I thought Paul did a great review of Isle of Skye! But he ended up really liking the game and that probably helps produce more exciting content.
What were his last few reviews? Scythe, Kingdom Death: Monster, A Feast for Odin? Scythe was an alright, and KD:M even less favourable, and Feast was well received? At least by my memory. I don’t remember the Odin review (did I imagine it?), but the other two weren’t showstoppers AND that’s okay because I appareciate that when SUSD doesn’t like a game they don’t rip it apart for laughs! They’re still critical, but they don’t go the easy route of tearing a game down by spending the whole review making jokes at is expense. The result is a lot of “It’s fine. Some people will like it.”
I haven’t played KD:M, and won’t, but for the rest he’s been pretty bang on with what my gaming experiences were.
A big problem I’ve seen in the board game (and video game) community is hype. Boy oh boy, do we love hype! Kickstarter lends itself to even more hype. You pay up front and spend months, or years waiting and commenting on a game as updates roll in. Then it finally arrives and it has to live up to those expectations. When it doesn’t people get defensive. They’ve invested so much time loving something that everyone else should love it too. And if they don’t they’ve missed something.
I’ve learned my lesson and I try not to get on the hype train anymore. Gloomhaven might make a liar out of me. The result for me was mostly agreeing with what Paul said about Scythe. The art is amazing, it’s overproduced, the combat is pretty boring, and it’s a fine economy building game.
That went off on a tangent. It’s late. I’m not proofreading what I wrote. I’m sorry. Goodnight.