Fireball Island just shipped!
Strange they’re shipping out of order.
I too had x2 plus an add on.
Sure everyone else will get their email soon.
Quoted from Jawa:
Our copy of the new Fireball Island came in today, figured I'd post a quick comparison picture of new to old. Played a game of both versions, original is still fun and fairly fast, new one is definitely a bit more complex and will take a few more games for me to have a strong opinion. We didn't play with the expansions, so it'll be interesting to see what they add to it.
Nice, I did the exact same!
1 new game without using any expansions...
Too early to judge it fully but I don’t think it’ll ever be better than the original.
Quoted from HoakyPoaky:
I unboxed my Fireball Island this weekend. Looks like it's going to be fun to play.
I'd say the only letdown was the box. As far as other new board games go, it's severely lacking in quality. Very thin cardboard & flimsy. They should have made a thicker stronger box one of the stretch goals, but I'm guessing that would have added more weight to an already large box & added to the shipping costs. Plus it's not easy to fit everything back in the box after playing.
Game is tons of fun with the expansions.
Agree box is too thin and small.
Quoted from pinmister:
I want to buy my kids Fireball Island for Christmas, I want just the basic game without expansion packs. Is there a good place to buy it? I noticed a seller on EBay selling for just under $100-is that a good deal? Thanks
You can always add expansions packs later but imo they add quite a bit to the game.
I would add Last Adventurer at the very least.
So we started with the base game. It took a few games to figure out the rules as it is quite different than the original.
After we’ve learned the rules games have been about 45min to 1.5 hours per game.
So far we’ve played it on three different nights each night we’ve added an expansion.
Last adventure adds player abilities (such as cave warp, move an extra space, etc), a boulder, and snakes. The snakes are small marbles that add to the mayhem.
And it also adds the ability to play with a fifth player.
Tigers and bees, adds each of those as well. Bees are ten small marbles that gets poured into the head. Tiger is a flipping plastic.
Each expansion increases dangers on the island, while not adding too many rules but it also adds cards to the deck.
Despite the small flaws, thin plastic board and a shitty box, it has been a lot of fun.
Each of the expansions is like $15-$20. For the price I recommend those two.
Haven’t added the boat yet but looking forward to it.
Quoted from lpeters82:
Is there a way to simplify further and reduce the playtime for playing with kids? Is there perhaps a set of rules that returns it to the original kids game? Could you print off a set of the original cards from ArtsCow and play the original game, or are the other components too different? Perhaps there could even be some custom cards i the original style that would better interact with the new board.
No, this is no where near as easy/friendly as original. The original rules don’t really work with the board.
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