Hating on HATE

(Editor’s Note: A previous version of this post said that HATE was designed by Eric Lang. Actually, the Kickstarter page says this: “Created by the same design team who brought you the Zombicide series, under the supervision of Eric Lang…”. I regret the error and the post has been amended)

Yesterday saw the Kickstarter launch of one of the most divisive games that I’ve seen in a long time.

Why do I say “divisive?”

Because every boardgame content creator that I follow on Twitter (and I follow a lot) universally condemned the game but it also hit almost $500,000 in the first few hours, with almost 4500 backers.

What game am I talking about?

The new design from CMON Games, HATE.

HATE is based on the Chronicles of Hate graphic novel series by Adrian Smith. The world of HATE is a brutal post-apocalyptic world where tribes viciously fight each other for resources.

(All pictures are from the Kickstarter page)

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Yeah, that’s not subtle

The first indication that this was going to be a divisive game was the trailer.

The trailer is full of sadistic and foul language in an effort to earn its “Mature Audiences” rating. The narrator emphasizes every “fuck” like he’s an 8-year-old who just heard the word, realizes that it pisses off his parents, and wants to keep using it as much as possible.

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First Impressions – Modern Art

I’m not a huge fan of auction games. I’m just not great at figuring out value for money and deciding when to stop bidding on something.

Probably why I don’t do the family finances.

For some reason, though, the first time I played Modern Art, I was enthralled with the game.

I still sucked at it, but was enthralled.

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Modern Art is a game designed by Reiner Knizia, originally published in 1992, though I played the new edition of the game published by CMON Limited in 2017.

The game has artwork by Carole Carrion, Manuel Carvalho, Chen Cheng-po, Mike Doyle, Pete Fenlon, Paul Laane, Ramon Martins, Daniel Melim, Rafael Silveira, Sigrid Thaler, and Zeilbeck & Natzeck Design Company.

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Another Civilization Game Coming?

Every year, just before GenCon, Fantasy Flight Games makes a bunch of new announcements that get the game world buzzing.

Last week there were two: the Fallout: the Boardgame announcement (for which I’m pumped) and the announcement of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition (which didn’t do much for me since I’m not into 10-hour games…and yes, I exaggerate….a little).

This week, just a couple of days before GenCon opens, you can add another game to the list.

Also arriving in late 2017, Sid Meier’s Civilization: a New Dawn is another world-building civilization game (hey, maybe that’s why they named it that…you think?)

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This is a cool-looking title with a map of the world that you create every time you play.

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Fallout: the Boardgame Coming in late 2017

Video games and board games have often had a bit of cross over (though I’m waiting for the First-Person Shooter version of Catan, myself).

Titles like XCom: the Board Game come to mind as games based on video game franchises that actually end up being pretty good games (or so I’ve heard, as I haven’t played this particular one).

So imagine the shouts of glee upon seeing the Fantasy Flight Games announcement that Fallout: the Boardgame is coming in 4th Quarter 2017! I know I did a double take, and started drooling a bit after reading more of the announcement on their site.

(Hat tip to Boardgame Blitz podcaster Crystal for pointing this out on Twitter)

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What a cover! (Ok, it’s basically the video game cover, but at a much larger size and thus a much larger “ooooooooo” factor).

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Review – Würfel Bohnanza

There’s something to be said for a really good filler game, one that can be really short or longer if you have the time, but it doesn’t take much energy or too much thought.

There’s also something to be said for a good dice game. We all like chucking dice, right? (Put your hand down, Jason. I know you don’t)

What a perfect combination of all of that in Würfel Bohnanza, the dice version of the classic bean-harvesting card game.

This game is designed by Uwe Rosenberg, art by Björn Pertoft and published by Amigo Spiel Games and 999 Games.

I know what you’re saying. “Dave, I just don’t get it. How can harvesting beans be fun?”

Sounds like a dirty job. But it truly isn’t!

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Look at all those beautiful dice!

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Flash Point: Tragic Events expansion on Kickstarter

No sooner do I pledge (see what I did there) that I won’t back any more Kickstarters this year (other than The Networks: Executives, of course), then I see word that there’s a new Flash Point: Fire Rescue expansion just popping up on Kickstarter.

Flash Point is a cooperative game where you are all firefighters attempting to save victims in a burning building of some kind. It’s a really fun game that I haven’t played in quite a while but definitely want to rectify that soon.

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Using the Kickstarter image

Called Tragic Events, this expansion will have no new boards, so you’ll still be using the same buildings as before.

So what does the expansion have, you ask?

I have a burning desire to tell you

(ok, I’ll get my coat)

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The Networks: Executives expansion Kickstarter in September

I’m relatively new to the whole Kickstarter phenomenon, but I’ve backed a few things earlier.

I had decided, however, to not back any more games this year, but with one exception.

Today, Gil Hova (designer of the phenomenal The Networks) announced today that the Kickstarter for the Networks expansion will be opening on September 5!

Called The Networks: Executives, this expansion will add a bunch of new stuff to an already great game.

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