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From the BGG comments and reviews, I got the impression that Restoration Games didn't do a good job with Fireball Island, both from game design and game component quality.

OTOH, Dark Tower doesn't have all those marbles and Isaac Childress of Gloomhaven fame is involved?


BGG entry for RG https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/34846/restoration-games

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Fireball Island was at least a good game.  Dark Tower really isn't.  It was a cool gimic and not much more.  Nostalgia will power this one.  And they price they put on Fireball Island was way too much.  I would have gotten it, but Fireball Island is not a $100 game.

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I did get the game.  It is well put together.  The board is solid and structurally sound, the marbles roll well, the spaces are big enough to hold the pieces you can jar the board without knocking everything out.  It is really high in chance but that is the idea of the game.  the whole thing does fit well in the main box and it is significantly beefier than the original game (which I have as well).  


Does the game need that level of quality?  No, it could have been done a lot lower quality production and you would still have fun with it,  Does the better quality make a better game, maybe.  We have had a lot of fun with this in our group and its quick to set up and knockdown so it falls right into starter category. 


As for price, it is what you want to pay for it.  There are a lot of games that don't deserve their pricepoints. ($50 boxes for werewolf:  I'm looking at you!)  but there were a lot people who wanted it and they got a quality product.  Would I do it again?  Yes.  Will I be backing dark tower?  No.  I never did like the game


OTOH:  its the game I don't like.  if they were to do other games I would consider them.

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Eh, it caps at $275 US (if you get the neoprene mat and coin)..Not cheap by any stretch, but there's a limit and quite a bit of content.


I'm having trouble with this one.  I don't know why they needed the "Dark Tower" name with all these changes.  Yes, they're talking about adding a "classic" version that plays in the same way as the original (gather the keys, storm the tower), but I'm not sold.  The game being app-driven is also a drawback.  It just seems wrong to have the tower AND another device.



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1 hour ago, strawhat said:

Eh, it caps at $275 US (if you get the neoprene mat and coin)..Not cheap by any stretch, but there's a limit and quite a bit of content.

That's still $360 CAD, or a good chunk of paint, or two thirds of the airbrush setup I want, etc etc. 

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29 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

That's still $360 CAD, or a good chunk of paint, or two thirds of the airbrush setup I want, etc etc. 


Or a third of the Bones V that I want...


The more I think about it, the more inclined I am to pass on this one.


<sad "Bazaar Closed" music>


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