sequel Colossal Arena!).

 
At 2:53 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Amy said...

Yes, you should all try-before-you-buy -- so Jeff and I can get in some more 3+ player games!

 
At 5:50 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

As has been mentioned already (My DSL was out for 2 days. Stupid storm). Titan speeds up quite a bit once you know it (or have an experienced player driving the game along).

I know I've played over 100 FTF games of Titan. It may be 250. Assuming 3-4 experienced players, I expect it to take 2-3 hours. (Two player games take ~1 hour, but the really interesting ones take longer).

I've also played ~5 games of RoR. (I sold my copy for big bucks). I wouldn't mind playing again, since there are sets around. I can teach it. It's an all-day saturday game, though.

Haven't decided if I'll buy it again. It's actually worse than Titan ... you can be practically eliminated but still have to pay attention for a few hours.

 
At 10:37 PM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Carlos Pena said...

Brian, I think a few of us would love to try RoR. I can bring my unpunched copy...unless you thik that I could also sell it for big bucks!

 
At 9:53 AM, April 28, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

Republic of Rome really does require a full day set aside for it. (A 'learning game' one monday night could be done ... but we won't finish).

And bring lots of bags for when it gets punched.

You may be able to sell a copy for $100+ still. The announcement isn't quite widely known yet, eBay lags BGG by a few weeks). I'm not selling my copy of Titan, but if I had a copy of RoR I'd have put it for sale pretty quickly after the announcement.

 

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