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01-07-2018, 05:25 PM
#11
Joined: Jul 2013
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 981
I've been reading this series for years. I'm kind of interested in others' impressions before I dive in.
01-07-2018, 07:07 PM
#12
Joined: Aug 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 351
Is there some sort of high score list / win loss statistics in the game?

01-08-2018, 04:11 AM
#13
Joined: Jul 2016
Posts: 238
I like the game but i think it is too mechanical in the sense that I am a bit divided on "does it feel like you are in the book and part of the history?". The showdown is probably the worst part because unliie Dresden books, it feel anti climatic. It does not feel like a showdown, more like a "roll the dice to see if you have won".
However, i don't think anyone would dislike it. People who like dresden have stuff here, people who like boardgames have stuff to like too. It's just, as a dresden and bg fan, i wanted more feeling. I wanted the game to feel like an adventure, not a mechanical boardgame. Because if you take the names out, it plays the same (though the abilities are cooly tied to the characters).
01-08-2018, 03:06 PM
#14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Avaniar View Post
I like the game but i think it is too mechanical in the sense that I am a bit divided on "does it feel like you are in the book and part of the history?". The showdown is probably the worst part because unliie Dresden books, it feel anti climatic. It does not feel like a showdown, more like a "roll the dice to see if you have won".
However, i don't think anyone would dislike it. People who like dresden have stuff here, people who like boardgames have stuff to like too. It's just, as a dresden and bg fan, i wanted more feeling. I wanted the game to feel like an adventure, not a mechanical boardgame. Because if you take the names out, it plays the same (though the abilities are cooly tied to the characters).
Thank you. I really loved the books as a kid. A traditional rpg of the license or something like Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf game for iOS would’ve been sweet. I’m not really into card games, though since gaming on iOS I have bought and played a few here and there that are really really good so I’m thinking about picking this up on the license alone. Not sure tho. I’m still on the fence. I’m watching gameplay videos now to help me decide.
01-08-2018, 09:00 PM
#15
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 770
I see it says the number of players 1-5. How’s this play as a single player? Do you play as more than one player or do you just play as one? Does that make it too hard?
Thanks in advance

Loving games since the 80's. War, puzzle, poInt/click, RPG, strategy, space, dungeon & just about anything else.
01-08-2018, 09:05 PM
#16
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 20
As someone that owns the board game and all expansions, this is a great deal relative to buying the physical game.

Game makes fantastic use of its license. Each scenario matches a book, and if you're familiar with the book you'll recognize the major elements in the scenario. As a fan of the books, I love this.

Gameplay is like a multiplayer puzzle; one that changes each time due to the cards you draw each game.

As mentioned, this isn't a deck builder. You get a starting hand and maybe 1-2 players will draw another card or two. But for the most part you'll play the initial hand and that's it. Since there are some cards that are better than others, this can be annoying when you are unlucky.

Overall I like the game as a Dresden fan. But as a long time gamer, without the theme this wouldn't be worth another look in my group. Even with the theme, the only people interested in playing are Dresden fans.
01-09-2018, 07:29 AM
#17
Joined: Oct 2017
Location: Germany
Posts: 64
My impression

I usually like this kind of games.
I like coops, card games, board games, strategy games and much more.
Well, I had no clue what the Dresden Files are beside the fact that a city here in germany is called Dresden.

Yesterday I installed the game and I played about 20 games along the first 5 books as I didn‘t purchase any additional content.
I can see that this game is fun for some people and I have to admit that if I wouldn‘t have had fun at all, I would‘ve stopped right away.
As of today there is no more motivation left to continue playing.
8 euro was already an investment and I can‘t see me buying additional content.

There are 4 card types for each scenario and beside the enemies, the other cards always have the same art.
Some cards are linked and affect others if solved but there is no real story told, you just see the names on the cards.
Some scenarios have one more obstacle card others one more enemy and of course the values on the cards differ.
I do not want to say that each scenario exactly feels the same way but I will usually always try to remove the yellow crads at first which symbolize penalties (German was pre-set as language in the settings, I usually play all games in english but I didn‘t change that yesterday. Sorry if I don‘t get the correct expressions for some card types).
You will also try to get the purple cards really fast as they give some benefits.
If I play the first scenario/book, it always consists of the same cards, this also applies for the other books. Only the order of the cards will be different. It would be much more interesting if some key cards would be involved and other cards would be chosen out of a card pool for the scenario to make it more special.

