Happy Friday everyone. I hope that, wherever you are, you're staying safe and washing your hands. It can seem really scary when the media and social media are sharing lots of sensationalist stories about COVID-19. I'm sure it is really scary if you're in an area where there is significant outbreaks or if you, or someone you love, is vulnerable to viruses like this. But just try and stay safe, stay sane, and build some 1E decks. And did I mention washing your hands?
Games, even card games, have evolved a lot since the 90's when our beloved First Edition was born. Today's question is to gauge how you feel about potentially having to bring some extra "bits" with you when you go to a 1E tournament.
How would you feel about adding extra "bits" (counters, tokens, dice, etc.) to First Edition?
For the purposes of this question, you can define "bits" as anything you like: little glass beads, dice, poker chips, meeples - anything of that nature. The exact nature of the "bit" doesn't really matter, but the idea is that if a game mechanic were added to 1E that needed a little something like this to work, how would you feel about it?
Decipher, for Trek, always had the philosophy that cards are all you need. Of course, as they made other games, like Lord of the Rings TCG, they loosened that somewhat. But Trek, in bot editions, remained faithful to the "no bits" rule. Do you think that should still be true? What if Decipher were making the game anew today - do you think it would warrant some "bits" added? Most modern cards games do.
In the past, there has always been some extreme anti-bit reactions - some people have threatened to quit if a mechanic is introduced that requires bits. If you feel that way - and it's perfectly okay if you do - I'm curious why. Sure, it's different than Decipher, but is that the reason for the strength of that reaction? On the other side, I've seen players do this already, using markers to mark mission completion, dice to keep score or track countdowns, or other similar ideas. At their core, "bits" are really just memory aides.
Also, let me be clear: this is just a question. We don't have any plans to do anything like this. But your reactions will still help us decide if we keep staying away, or we look into what might be in a "bit" world for 1E. And to make it easier, I've put a poll on this question; you can vote if you don't want to reply, though I encourage replies with context and detail!
So how do you feel about the idea of adding "bits" to 1E? Would it make you quit the game - and if so, why? Do you do this already? Or do you fall somewhere in between? In any case, please sound off and let us know.
Have a great weekend - and wash your hands a lot!
pfti wrote:f*&%. we do a lot of weird things.