I said a while back I would comment on the first turn. That time has come. I will have a little to say on turn 2 as well. Spoon has certainly thrown a lot of surprises at us early on. First, a pleasant one:
I wondered if we would see these in the new WoD remake, but the urls tell me Spoon cooked these up just for the game. I wonder what else he has up his sleeve for us?
However I wasn't too pleased with having my turn essentially decided for me, and punished for disobeying, even though the punishment was light. It did make for some fun RP between us though, the "scandal" I caused.
It's the only thing we have control over in the game, what we do with our one fleet every week. I like RP being introduced by Spoon into this, but I would hope our movements and strategies are left solely to us. Maybe some carrots could be dangled in front of us to give us decisions to make or incentives to move a certain way, but please keep the stick away. I don't know how others feel about this though.
The 150% enemy fleets was a surprise. So was the bypassing of Aldebaran, I thought we'd be able to hold there indefinately, but that little fantasy was put to bed on the very first turn, although it's only recently I came to realise the true danger posed by the incoming enemy fleet bypassing the starlance.
Which brings me to another surprise, I didn't think we'd see anything other than Nordera and Cordi for the first few turns, but it looks like the Fura'ngle and Zy are here already. They might not be, we might have "Elite Cordi" and "Elite Nordera" or something like that on our hands instead, who knows.
The difference between the Cordi and Nordera surprised me as well. Bottom line, we've already had a lot of surprises thrown our way, and I think we really need to expect the unexpected here. What else is in store for us? I'm looking forward to finding out...
It's really well presented, I like the map with all our fleets on it a lot, so much more easy on the eye than a simple set of information on that would be. I like how all the individual battles are broken down as well, and we finish up with our fleet status. I particularly like the moves being detailed, with the Unknown system for the enemy, it really feels like they're coming from somewhere rather than just being plopped on the map. I want to go see that somewhere!
And finally, the video. That is glorious, and I think it will be eclipsed by future videos. I do hope we get a video every turn, even if the turns need to be delayed to allow it, those videos are screaming out to be put into a playlist and all watched. I must have watched the turn 1 video like 20 times. I also like the mood the Turn 0 video establishes, it gives me a feeling of this alien menace slowly stalking it's prey looking over the systems they've jumped into. Either that or admiring their handiwork, having already conquered it.
On a personal note, in the past, I have said things like "If I was Spoon I would do this", "Spoon's Cordi" etc. But I feel that kind of goes against the spirit of what we have here, Spoon to me seems more like a facilitator of the game rather than a player trying to destroy us. He already told us he wouldn't one turn KO us. So I kind of feel it might have been making things seem competitive when that's exactly what I don't want something like this to be, I want it to be fun, so in future I will say things like "If I was the heirarchy I would do this" and "the Cordi". After all, if it was truly a competitive game, we couldn't be having Spoon read all our moves in advance, now could we? It's kind of like we're playing a turn-based video game, and Spoon is the computer rather than a player, if that makes sense.
Something else I'd also like, if it's possible and not too mch trouble, is for us to have a dedicated RP thread seperate from the strategy/chat. I have every confidence that this is going to be quite the saga, and that we're just getting started, and I think it would be good to split all the RP posts right now, for easy reading of what I'm sure will be an epic saga when all is said and done. The RP has exploded, and it is beautiful. It deserves it's own thread. What do others think about that?
Well that should do it. I hope this was of some value.