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BanzaiCat

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Reply #30 on: May 11, 2019, 01:40:14 PM
Yesterday came and went and nothing delivered. All Amazon says is, it was "probably delivered." WTF is that? I've never seen any item I've ordered say "probably delivered."

Guess I'll just need to wait and see if USPS delivers it today, though my expectations aren't high. Hope you guys have yours on track to arrive soon.



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Reply #31 on: May 11, 2019, 03:48:56 PM
Nope.  Two weeks ago they said "two weeks".  Yesterday they put out a new update saying "end of the month?  Maybe?"



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Reply #32 on: May 11, 2019, 04:33:02 PM
I talked to the seller on the phone about an hour ago; he said the distributor was saying 5/22 now, though he's confident that'll be the date. (Sure, okay.)



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Reply #33 on: May 11, 2019, 04:49:28 PM
Yesterday came and went and nothing delivered. All Amazon says is, it was "probably delivered." WTF is that? I've never seen any item I've ordered say "probably delivered."

Guess I'll just need to wait and see if USPS delivers it today, though my expectations aren't high. Hope you guys have yours on track to arrive soon.

"Probably delivered"  :ROFL:  :2funny:

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Reply #34 on: May 11, 2019, 05:17:58 PM
Yeah, ain't that some shite?



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Reply #35 on: May 16, 2019, 02:10:18 PM
Finally got my tracking number.  Game’s still in bloody Poland! 



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Reply #36 on: May 16, 2019, 03:24:17 PM
At least you got that!  :censored:

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Reply #37 on: May 16, 2019, 04:26:50 PM
Daily pestering.



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Reply #38 on: May 16, 2019, 04:59:30 PM
I now offer my animadversions:

1.  Love the sub.  A lot actually.  I've been a sub "guy" since before Silent Service on the Apple II and little has changed since.  So, yeah, toy factor of the sub itself is pretty high.  I had none of the assembly problems others have experienced, but I am never (OK, well, never may be a bit much but you take my point) breaking it down.  It's a display piece now.

2.  The resin bits -- the extra ones -- are fun, but wildly unnecessary.  One, in fact, is most often in the way.

3.  As a game, it's a heavy-ish worker-placement Euro with a well-done war theme.  No way it's a wargame.

4.  Contra my own words, it reminds me most of some of the weird games Paddy Griffiths dreamt up to engage his peers and students in which they played at being [INSERT THING] and he described what they were doing in real time and they had to react.  It is a most unusual experience.  The craziest bit so far has been realizing that the periscope, spotting binos, and TDCs are not scrolled in a traditional way when in FPV, but physically turned.  This has lead to numerous amusing moments with my son, playing the first officer, spinning around in his chair to spot the ship we're looking for.  Or, if you insist, it's a Kriegsspiel simulation with the app as umpire.

5.  There is a HUGE amount of granular resource allocation.  Perhaps, not yet certain, too much.  To do even routine things requires a certain number of men with a certain number of skills to be in a particular place.    This requires a SHEDLOAD of planning.  Taking the simplest example, turning the sub 10-degrees to starboard, accelerating to flank speed, speed, and then making only two more course adjustments, will wipe out your "regular" actions for your navigational specialists for an entire four-hour watch.  Those of us used to noodling the steering, depth, and speed as we go are in for a very rude shock.  As I say, I'm not certain, but it may be a bit too much.

6.  The random event system is fun if frustrating in the heat of battle.  Nothing quite like being told your toilet is plugged in section #3 and you've got to put a crew on it to fix it and surface the boat to deal with a toxic gas problem.

Sticking to milk runs and low difficulty at the moment, but the family is enjoying it so far.


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Reply #39 on: May 21, 2019, 11:09:54 AM
My copy finally arrived just now. No notification, just showed up.

Pics to follow.

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Reply #40 on: May 21, 2019, 03:53:13 PM
First photo is what I saw when I first opened the game box.... quite the mess. Of the two decks of cards, one had come loose from it’s wrapper and was strewn throughout the box. The second was still wrapped tight and the top card has some significant chips/dings in the colour on the front face... not sure if that will affect play or not. A few punch board pieces had come loose but nothing damaged.

The second phot is everything that’s jammed inside after I sorted and punched it all. The U-boat parts can be seen in the lower left. It’s going to take some significant gluing to get it to stay together.... look like the punches are starting to wear out, large holes and small tabs. But I was planning on gluing anyway. The art work on those pieces is fantastic. It will look very impressive on the table.

Will be firing up the game and app this week.  :D

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Reply #41 on: May 21, 2019, 05:15:18 PM
Still waiting on mine.  It's about 5km away but won't be delivered until tomorrow.



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Reply #42 on: May 21, 2019, 06:50:17 PM
Waiting on mine, too. The store I bought it from said it was expected by 5/22 but it's moot as I have to travel next week. I'll have to hit him up for an update.



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Reply #43 on: May 21, 2019, 07:28:11 PM
Waiting on mine, too. The store I bought it from said it was expected by 5/22 but it's moot as I have to travel next week. I'll have to hit him up for an update.

Maybe you missed it in the six other games delivered this week :P

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Reply #44 on: May 21, 2019, 07:33:25 PM
Only six? Slow week...

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