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Review: Agents of SMERSH

The whole box, everything in it, is a massive love-letter to Tales. Flash Portraits of Link: The Intel tokens are kept face down until the end of the game, at which point you turn all your collected tokens face-up and hope you have enough of each type to match the symbols of whatever spot Dr. Creeping Cedar July 1, Look, at its heart, this is an art form I love—paragraph books! To understand Agents of Smersh it is important that you understand Tales first, so either read on or skip the next six paragraphs while you change your pants.

smersu Image by BGG user Grumsh. Mayfair released a Lone Wolf and Cub game in designed by Matthew J Costellomore recognisably based on that than on Tales but with a book of tales that had less than fifty paragraphs and rules so badly printed that it was literally unplayable: Biography of a Place September 3, Then, using this 3-digit combination lock, you or another player look up the appropriate paragraph from the—.

Unfortunately, the HenchMinions are basically just tests in disguise, with art and biographical information. Big board with a map of the world, character sheets for the player characters, decks of encounter cards, matrices, an enormous book of tales here called the Book of Encounters with mini-scenarios on it.

Agents wants to have its cake and eat it: I usually offer to just read the paragraphs for everyone else.

Along the way, you have encounters, which resolve almost exactly like the ones in Tales, except not quite. No prizes for guessing which describes me. Agent Verbose reporting for duty! Characters in Agents are more complex than the ones in Tales without being better. The Lies We Tell December 26, The game needed an editor. Video Games December 17, Tales of the Arabian Nights is a game that divides people.

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Some of them are shockingly long and describe what might be 20 minutes of footage in an actual movie. Which is fine, because the heart of the game is in the paragraph textswhich can be action sequences, dialogue exchanges, or even full-on vignettes. While frequently exciting and hilarious, it means that more often than not, the games tend to play out like a series of disconnected bitsas if each turn was fifteen seconds from a different trailer for a different spy movie.

Assuming everyone likes to read aloud and look up paragraphs. Dammit, James Bond is cool. People made fortunes and lost fortunes, sometimes in the same turn. So those with a knack for reading between lines will have noticed that of the three parts I mentioned in determining what paragraph to look up, only one is determined by the players.

Tales is an awesomely fun game, but it is flawed. February 9th, by Chris Holly. This Fall, I Look at Death: The winner was a monkey on a flying carpet: The other problem is that Agents of Smersh is one of those children, like Carol Thatcher or Chelsea Clinton, whose parent is so dominant that it can never get away from them to build its own identity no matter how hard it tries. You may also like.

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There have been imitators. Mausoleum July 24, There are a couple of lessons for game designers here.

Too much randomness, too much silliness, too many Magyan Fire-Worshippers and sex-change springs for that crowd. If your collected Intel matches the number and kind of Intel on his track when you finally track him down, you win. Green Linden Press December 17, Agente are cooperating but the chances for their characters to work together are just as few as the opportunities in Tales for qgents to beat up on each other.

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Lobo before he conquers the world. What is Agents of Smersh? Having all the intel on the board vanish if the number of counters passes an arbitrary amount makes sense for gameplay, but not narratively—and Agents is above all a narrative game.

It never admits it of course, the publishers are probably afraid of being sued, but its teenage crush is blatant and really quite sweet.

First editions are still reasonably priced and available on the BGG Marketplace, but 8th Summit is also taking pre-orders now for a revised 2nd edition. The last time I played, I spent most of the game Scorned, then went On Pilgrimage to get rid of the Scorned status, and while still on pilgrimage I became Scorned again. A Review of Three Books February 2, rulds And either this is so much your idea of fun that you have literally played your original copy of the game to destruction, or you would much rather be reading about the latest expansion to Trainy Train Training Time.

Alas, when they meet it turns out that your hireling is the foe in question. Run-On Sentences, Eating Tacos. Characters in Agents are no longer a mess of skills and statuses, instead they have five attributes that go up and down, plus Resolve Energy and Wounds, which really could have been the same stat. That great mechanic I praised earlier, the one where you have to balance extending the game versus going after Lobo smersn to win with less Intel?

Where to Get It: Switchback Books December 4, It has a gorgeous map as a board, but no real reason to be exploring it or to head for any destination in particular.