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Title: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Nefaro on December 24, 2017, 08:39:36 PM
Well, this looks ridiculous




-ly amazing

Cooperative u-boat game for 1-4.
(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3815221_md.jpg)

(https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3822092_md.jpg)


https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/219100/uboot-board-game

http://uboottheboardgame.com/gallery-4.html


Apparently going KS in January.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on December 24, 2017, 09:00:56 PM
Yeah I've been watching this for a while.  :D
MikeGer got to see the game at Essen this year.

Watch the vids they posted at BGG... this looks to be epic!  O0
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on January 01, 2018, 12:37:27 PM
This will cost a hojillion dollars.

And I will lay waste to those who stand between me and its purchase.

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 01, 2018, 01:22:27 PM
This will cost a hojillion dollars.

And I will lay waste to those who stand between me and its purchase.

What he said. I'll pay any price....
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 03, 2018, 07:05:36 AM
Kickstarter preview page is up:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phalanxgames/826770165?ref=amdknm&token=7c8a9f98

Looks to be about $110 CDN.... steep but I think it will be worth it. Lots in it for the price.


Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 03, 2018, 07:25:14 AM
Good write-up by first time player:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1911917/first-contact-uboot-board-game

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on January 03, 2018, 08:17:20 AM
I don't have a box this game doesn't check.

O.K....Napoleon seems to appear nowhere, so there's that.

Otherwise...
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: JudgeDredd on January 03, 2018, 11:35:08 PM
I really like the sound of it. The price (£60) is superb. Unfortunately, I don't have 3 friends  :'(  Well...3 friends that a) are close enough to turn up for a wargaming session and b) who would even want to come within 50 miles of a boardgame.

I know it plays solo - but from the write up, it does sound best with 4 players. If my daughter would play, you might even get away with a 2 player game - but I know she wouldn't be interested in the subject.

So - poor me  :'(
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: MikeGER on January 04, 2018, 01:28:48 AM
Good write-up by first time player:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1911917/first-contact-uboot-board-game

This report is spot on!
 and saves me a longer and surly not so good formulated write-up ^-^

I played 45 min as first officer (the phone App operator) at the Spiel.... we leaving the harbor to go on Feindfahrt and navigate to a position and patrol until the first contacts and closing in to chase.

if you can somehow assemble 3 friends in the mood nearby (or all drive to a city with a cheap but decent hotel in the middle for all participants) and are able to get all RL interdictions out of the way for that eve. (put away the cellulars!)  i reckon it can be very immersive. its a simulation and it can put real stress on you, almost like work.
also this is not a "we all build a chair-circle and discus the solutions"-game, the captain calls the shots (all shots) and the officers have to get it done asap ..somehow with the always spare and sparer resources   
 
the app permanently generate events where crew member have to be dispatched to help with maintenance or repair and so missing on the lookout or other duties  (i found the rate of failures on a normal non-submerged sail and not in combat a little high and made-up for the game purpose, but that was in October and so just a Alpha version of the game, ...  i am sure the developers honed a lot in the meantime)

i didn't saw a day night circle in the app generated VR of the tower and periscope ... i only saw the day version, and you literally turn your head and body around with the phone as binocular to check the horizon to see 'a dot' in the direction where the look-outs had announced a contact and then switch to a 7x magnification to identify the sightings...

what was not in the game in October (i asked that) was using the deck gun for sinking a merchant usually at night, which was a SOP in the early years.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on January 05, 2018, 09:26:35 PM
Mike, friend, you are so not helping.

Must now think of other things...

Very old nuns...

Dead kittens...

Mirth streaking Fort Kickass...

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Yskonyn on January 16, 2018, 01:39:17 AM
 :dreamer: This looks awesome!
I think my wife might give me the  ??? look if I were to buy it, though.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 16, 2018, 03:35:46 AM
:dreamer: This looks awesome!
I think my wife might give me the  ??? look if I were to buy it, though.

Don't you get that look every time you bring anew game into your house?
 
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Yskonyn on January 16, 2018, 04:31:29 AM
:dreamer: This looks awesome!
I think my wife might give me the  ??? look if I were to buy it, though.

Don't you get that look every time you bring anew game into your house?

Actually nope, she's a boardgame enthousiast as well. She got me Great Western Trail and enjoys it very much herself.   O0
But the military stuff doesn't float her U-Boot, no.
I am looking forward to the look I will get once I show her Bird of Prey.  :2funny:
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 16, 2018, 06:14:14 AM
Yeah, I meant wargames.... not those other play things that belong in a different thread.  >:D
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 21, 2018, 01:33:56 PM
Quote
THE CAMPAIGN STARTS TOMORROW AT 16:00 UTC! Don't miss the first 24H freebies!

