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Tuesday
Jan242012

This Week in Flash Dueling!

I see the guys at Penny Arcade liked Flash Duel 2nd Edition. Gabe says "it's a rad game." Will Tycho redeem himself in a rematch though? Maybe Tycho should play as the Dragon or something, lol.

Also, Rodney at Watch It Played is doing a series on Flash Duel 2nd Edition. His first episode is up where he covers the game's Simple Mode (the tutorial mode before you get to the character abilities). He does an awesome job of covering several rules nuances and showing how it all works. Here's Episode 1:

I'm really looking forward to the rest of this! I also admire what Rodney is doing in general, by the way. Sometimes in games (both the video game kind and the board game kind) a "review" is so shallow (not the favorable reviews of my games though of course, those are well-researched and glorious!). A reviewer often doesn't have time to really get into the details and depth of a game. The Watch It Played series is going a different route, and it gives full explanations of exactly how a game works, then shows that game being played right in front of you. A "review" isn't really necessary because it becomes evident what is good about the game (or what is bad), and you'll see if those good points match your tastes. Check out other WatchItPlayed stuff on Youtube for other games, I found it very helpful personally. And I can't wait to see Flash Duel in 2v2 mode or against the Dragon on WatchItPlayed!

Oh yeah, if you wanted to comment on this on Boardgamegeek.com, here's the thread about it. And here's another thread about people's favorite characters in Flash Duel.

Reader Comments (7)

Flash Duel 2ed Edition is really a great little game. I love all the content you put in the little box - all the different play modes as well as the additional playing field and small box for portable play / two simultaneous games. I wasn't interested in the 1st edition, since I already own enough two player games, but the new edition gives modes for three, four and even five players as well. And there are three different modes for four players (team battle, raid and two duels - thanks to the additional material) and two for five players (raid and betrayal) to boot.

My only gripe is that neither Midori's Dragon Form, nor Menelker's Deathstrike show them in their respective dragon forms in the art. You already had a good chibi picture of the Deathstrike Dragon, couldn't you get one for Midori as well? That would have been perfect! On the other hand, if this is all I can complain about, it's showing how well put together the 2ed Edtion is.

One thing I was wondering about though is why Troq is always (in the character strip in the rulebook, in the card image section in the store, in the Puzzle Strike chip image files) listed between Onimaru und BBB? He is a member of the blood guard, right? Then why isn't he grouped with Vendetta and Zane? Why is he wedged between members of the Flagstone team?

Thanks for the link by the way. I've never seen this "Watch it played" videos before.

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStar Slayer

Troq is a soldier at Flagstone. Later on Zane recruits him.

January 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterSirlin

Totally want to see the next episode, and really makes me want to buy the thing. If it weren't +20$ extra for shipping to Europe. 55$ is not impulse-buy territory any more.

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKdansky

"Watch it played" is more commonly referred to as "Let's Play." A thing that traces its roots to the Games board of SomethingAwful. They usually have some of the best LPs. You can see an archive of LPs at: http://lparchive.org/ where they screen for quality.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterO_o

That was a FANTASTIC video. I already have Yomi and Puzzle Strike, but had no interest in Flash Duel, because I perceived it as just "Yomi Lite". After watching that walkthrough, I realize I shouldn't have dismissed it so quickly. It looks like a lot of fun for a quick game, and I'm definitely going to nab a copy.

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPlatypusPlatoon

Yeah, the Watch It Played videos let see what a game is really like. The Flash Duel episodes are really well done, I agree. Just wait until 2v2 and the dragon raid mode! ha.

February 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterSirlin

Just wondering, why don't the cards in the portable version that make up the board have numbers? The numbers really help make the game a "flash". I can see how no numbers on the cards allows for there to be a slightly quicker set-up time, I just think the time spent counting spaces rather than doing simple subtraction ultimately adds up to more time than the time saved.

This game is really fun and a great way to pass time. Bravo.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNuncle
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