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In praise of Spirit Island's flavor

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Arcanist Lupus
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In praise of Spirit Island's flavor

I wanted to take a moment to admire the fact that even though none of the cards have flavor text (which is a real shame, but there's just no room*) pretty much every card portays it's flavor so perfectly that they don't need any text to accompany them.  The art, the evocative titles, and the rules text fill in all the gaps.  When Lightning is Shattering Homesteads, it's clear what's going on.  When Fangs Preys on the Builders, it's perfectly clear why it's preventing builds.  When the Invaders start looking for Scapegoats, or the Island suffers a Year of Little Rain we don't even need art to tie the effects to the flavor.  That is really cool.

 

* Also, I'm pretty sure that the flavor text on at least half the cards would be variations of "Ach, Hans, run!  It's the ____" and "Aiieee!"


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Not to mention "Not those damn weasels again! RIGHT, come on Heinrich, we're moving!"

I agree that kiddos are certainly in order, it's fantastically done.


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Why would you wish them to have children? Wont that leave less time for making more awesome stuff?


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BlueHairedMeerkat wrote:

I agree that kiddos are certainly in order, it's fantastically done.

This game might become very popular but I don't believe it will lead to a baby boom. smiley


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So now I'm imagining wll kinds of mid-game Spirit Island pick-up lines, and none are family friendly.

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Hey, it comes up mid-game anyways if you're tired enough. I was asking a friend's fiance for a Sun, eating people as the Serpent.

 

People can really jump to the wrong conclusions when they are tired enough.

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phantaskippy wrote:

So now I'm imagining wll kinds of mid-game Spirit Island pick-up lines, and none are family friendly.


Now I'm just saying Sprit names to myself in this light...
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Got more people who like this game. Played it twice withanother new group and they loved it. One of them even sat and started to read all the rules and the cards. Just sharing thier praise.
Thunder speaker running around with it's militia murdering the invaders. Always wanted to gather troop to be on the offense.
Or lighting bird making everything quick actions. Speeds the game and changes strategy.
Excelent theming.


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