On the other hand there are characters which also have 4 card types to overcome enemies, solve cases and so on.
I have to admit that they are a little bit unique in some way and dependent on the book you will choose a character which is better suited to face enemies or solve cases.
You will just draw approx. half of your deck for each book regarding each character and that‘s it. Sometimes a purple card will let you draw another card or 2 of them and after all cards were distributed there are no more random elements. You will just roll sometimes some fate dice to determine the range/cost/impact of your actions. In my opinion a lot of stuff is straightforward done to finish a book. The showdown on the other hand is a luck fest and you will just roll dice.
For me the 5 base characters are sufficient and I won‘t spend more money to get more books or characters.
There is a card database in the game and I had a look at the remaining cards.
I can‘t deny that each character has his own deck, minor and major ability but they are not special enough for me to invest more money.
Some special abilities of cards are just the equivalent of other cards and the only difference between them is that they affect green cards instead of red cards or the beginning of a card row instead of the end for example.

My intention isn‘t to bash this game, this are just my feelings.
01-09-2018, 09:36 AM
#18
Joined: Aug 2014
Location: Belgium
Posts: 351
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roger the Alien View Post
I usually like this kind of games.
I like coops, card games, board games, strategy games and much more.
Well, I had no clue what the Dresden Files are beside the fact that a city here in germany is called Dresden.

Yesterday I installed the game and I played about 20 games along the first 5 books as I didn‘t purchase any additional content.
I can see that this game is fun for some people and I have to admit that if I wouldn‘t have had fun at all, I would‘ve stopped right away.
As of today there is no more motivation left to continue playing.
8 euro was already an investment and I can‘t see me buying additional content.

There are 4 card types for each scenario and beside the enemies, the other cards always have the same art.
Some cards are linked and affect others if solved but there is no real story told, you just see the names on the cards.
Some scenarios have one more obstacle card others one more enemy and of course the values on the cards differ.
I do not want to say that each scenario exactly feels the same way but I will usually always try to remove the yellow crads at first which symbolize penalties (German was pre-set as language in the settings, I usually play all games in english but I didn‘t change that yesterday. Sorry if I don‘t get the correct expressions for some card types).
You will also try to get the purple cards really fast as they give some benefits.
If I play the first scenario/book, it always consists of the same cards, this also applies for the other books. Only the order of the cards will be different. It would be much more interesting if some key cards would be involved and other cards would be chosen out of a card pool for the scenario to make it more special.

On the other hand there are characters which also have 4 card types to overcome enemies, solve cases and so on.
I have to admit that they are a little bit unique in some way and dependent on the book you will choose a character which is better suited to face enemies or solve cases.
You will just draw approx. half of your deck for each book regarding each character and that‘s it. Sometimes a purple card will let you draw another card or 2 of them and after all cards were distributed there are no more random elements. You will just roll sometimes some fate dice to determine the range/cost/impact of your actions. In my opinion a lot of stuff is straightforward done to finish a book. The showdown on the other hand is a luck fest and you will just roll dice.
For me the 5 base characters are sufficient and I won‘t spend more money to get more books or characters.
There is a card database in the game and I had a look at the remaining cards.
I can‘t deny that each character has his own deck, minor and major ability but they are not special enough for me to invest more money.
Some special abilities of cards are just the equivalent of other cards and the only difference between them is that they affect green cards instead of red cards or the beginning of a card row instead of the end for example.

My intention isn‘t to bash this game, this are just my feelings.
Thank you for your extensive impressions, very much appreciated!
01-09-2018, 10:13 AM
#19
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 304
I am enjoying this game, but I'm not sure why. I am a fan of the books, and I loved the short-lived series, so maybe that's it. I've been playing over and over again on "easy" and I always lose. There just aren't enough cards to burn for fate to finish anything. That, and there appears to be too much luck involved. That could add to replay ability, but 9 out of 10 dice rolls go against me, so it's frustrating.
01-09-2018, 11:39 PM
#20
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 304
Seriously about to delete this stupid game. After reaching 0-40 on "easy" I've come to realize that the game is simply unwinnable. Very frustrating. What is the point of the Showdown? I spend my remaining Fate points (the ones I got for discarding cards late in the game because there are never enough Fate points to actually use any damn cards), to get a result of zero on every dice roll. In 40 games, I've removed two cards total in the Showdown, EVER.