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I recently found a copy of Star Trek: Fleet Captains and its first expansion going for cheap on ebay due to a couple of the models being bust. I've been meaning to pick up some kind of miniatures game, and as a casual Trek fan I thought I'd check it out.

The game sells its self as the show in a box and it pretty much succeeds in that goal, with the Federation gameplay geared more towards exploration, the Klingons focused on combat, and the Romulans based on being sneaky bastards. Game length (and to a certain extent, complexity) is massively variable through the ship drafting mechanic at the start, and I've enjoyed the few games I've had enough to try and patch up the broken models.

I've managed to fix up two of the broken ships, but in order to finish the last one, I'm after a copy of the dial for the IRW Valdore. The ships stats can be tracked on its card in the ship deck, but the novelty of the click track hasn't yet worn off for me. If anyone here has a copy of the Valdore, I'd be massively grateful if you could scan in the dial from the ship's base and send me a copy so I can print it off and replace the dial from a spare base I have :D

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Anything Else / Re: Thirsty Meeples visit on Sun 25th Feb
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:32:18 AM »
I can't make this one, I'm afraid; but if anyone's ever visiting Sheffield, I can't recommend https://www.treehousesheffield.com/ highly enough. Great staff, food & selection of games :(y)

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News and Events / Re: €10 off at Amazon.de
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:06:46 PM »
Thanks for the tip!

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News and Events / Re: Cundco news: Teachers in 13 different colours!
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:57:39 AM »
Oh, I didn't realise Board Game Extras had them in stock too, thanks for the heads up! - I've been holding off buying the tertiary colour sets to see if meeplesource had any kind of celebratory sale after moving their HQ, but I can now hopefully save a bit on shipping if I can get them from BGE.

edit: nope, they've marked the prices up, so its actually cheaper to have them shipped from the US.

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News and Events / Re: Cundco news: Teachers in 13 different colours!
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:06:32 AM »
Meeplesource are selling 19 piece player sets that include both the abbot and ringmaster in brown, Orange, white, pink, and purple. Unfortunately, they don't have  have any unpainted, but they do have a set in lime green.

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News and Events / Re: Cundco news: Teachers in 13 different colours!
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:46:08 AM »
Interesting that they chose to include the lime green colour.

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News and Events / Re: Meeplesource Thanksgiving Event
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:38:37 AM »
I see they're also now selling complete 19-piece meeple sets in ten alt colours: pink, purple, orange, white, brown, lime, salmon, violet, sky blue, and turquoise.

Strange that they've decided not to include unpainted and tan sets, though.

When I looked at the websites it said they were selling unpainted?

Sorry, to clarify, when I said 19-piece meeple sets, I mean 8x regular followers, and 1x big follower, mayor, pig, barn, wagon, messenger, thief, abbott, builder, shepherd and ringmaster (or whatever the new one's called). They are selling sets of tan and unpainted regular meeples, but no sets that include all of the expansions, according to their latest email.

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News and Events / Re: Meeplesource Thanksgiving Event
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:29:37 AM »
I see they're also now selling complete 19-piece meeple sets in ten alt colours: pink, purple, orange, white, brown, lime, salmon, violet, sky blue, and turquoise.

Strange that they've decided not to include unpainted and tan sets, though.

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General / Re: Phantom and anniversary edition
« on: November 01, 2017, 01:23:27 PM »
The phantoms are slightly thinner than normal meeples. I never got the anniversary set, so I don't know how they compare there.

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http://www.meeplesource.com/products.php?cat=45&utm_source=MS%3A+Stupid%2C+octagons%2C+sticks%2C+vineyard+tees&utm_campaign=10-6-17+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

They have the classics: red, yellow, blue, green, grey, black; the alt colours: white, orange, purple, pink, brown, and 'unpainted' (amber coloured, here); and the website's signature set of meeple colours: lime, lavender, turquoise, salmon, tan and sky blue.

They're for sale individually, in bulk, or as a set of 18; and they're available in the standard 16mm or mini-meeple sized 12mm. Stock is described as 'very limited', though, so get em while they're around.

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Other Games / Re: Sheriff of Nottingham - review
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:15:58 PM »
Big fan of Sheriff of Nottingham, but man am I terrible at it.

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Other Games / Re: Tsuro ("The Way of the Path")
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:28:11 AM »
I like that the app has the two extra game modes to help keep it interesting: Longest Route, and Most Loops. In an attempt to translate these styles of play across to the physical version of the game, I posted a route calculator and loop tally onto BGG a while back, for anyone interested:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/143827/calculator-longest-route-most-loops-variants

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[Abbots and gardens] would seem pretty unlikely to me.

Actually, I'm going to retract that statement, or at least amend it. There might be a way that a gardens mini-expansion could be good for us dinosaur classic-art players and also make sense for HiG's (presumed) goals. Let's call this "Gardens in the Old World" and start with the following assumptions:
  • HiG might be willing to do limited special sets in the old artwork, if their purpose was to help sales of the new artwork and nudge more old-Carc players toward new-Carc.
  • The set would have to have minimal production overhead (use the most common cutting die, no new artwork to be commissioned, minimize production and packaging costs, etc.)
  • It would need to be attractive to a good number of classic-art collectors/players.
Based on those assumptions, if I were on staff at HiG, I would propose a mini expansion that
  • Encourages players who've been dragging their feet on the Abbots to buy Carc II in order to acquire them.
  • Uses the same production dies and shrink-wrapping as the castles/cathedrals/monasteries/etc. (and maybe doesn't even require a rulesheet; see below).
  • Brings Carc II gameplay into Carc I (but in a way that encourages you to own both).
I would attempt to achieve this with a six-tile set that provides Gardens, but not Abbots. It would be explained as a "conversion set" so that new-Carcassonne players can fully use their Abbots when playing exclusively with their classic-art tile collection. (Of course it would also have the perhaps-unstated purpose of strongly encouraging those who don't have Abbots to get off their butts and buy the new edition of the base game.)

I would start by identifying which two of the eight gardens in the Carc II base game are least interesting/most redundant with the other six. I think it's these two:



Then I'd render the other six, feature-for-feature, in the classic art style:


(Sorry, this artwork is low-res to avoid making HiG unhappy.)

The cundco page would explain that this is a conversion set for using your Abbots from Carcassonne II in those occasional games where you'd like to use only your Carcassonne I artwork tiles. It would have a statement that the Abbot and Garden rules from your Carcassonne II game would all apply. Thus, they could get away with not having to print a rulesheet with the Gardens in the Old World tile sheet. One component, 4.99 Euro on cundco, voila.

That's what I'd pitch as a member of the design team, anyway. (And as a customer, I'd probably buy two of these to use in my Carc games.) It's not a perfect set for us classic-art players, but it does have some potential to sell more Carc II boxes and thus I could see it working as a compromise with benefits for both players and the publisher.

This sounds like a well thought out solution, good work.

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Castles/Cathedrals/Monasteries of the UK would be nice to see.

Wasn't there some chatter about cundco doing some alt-coloured phantoms a while back? I'd love to see those.

Abbott/Garden tiles in original artwork would be sweet, too.

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Other Games / Re: KICKSTARTER (watch your purses)
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:56:48 AM »
Hmm.. I might be tempted, if they included a phantom in with the set.

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