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2022-01-16 6:33:02 PM  
Well that explains why it is leaving Game Pass after all of these years.
 
2022-01-16 6:41:08 PM  
LET'S GO GABEN!
 
2022-01-16 6:52:14 PM  

RedPhoenix122: LET'S GO GABEN!


You're blaming Gabe for what a different publisher has decided to do?

Goddamn, I hate idiots.
 
2022-01-16 7:27:09 PM  
They cancelled plans to give it away free on Epic as part of their weekly giveaway two years ago. At the time it was said to be in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It's possible they're delisting and removing it for a similar reason today.
 
2022-01-16 7:35:14 PM  
Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....
 
2022-01-16 10:13:27 PM  

Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....


How close is the game to PLague, Inc in design? I've never tried this one.
 
2022-01-16 10:45:58 PM  

Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....


Maybe they're updating it with some real world data. These past few years have been...telling.
 
2022-01-16 11:08:08 PM  

Mikey1969: Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....

How close is the game to PLague, Inc in design? I've never tried this one.


Completely different
 
2022-01-16 11:20:48 PM  

Reverend J: Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....

Maybe they're updating it with some real world data. These past few years have been...telling.


Time to move to Madagascar.
 
2022-01-17 12:04:32 AM  
It was kind of a boring game.  All you had to do to win was give everyone ivermectin.
 
2022-01-17 12:07:05 AM  

Mikey1969: Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....

How close is the game to PLague, Inc in design? I've never tried this one.


In Pandemic you're playing humanity trying to end a disease.  In Plague Inc you're playing a disease trying to end humanity.
 
2022-01-17 12:11:08 AM  

Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....


The way the statements were phrased did make me think they did something sketchy overall and a lawsuit is shutting it down
 
2022-01-17 4:05:52 AM  
My guess is it is a rights issue.  Either copyright, or intellectual property, sometimes music issues.  Either litigation has been threated or a settlement prior to litigation reached that requires the removal as part of the resolution. You don't typically remove a product without reason.
 
2022-01-17 5:01:07 AM  

HedlessChickn: RedPhoenix122: LET'S GO GABEN!

You're blaming Gabe for what a different publisher has decided to do?

Goddamn, I hate idiots.


I was making commentary on the headline and not the actual events that occurred, since it blames Steam, but you go off champ.
 
2022-01-17 5:37:42 AM  
None of the other Asmodee games appear to have been pulled. They might just be doing a new version. Pandemic was one of the first games they did a digital version for, and it wasn't done that well.

/On a side note, I wish AEG would create more digital games
 
2022-01-17 5:48:45 AM  

Somaticasual: Huh. So, What kind of legal issue is it? Patent infringement? Other IP dispute?

The idea that they didn't go with a PR releasing touting how sensitive they were being to the COVID issue suggests it wasn't exactly a voluntary move....


Asmodee was just acquired in December by the Embracer Group. My guess is that they pulled it and plan to release a new business model. Probably a graphical facelift, too.
 
2022-01-17 8:33:20 AM  
The Pandemic Legacy games are some of the best board games I've ever played.  Although it does suck a bit that they're one-time playthroughs.
 
2022-01-17 8:34:51 AM  

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/my online handle came from playing a farkton of tournament L5R
 
2022-01-17 9:12:08 AM  
Luckily, all the Pandemic games can be gotten for Tabletop Simulator.
 
2022-01-17 11:20:13 AM  

NeoCortex42: The Pandemic Legacy games are some of the best board games I've ever played.  Although it does suck a bit that they're one-time playthroughs.


All co-op board games are that more or less.
the co-op board gem system is a static system that just injects some amount of RNG into the player's plans to "see what happens."

So basically once the players know the game, they can stop "playing it" and just do the RNG thing alone to see what would have happened.
As that is the way the co-op goes down, once we all understand the system and know what to do.
We're just going through the motions now, not being tested with some critical thinking/puzzling chit out.

I notice of all the games that people put put on the street for free from their game collections. It's co-op games i see the most. They just get played out quick really.
 
2022-01-17 11:57:10 AM  

PvtStash: NeoCortex42: The Pandemic Legacy games are some of the best board games I've ever played.  Although it does suck a bit that they're one-time playthroughs.

All co-op board games are that more or less.
the co-op board gem system is a static system that just injects some amount of RNG into the player's plans to "see what happens."

So basically once the players know the game, they can stop "playing it" and just do the RNG thing alone to see what would have happened.
As that is the way the co-op goes down, once we all understand the system and know what to do.
We're just going through the motions now, not being tested with some critical thinking/puzzling chit out.

I notice of all the games that people put put on the street for free from their game collections. It's co-op games i see the most. They just get played out quick really.


The Legacy games are more than that.  They actually destroy cards, mark up the board, and otherwise make it impossible to reuse the game with a different group or to make another attempt.  I actually played through both seasons 1 and 2 of Pandemic solo, and it was a ton of fun. But I'd have to buy the games again if I wanted to do a future replay of it.
 
2022-01-17 11:57:41 AM  
CSS: Husband and I played this board game back in December 2019. Husband has refused to play it since, claiming the game is "cursed."

Fun game though.
 
2022-01-17 12:12:14 PM  

RedPhoenix122: HedlessChickn: RedPhoenix122: LET'S GO GABEN!

You're blaming Gabe for what a different publisher has decided to do?

Goddamn, I hate idiots.

