Monday, August 6, 2018

I didn’t give Fzzzt! a fair shake

This is not a review of Fzzzt! It’s been so long since I last played Fzzzt! that all I remember is being really frustrated by it. However, it’s been niggling in the back of my mind for the last few days.

This what I remember from when it first came out: it was billed as a tiny deck builder so I what I expected and wanted was Dominion in miniature.

Of course, that’s not what Fzzzt! is. It’s an auction game that uses deck building as a mechanic for both building up your money and getting machine parts for points. But since that wasn’t what I was looking for, the whole experience was frustrating.

I think it’s very safe for me to say that I didn’t give Fzzzt! a fair shake. It’s one thing to judge a game on the first couple plays or because you got a rule seriously wrong. It’s another to dislike a game just for not being something it’s not. (I hate Puerto Rico because it’s not Poker!)

While it would be interesting to revisit Fzzzt! and approach it purely as an auction game, I doubt that will happen for me since I’m pretty sure I have gotten rid of it. If it does ever happen, I suspect my opinion would improve.

Interestingly, I did get my goal with Star Realms, a pure deck builder that’s easy to reach and fits in my pocket.

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