I founded the Indie Game Reading Club in 2010. I've written and developed RPGs since the mid-90s, now I mostly talk about playing them.
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97 thoughts on “Lords of Xidit”
LoX is indeed fucking rad.
Way waaaay more moving parts than it looks like it’s going to have when you’re just reading the rulebook.
I got beat like a snare drum, but I can see how to get better at it.
My group actually compared it quite a bit to Robo Rally. You don’t have any control over your turn once you say “Go.”
That’s exactly how it runs on BGA. Great and maddening. Noooo little dude don’t go…not that city…shit.
I haven’t played that one on BGA. It’s a good game tabletop, though, if you like programmed movement games.
I actually super-hate Roborally, but I didn’t get the same play vibe with Xidit. Probably because I don’t have to flip my brain 90/180 degrees to play.
You don’t need to flip and you don’t have an arbitrary limit on what you can do in your turn. And every action is available every turn. There’s none of that I NEED TO TURN LEFT BUT I DON’T HAVE A LEFT TURN CARD aspect.
Yes, all those things too.
God DAMN I hate RR.
See, I love RR. But then I was in a game where one friend was caught in “Hell’s Toilet” for four hours. By the end of that, the game had changed from “WIN THE RACE” to “GET WENDY OFF OF THIS BOARD!” and we were all working together.
I don’t like RR myself, but Xidit, mainly because all actions are possible on all beats, is much more open (and you can’t get locked into any action forever, like you can with RR).
LoX is far more like Chess than RR is, in that the victory will go to the player who is best able to anticipate his opponent’s moves and capitalize on the resources that the other players aren’t already fighting over.
I have no feel at all online as to which warriors are being taken by which players. I don’t love the memory-game aspect of that, especially since the warriors chosen are open information. The census step every four years helps a little but kind of not really, not when you’re firing on all pistons.
The folks I was just playing with were recruiting and threat-killing at least twice every year. Every year. Maybe they were paying attention to what everyone was taking, I don’t know. But that’s a design thing that has always bugged me.
I was like, “Let’s check out this BGA thing Paul just mentioned. Oooohh, you can watch games. Maybe someone is actually playing this game right now? Uh… 102 XIDIT GAMES IN PROGRESS?!”
So I guess BGA is kinda popular. Unless Paul is playing 100 simultaneous games (wouldn’t put it past you, Paul).
BGA is the most incredible thing, Christian. Just look through all the games they offer. And they’re just beautifully executed.
Makes me wish I’d launched the thing. I hope they’re solvent!
It is a lot of games. Seeing that there’s a turn-based option makes it even more appealing…
I keep meaning to get on BGA, apparently there’s another game to check out now. (I was mostly interested for Race for the Galaxy and Tash-Kalar.)
Hey Andy Hauge (and Paul Beakley and others?), I was just looking at Race as well. I’ve played it before a couple of times, so i know the basic rules, but I don’t really know most of the cards well. Should we start a low-pressure turn-based game together? 🙂
Haha I am demonically good at Race.
But sure, yeah, we can play a low-pressure game of it.
I can…try? I’m prolly not as good as Paul, but I have some XP under my belt.
Do they do async play?
I don’t know how turn-based play works with BGA, but we can at least try it out 🙂
And Paul Beakley, we’ll observe your skills in action and absorb them via osmosis 🙂
I made an account via G+ login; that was easy. It even called me xenopulse. So everyone interested, let me know what your account name is so I can friend you and get you in the game.
CarpeGuitarrem here. (It’s only my handle almost everywhere.)
I’m pbeakley. Aw yeah.
So who wants in for a game of Race or Xidit?
I made a friends-only game of Race. Can you find it just by looking at my profile or do I need to post a link or something?
oh. I also just made a game of LoX
Oh, I guess it started as soon as a second player joined…
Christian Griffen: Yeah, I’m not sure what happened there. I don’t mind doing a 1v1 as well as a 1v1v1, if you can figure out a way to create a game that doesn’t do that.
…does anyone know how to add friends on BGA? I can’t figure it out.
Just like RL, then, Paul Beakley? 😉
Click on “Community” at the top of the page. IN the upper left, look for the box that says “Find a player or a group.” Put the username in there. Hit enter. It’ll find you.
Should I start a game and only invite you guys?
Don’t invite me right now. I’m technically at work and working, so there is a ton of potential for me to slow the game down to a crawl.
This will take some getting used to via phone, but it seems to be working 🙂
Just because you get invited doesn’t mean you have to accept, Franklin. Just spectate, jeez.