 :D
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 21, 2018, 01:48:04 PM
$110 Canadian is like $9.95 US, right?

;)
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 21, 2018, 01:51:05 PM
Don't care! It shall be mine!
 :D
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 21, 2018, 01:56:03 PM
DO IT!
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: JasonPratt on January 21, 2018, 02:24:30 PM
If I brought that to the Bro's house and drafted him and the girls as the other three players...  :smitten: :smitten: :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:




(....Browife would kill me.  ::) :P )
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 22, 2018, 09:25:14 AM
And backed!  :D

20 minutes in and they are 3/4 funded!

Go here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phalanxgames/uboot-the-board-game/description
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 22, 2018, 09:38:48 AM
And funded in less than 40 minutes.  :o  <:-)  \m/
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on January 22, 2018, 11:42:13 AM
235% funded.

Including me.

Love the 24-hour KS bonus.

TOYS!!!
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: JasonPratt on January 22, 2018, 04:53:36 PM
I just have to accept that there are certain things that make less than no sense for me to buy.  :-\


...


..... I JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT THERE ARE CERTAINNNNNGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

I am not going to click on this thread again for at least a week. It's bad for me.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Staggerwing on January 22, 2018, 05:09:04 PM
Pledged. Can't wait to sneak into Scapa Flow...
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 22, 2018, 06:34:19 PM
Use your backer number, found in your conformation email, as a U-boat number and se if it has a history.

Mine is U-502.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-502
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Staggerwing on January 22, 2018, 06:43:51 PM
Since I didn't get to pledge until late afternoon my backer number is 1887. Searches for U-1887 only return results for Mongolian letter Unicode and diagnostics for faulty oxygen sensors.  :(
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: ComradeP on January 23, 2018, 12:03:40 AM
Unless I become the father of three sons, I don't think I'll ever find 3 other people to play this with in the area.

The game looks awesome, but it would just remain in its box if I'd buy it.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on January 23, 2018, 01:04:36 AM
Gah!  Iím on holiday for 2 more weeks.  Want to back it but donít wanna enter any sensitive data over dodgy hotel wifi.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: MikeGER on January 23, 2018, 01:27:30 AM
I don't think I'll ever find 3 other people to play this with in the area.

The game looks awesome, but it would just remain in its box if I'd buy it.

This ! :-X

i checked the Kickstarter goals and

- 88 deck gun
- day night circle  in the App
- weather effects  in the App
what i asked for at Essen are now in the game and unlocked O0

- and also 20 AA  gun soon-ish (about 500 more backers in 22 days)

- the game now has a pause and save function too,  O0
so a solitaire game might be much more doable now.
let's see how automatising of the different roles is done to reduce the workload of the solo player
the app also runs on a PC ! (where video capture is a no-brainer) so a good AAR (or preview) of soloplay might surface 
 
my visit at the Spiel games fair in Essen 25.10. this year will be veeeery interesting :D 
 if IIRC the game will ready for release (and pickup) at Spiel
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: BanzaiCat on January 23, 2018, 05:23:35 AM
$*@&$&!@#
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Staggerwing on January 23, 2018, 05:40:04 AM
Gah!  Iím on holiday for 2 more weeks.  Want to back it but donít wanna enter any sensitive data over dodgy hotel wifi.

Go buy a Visa Gift Card at the store and enter that instead. Just make sure you don't accidentally spend it on something else before pledge day.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: MikeGER on January 23, 2018, 09:23:20 AM
-update -
 20 mm AA gun play is funded  O0

only about 450 backers more and all possible goals are unlocked :dreamer:  ...and still 22 days to go   :clap: :notworthy:
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on January 23, 2018, 09:44:18 AM
 :D  <:-)
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 11, 2018, 11:03:22 PM
Made it!
  God damn but this looks awesome.  Can't wait to give it a go.  I think navigator will suit me well.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on February 15, 2018, 01:27:02 PM
Even though the KS campaign never reached the final stretch goal which would have added Enigma encoding and decoding, the developers are going to release it anyway.   That's pretty cool. 
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on February 15, 2018, 01:29:36 PM
Yeah, looking forward to getting this... for xmas...  :P
Also blew my game budget for the next few months.....
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2018, 08:21:42 AM
Soooon!  :D



Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on October 17, 2018, 06:39:42 PM
It will be live and AVAILABLE at Essen.  Boo.

Tom Vasel listed it as one of his "Top Ten Most Anticipated Games " at Essen only indicating he hoped it did have all that wargame-y "chart flipping".

"Hi, I'm Jim, and I'm a filthy chart-flipper."