I was making commentary on the headline and not the actual events that occurred, since it blames Steam, but you go off champ.


Then you're not the idiot, subby is.
 
2022-01-17 12:13:46 PM  

HedlessChickn: RedPhoenix122: HedlessChickn: RedPhoenix122: LET'S GO GABEN!

You're blaming Gabe for what a different publisher has decided to do?

Goddamn, I hate idiots.

I was making commentary on the headline and not the actual events that occurred, since it blames Steam, but you go off champ.

Then you're not the idiot, subby is.


Or maybe the headline is a joke about steam being a treatment for a pandemic, compared to idiotic pandemic cures by TFG?
 
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2022-01-17 12:25:06 PM  

fiddlehead: CSS: Husband and I played this board game back in December 2019. Husband has refused to play it since, claiming the game is "cursed."

Fun game though.


So Jumanji with plague?
 
2022-01-17 12:37:21 PM  

fiddlehead: CSS: Husband and I played this board game back in December 2019. Husband has refused to play it since, claiming the game is "cursed."

Fun game though.


You gotta finish the game for COVID to end.

/This might get worse before it gets better
 
2022-01-17 1:29:24 PM  

PvtStash: NeoCortex42: The Pandemic Legacy games are some of the best board games I've ever played.  Although it does suck a bit that they're one-time playthroughs.

All co-op board games are that more or less.
the co-op board gem system is a static system that just injects some amount of RNG into the player's plans to "see what happens."

So basically once the players know the game, they can stop "playing it" and just do the RNG thing alone to see what would have happened.
As that is the way the co-op goes down, once we all understand the system and know what to do.
We're just going through the motions now, not being tested with some critical thinking/puzzling chit out.

I notice of all the games that people put put on the street for free from their game collections. It's co-op games i see the most. They just get played out quick really.


In general I have developed a severe dislike of co-op games. The concept is great and I have had some amazing games, but unless you have a very specific group of players is almost always seems to result in one or two people just dominating the game and telling the others what to do. It usually isn't a conscious thing it is just that everyone wants to win so the, as my music teacher always said, lead follow or get out of the way.

My ideal co-op game would have a group more interested in roleplaying than winning, but I probably wouldn't be part of that group.  My other idea is if you can enforce enough information asymmetry somehow, maybe you can ensure that everyone has to play a role and not just follow instructions, but how can you enforce that? Usually by adding a non-cooperative player so you can't as freely exchange information.
 
2022-01-17 2:14:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: The Legacy games are more than that.  They actually destroy cards, mark up the board, and otherwise make it impossible to reuse the game with a different group or to make another attempt.  I actually played through both seasons 1 and 2 of Pandemic solo, and it was a ton of fun. But I'd have to buy the games again if I wanted to do a future replay of it.


Which I'm pretty sure is exactly why companies started pushing legacy games.
 
2022-01-17 2:52:16 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: NeoCortex42: The Legacy games are more than that.  They actually destroy cards, mark up the board, and otherwise make it impossible to reuse the game with a different group or to make another attempt.  I actually played through both seasons 1 and 2 of Pandemic solo, and it was a ton of fun. But I'd have to buy the games again if I wanted to do a future replay of it.

Which I'm pretty sure is exactly why companies started pushing legacy games.


Most legacy games last so long and require so many sessions, it's unlikely that 99% of groups will ever want or need another copy to play through it again, given that they'll have to have played their first copy a couple dozen times to actually finish the game. It can be a year or more to get through one, depending on how often you play.

Given how flooded the board game market already is, the only reason you see so many legacy games is because there is a genuine demand for them. People love them. If they didn't, there is zero chance that "it's a board game you ruin as you play" would ever, ever, ever work as a marketing gimmick.
 
2022-01-17 11:39:39 PM  

shoegaze99: Most legacy games last so long and require so many sessions, it's unlikely that 99% of groups


And this is why legacy games are a no for me.  I don't game with a set recurring group.
 
2022-01-18 12:47:58 AM  

dywed88: PvtStash: NeoCortex42: The Pandemic Legacy games are some of the best board games I've ever played.  Although it does suck a bit that they're one-time playthroughs.

All co-op board games are that more or less.
the co-op board gem system is a static system that just injects some amount of RNG into the player's plans to "see what happens."

So basically once the players know the game, they can stop "playing it" and just do the RNG thing alone to see what would have happened.
As that is the way the co-op goes down, once we all understand the system and know what to do.
We're just going through the motions now, not being tested with some critical thinking/puzzling chit out.

I notice of all the games that people put put on the street for free from their game collections. It's co-op games i see the most. They just get played out quick really.

In general I have developed a severe dislike of co-op games. The concept is great and I have had some amazing games, but unless you have a very specific group of players is almost always seems to result in one or two people just dominating the game and telling the others what to do. It usually isn't a conscious thing it is just that everyone wants to win so the, as my music teacher always said, lead follow or get out of the way.

My ideal co-op game would have a group more interested in roleplaying than winning, but I probably wouldn't be part of that group.  My other idea is if you can enforce enough information asymmetry somehow, maybe you can ensure that everyone has to play a role and not just follow instructions, but how can you enforce that? Usually by adding a non-cooperative player so you can't as freely exchange information.


Try some asymmetric co-op, The Thing, Dead of Winter, etc. Co-op with a hidden traitor/s.  Makes things interesting.
 
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