Okay! Added all y’all.
WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THEY HAD TWIN TIN BOTS?
They have Twin Tin Bots.
Could you fine people please find my profile (UserClone) and give me a thumbs up?
I have three up and two down, and my 60% Opinion rating resulting is WELL below the 90% people seem to be requiring for their tables.
Don’t be a douche and you won’t get thumbs-down. Jeez.
It won’t let anyone adjust your reputation if they haven’t gamed with you recently.
I wasn’t a douche. People who lose are often douches, though, and consequently thumb you down for no reason other than they’re mad they lost and they know it represents 20% of your Opinion.
Eric Franklin that is an absurd “feature.”
Joseph Le May Yes and no. It means that people can’t just randomly find your account and vote you down, either.
I … hm. What games are these?
I ask because I’ve got like…620 thumbs up and 2 thumbs down. I say hello and thank you. Are you using your politeness words?
I mean. I usually don’t say anything unless the other player decides to chat me up. Does not officially greeting the other player warrant a downvote?
Only if you’re playing with jackasses.
There’s a way to communicate?
Also, fun first game! Lost 34 to 40, not bad given that I had to remember the game rules and often can’t check a card’s properties (select and hover seem to be the same on touch screens).
I <3 Consume/Produce loops. :-D I was shaking my fist at the deck for not giving me good draws, though.
Really good to play this game again, and the turn-based play is a nice way to play in realtime when you’re both on, but keep the game going when you’re not.
I communicate mostly as a hedge against downvotes.
…?? That’s fucking silly. When you play a game against strangers that requires no verbal communication to play the game, who would think you’re enough of an asshole to downvote you for not saying anything?
I opened a new Race game, no reputation requirement, up to 4 players (friends only).
Did you drop out on purpose Joseph Le May or did I hit a wrong button or something? 🙂
GIVE HIM THE RED THUMB
You can’t talk Paul Beakley cause you’re shunning us completely.
I’m not! Parenting obligations, sorry.
Xidit is up for Andy, Joseph and Christian! #gitsum
…But if Christian’s RftG fires first it might shut my table down. Dunno!
Turn based is for babies. I don’t know much about it.
Eric Franklin it’s turn based and there’s a fifth slot left. Want in?
By which I mean, “FUCK YEAH.”
… it looks like it’s set for four. At the least, I don’t have the option to join.
Woot! I’m in. Thank you.
Give me a sec to look up the LoX rules…
Well what the actual fuck. Game started.
Sorry Joseph! Looks like I dropped you or something.
Oh sorry y’all, I stepped out to pick up my living room a bit
Heads-up, I will have to head out in roughly 1 hour, but I’m cool with fumbling about and figuring out the game in the meantime.
Oh, Hell. It looks like I can play on my phone, too. I wonder if my Kindle Fire will support the interface, as well.
This is a Very Bad Thing for me to learn, BTW.
Oh yeah man, it’s very universal.
Yeah I’ve been playing on my phone here. On the train home now 🙂
The greatest trick Paul B ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
Duh, I overlooked the “recruit only one unit per year per city” rule :/
Yeah it’s an important one.
In about five minutes, I’m going to disappear for at least an hour.
In about 5 minutes, I’m going to disappear for longer than that.
Christian Griffen: Yup, me too, haha. But now I won’t forget it! (And this game is refreshingly simple, now that I digested the rules.)
Definitely digging this game so far, though. Thanks for sucking me into this delightful vortex!
I’m almost home, too, so I guess we’re all disappearing 🙂 But with it being turn based, we can get our next moves in here and there.
P.S. seeing your Beaker avatar with a crown on top of it is the BEST THING EVER.
It’s pretty awesome. The crown is a new addition! I think it means we’re paying.
…flexes his enormous RftG pecs
I have no clue what’s going on in LoX, by the way. Need to find time to read those rules again 🙂
Oh me either. Eric Franklin is gonna spank us all.
I’ve got a pretty good handle on it, but not really on the strategy, exactly. I’m starting to understand that part.
I don’t think I’m gonna win this. Winning the census isn’t the same as winning the game.
I also have an unfair advantage in that I was part of the translation team for this one. Uncredited, though, which is odd for them …
I love that Paul Beakley wanders away (offline) just as the ball starts rolling on this game.
Getting ready to play IRL!
That is the worst excuse. Everyone knows that people IRL aren’t real. It’s us internet folk that have actual flesh-and-blood existence!
… or do I have that backwards again?