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A Game About A Woman - The Mirroring of Mary King Review

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29 Sep 2022 11:30 #335814 by Michael Barnes
In board games, the board itself is often a map...

Jim Felli returns with yet another stunning, singular design. 

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29 Sep 2022 13:47 #335815 by Gregarius
Dibs for when you decide to sell it.
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29 Sep 2022 14:44 #335817 by RobertB
If I paste these pictures on Othello pieces, does it take Othello to the next level?
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29 Sep 2022 17:45 #335821 by birdman37
This is a fantastic review. Thank you for writing it.
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30 Sep 2022 09:29 #335830 by Sagrilarus
Superb writing sir. One of your best.
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30 Sep 2022 09:59 #335833 by jason10mm
Always approve of a classic redhead!

But if you just make it blank white on one side and black on the other, does the game change in anyway? I.e. does the part revealed (eyes, nose, lips) affect gameplay rather than just location of the tile?

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30 Sep 2022 12:18 #335836 by Michael Barnes
It would impact the game -profoundly-. It would be stripped of its meaning. This game is very specific in its subject matter and theme. The act of looking at her face while she changes, struggles, and shifts is intensely important.
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30 Sep 2022 12:22 #335838 by Shellhead
I have great respect for Felli's designs, but I find them harder to get on the table due to the unusual themes. I think this means that I need to try harder to get them on the table.

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30 Sep 2022 16:39 #335844 by jason10mm

Michael Barnes wrote: It would impact the game -profoundly-. It would be stripped of its meaning. This game is very specific in its subject matter and theme. The act of looking at her face while she changes, struggles, and shifts is intensely important.


Huh, so is it just the vibe of seeing it change or something specific about the picture being made? Can someone look at the image you posted, with like half the tiles flipped, and deduce something about the game state? I'm curious because it's a pretty rare thing that the art aesthetic of a game, if you consider it that, would be so critical. Looks like it would draw a crowd regardless.

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30 Sep 2022 16:51 #335846 by Michael Barnes
Yes, it is very very rare.

It's actually kind of an area control thing. Controlling more tiles (and thus more of Mary King) is the goal.

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01 Oct 2022 05:23 #335851 by elqord
Been waiting forever to hear about this. Too bad that this review focused on the one element I really don’t care about and that is Mary King and her portrait and the theme and yadayada…
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01 Oct 2022 09:33 #335853 by Legomancer
"Hi, thanks for reviewing this thoughtful and highly thematic game, but I'm not interested in that, I'm merely interested in the act of moving pieces of cardboard around, so can you just talk about that because I don't like it when board games are 'about' anything I just like making points go brrrr"
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01 Oct 2022 11:21 #335855 by Michael Barnes
About 100 percent certain this game is not for you elqord. It's likely the rest of this designer's games, the rest of my work, and this entire website also isn't for you.
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01 Oct 2022 14:41 #335860 by jason10mm

Michael Barnes wrote: About 100 percent certain this game is not for you elqord. It's likely the rest of this designer's games, the rest of my work, and this entire website also isn't for you.


Don't be so negative Barnes. Let's start a thread about the $250 Hero scape game Hasbro just dropped and take this site back to its roots :p

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01 Oct 2022 15:49 #335861 by elqord
@Michael Barnes: I own Shadow of Malice and Cosmic Frog. I adore his designs. I regularly visit this website and usually find it great. This is the first time I felt the need to reply and your answer is disappointing. Never took you for someone that is so ill equipped to take deal with a different opinion.

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