Wed, 21 December 2011
Mark and Jeff challenge tradition in what would --normally-- have been the Dusty Old Box segment of the show. Then, Jeff kicks us off with a deeper treatment of a PREVIOUS Dusty Old Box: Avalon Hill's Freedom In The Galaxy. Jeff takes a high level look at this game to answer his months-long question: is this game truly "ridiculous", as was once asserted? After Jeff's analysis of FitG, Marks tells us about the re-release of DungeonQuest by Fantasy Flight Games, with plenty of comparisons and contrasts with the previous edition of the game.
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Mark, Jeff, I enjoyed your commentary on Freedom in the Galaxy. The game was first published in 1979 by SPI. Avalon Hill did a 2nd printing of the game in 1981 with absolutely no changes to the game system. The game was published during the heyday of the War Gaming Industry (1977-1982). Back then, many War Games were 2-player games with 32 page rule books written in the Case System (i.e. [6.53]). That's the way war gamers back then expected to see rule books written, and many preferred them that way. With the death of the war gaming industry in the mid 80's, these types of games have disappeared and we are left mostly with old copies, worn and musty. I pulled out my old copy of FITG a couple Months ago and tried playing it with my 15 year old son. Your right, the rule book killed him - he couldn't get through it. He dutifully played a Star-System scenario with me to humor his Dad. The Action Cards were old and didn't shuffle well. So I made an iPhone App to shuffle the Cards. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitg-board-game-assistant/id488562065?mt=8 My game, though, will go back on the shelf and sit there with good memories. Andy