Dune: Imperium Review - A SU&SD Dust-Up

2021-07-28T17:02:18Z

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I want recipes for those desserts! :stuck_out_tongue:

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A legit laughed out loud at “Dune, by Herbert Herberberpt”.

I’m chuckling just writing that.

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I had a good laugh at the Bowie/ Alan Bennet agents.

I am beginning to worry that Matt thinks tables are only accessed from underneath.

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Taken from the viewpoint of analysing reviews, this is fascinating – I often disagree with Matt, but I really appreciated the way he presented this, which I might sum up as “this is generally a class of game we don’t like, and the others didn’t like it, but for me it has that certain something that makes it fun”.

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Seems to me Quinns just dislikes deck builders with random markets.

I found the thematic integration in Dune Imperium quite well done personally. And having that one spot require that you have advanced on the Fremen track is not that difficult to remember. The iconography is really clear and the whole game is not a hard teach at all.

I think Matt is right that the board will get too tight with more than 3 players. Even at two with the bot deck it is possible that you run out of options (if you fail at deck building for a variety of spots).

Random markets in general have the problem with card choices that both Tom and Quinns complain about. There are a few easy fixes like Hardback does where certain market constellations give you the option to clear the market… if it really is a problem I‘d consider a house rule for this. (I don‘t really do house rules but random markets to tend to lead to some discussion of this depending on how the game goes)

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Random markets have been bad in every deckbuilder I’ve tried that has one. As have random dungeons, random bosses, pretty much any extra random.

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This review made me want to try out this dunc game.

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I think one of my Dune loving friends impulse bought this the other day so I look forward to playing it at some point. That and the other Dune game he has.

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Well, you are the one who went to all the trouble to remake your Dominion game into wooden disks. I am not surprised you are with Quinns on this one :slight_smile:

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As a lover of great (or bad) puns, Matt deserves a standing ovation for his “Fremen with Bene Geserits” line.

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You might have noticed he took good care of himself in that regard. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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As a non native speaker it took me until your comment to … understand??? it? I think? I was wondering about all that applause and what I had missed :wink: Thanks.

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There were questions about it in the Discord and/or YouTube comments as well. Doesn’t necessarily hit with non-native English speakers.

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I don’t get it and I’m a native uk English speaker.

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I think if you mumble mumble it might end up sounding like friends with benefits. But it‘s a looong stretch.

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That is the nature of puns and wordplay, of course, and other languages have them too which you may not get unless you are a native speaker, beyond just being almost fluent. At least to me, it was a belter.

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For sure, my mind is made up. But I reached that conclusion from a starting point of playing a load of other deckbuilders before I ever played Dominion, and initially thinking all the bolted on stuff was great and Dominion was boring.

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I did get it, and loved it.

But then I have immersed in Anglo speaking culture for nearly two decades…

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I got it but I think it’s a pretty sweaty one.

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