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: MikeGER on October 18, 2018, 12:21:32 AM
It will be live and AVAILABLE at Essen.  Boo.

i will surly take a look at it next week ;) Hall2 booth B106

i doubt that it will be available
i have read somewhere that with respect to the kickstarter-guys, they may have a few copies to hand over to game journalists, previewers, n'such  ...but no public sale.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Cyrano on October 18, 2018, 06:01:36 AM
I no longer understand game distribution in the modern era...
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: ConflictZ on October 18, 2018, 12:29:18 PM
I backed this monstrosity but then had to get a refund from the publisher.  The real world intervened once again and consumed my gaming dollars >:(
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Staggerwing on October 18, 2018, 07:37:50 PM
I backed this monstrosity but then had to get a refund from the publisher.  The real world intervened once again and consumed my gaming dollars >:(

That's pretty much what happened to me, though I dropped out just hours before it closed. Now that finances are back on track I wish that I could lend Past Me a few bucks to have stayed in.  :(
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: MikeGER on October 27, 2018, 12:58:37 AM
U-Boot on display at the Spiel 2018 in Essen :)

it made good progress since last year as you can see in the pictures

(http://i67.tinypic.com/3qvqb.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2ex1zz4.jpg)


I can confirm it was not on public sale, as announced
it will be released in December

i asked especially about playability solitaire or with less then 3 grogs around:
and got the answer they are aware of that problem and the App had made much progress.
it has in the meantime got difficulty levels, and it has pausable realtime (and realtime means realtime, 1sec at the table = 1sec on the Atlantic)
so solitaire you may start the time compression only when all your tasks are done, figurines set, etc  and you are up to it.

and i also asked about saving a session and picking it up later: 
it is possible to save a game and continue later, but not at every moment of choice. Surly between missions and when there are no contacts, but not in an engagement
i missed to asked the developer (who immediately recognized me after a year :) - go figure!) on further details on when no-save exactly inside an engagement.

...and now where i am writing these lines, it suddenly came to me that i also had forgotten to asked about 'shelling a freighter at night with the deck gun'  (but i guess it is in the sim)
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: bob48 on October 27, 2018, 03:55:38 AM
Lots of bits in the box!
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Toonces on November 02, 2018, 05:17:46 PM
This looks interesting...I really need to read up on the details of how to play this!
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on November 03, 2018, 04:28:24 AM
Rulebook:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CyzeDDYJMBHpwuhY2NkgMZJ82YGGWXy8/view

Tactical Guide:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rxU4niah8aTrKf9BIaDIn2wOxSuDF4ob/view

Player Aids:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sCoxhQmIB5ErVDK43ItxnifnPjS6k_y1/view

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on May 21, 2019, 09:11:16 AM
My copy finally showed up unannounced.  :clap:
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Con on May 21, 2019, 01:47:52 PM
Isnt that the modus operandi of UBoats?

 :arr:
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Barthheart on May 21, 2019, 01:54:23 PM
 :2funny:

 :knuppel2:

Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: JasonPratt on May 21, 2019, 05:15:23 PM
At least it didn't blow up his house and then cruise on by...
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: JasonPratt on June 03, 2019, 07:23:04 PM
MACH SCHNELL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!

Someone named Tumba released a crazy-deluxe port of UBOOT to Tabletop Simulator last month (most recently updated May 20th). The table is set on a rusted hulk of the U96 conning tower, in a vomitous tossing sea!  :D (With sea spray occasionally and wind/wave noise!)

This is very much a promotional module, though not official, which leaves out a few key things (such as Enigma codes) to persuade players to buy the game: it's purely intended as a handy aid, not as a free replacement.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: BanzaiCat on August 12, 2019, 07:46:58 AM
Most of the posts for this game on their Facebook fan page are incredible 3D printed U-Boots with beautiful paint schemes. Meanwhile I have yet to even try to play my copy/assemble my cardboard U-Boot.

I admit I'm terribly intimidated to try it solo, even though those that have played it solo say it's totally do-able.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 12, 2019, 02:29:13 PM
Just do it!  If youíve ever played Silent Hunter, itíll be easy.  You can pause whenever you like so thereís no pressure.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on August 12, 2019, 04:39:45 PM
Also, be sure to read the info on each crew position in detail as presented in the app.  Thatís where all the rules updates appear.
Title: Re: UBOOT: the board game
Post by: Rekim on August 12, 2019, 09:28:46 PM
In my limited experience it is absolutely necessary to make liberal use of the pause button when playing solo. While this may take away from an interesting aspect of the game, it just isn't practical for an individual to manage all aspect of fighting with a uboat in real-time. There is even in a upside in that you can take all the time you like to analyze situations and plan your attacks/escape etc. I'm having a blast with it so far.

Even with multiple players I expect the pause button will be needed while learning the game.