So since our last Blog post we’ve had a number of new reviews come out for Assembly that I haven’t quite kept up with and we still have a few more to go! Here’s the run down fo the latest ones:
Richard at Rahdo Runs-Through
|“It’s a lovely little design. It’s a fun fast puzzle of a game that’s tight and compact and has a Hanabi feeling. It’s a sharp, sweet, fun little coop game.” Watch it.
Rahdo also does a run-down of the UKGE where he talks about Assembly. Watch it.
David at Everything Board Games
|“Assembly does not hesitate to put its all into the theme. The mechanics of word choice and coordination, framed as the computer acting against you, is genius. [It’s] a game that draws you into its world and keeps you there until your last breath. Assembly is a nail-biting card game where the prize for success is your life. When I say this game is tight, I mean it. It’s intense enough to make Pandemic veterans shake with fear. If someone could make a board game out of a Rubik’s Cube, it would look a lot like Assembly.” Read it.|
Rory at Board Meetings
|“What you’ll get with Assembly is a neat puzzle game, but more than that, this strikes a great co-op chord. Not only does a victory feel especially shared and equally achieved, but in playing this game you’ll create a muster point of thought, where there is a degree of pleasure and alarm (in almost equal measure) when both players are on the same page… Assembly is on Kickstarter now for £16 and for that, you’d be a smeghead for missing out.” Read it.|
Krista at Geek Girl Project
|“I highly recommend checking out the Kickstarter campaign as this is a game that I can honestly say I love everything about it – the replayability; the wonderful quality of the wooden tokens; the gameplay; the exhilaration that comes with trying to beat the clock; learning to communicate differently and more effectively with my fellow players; literally everything!” Read more.|
Rebecca at To Play is Human
|“We really enjoyed playing Assembly. It’s such a great 2-player puzzle game and I love the replayability. The random shuffling of the bay cards in combination with the random order of the room module stack means you will have a different puzzle nearly every time you play. Clearly a lot of playtesting was done to get the number of deck shuffles and number of cards down to nearly the minimum necessary. It’s a tight puzzle!” Read more.|
Joshua at Logan Chops Reviews
|“The gameplay is awesome. It’s a pretty interesting game and we had a lot of fun. We’re planning on playing the hell out of it; I think we need to work on our strategy for the game as our highest score is 20 points!” Watch it.|
Jean-Michael at INOD
|“Assembly rassemble plusieurs points très forts. Les premiers étant la possibilité d’y évoluer en solo ou en coopération à 2. Des atouts peu courants, pourtant recherchés. Le mix de dé, cartes et jetons est également toujours intéressant. Surtout qu’Assembly y apporte sa touche par la mise en place du vaisseau, via les cartes. Le détail faisant la différence.“ Lire l’avis complet.|
Delve Cast Podcast
|An interview with Janice where they talk about Assembly, cyber sharks and other random things. Listen now.|
GeekSpiel’s Table Crashers Episode
|“I have been watching this game develop. A small box coop with a power-hungry sentient computer? Yes, please. To be truthful, I haven’t been this excited about a game on Kickstarter since Eric Lang’s…well, everything.”
Watch Chris and Emma play a game of Assembly, recorded live on Twitch. Watch now.
On day 12 of the campaign, Assembly reached the 100% funding goal and is now unlocking stretch goals!
If you’d like to get your hands on a copy (in time for Christmas) then here’s how to do it. There are 4 pledge levels:
- Observer: A digital copy of the PnP with final art, £3.
- Basic Escape: A single copy of the base game of Assembly and all related stretch goals, £16.
- Advanced Escape: A single copy of both the Assembly based game and Glitches Expansion, £21.
- Participant: Name a character, get a playmat and a prototype copy of the game signed by the designers as well as everything at the Advanced Escape level, £250.
Assembly is LIVE on Kickstarter!
We’ve had a great response from reviewers and playtesters alike about Assembly, and we’re hugely humbled that it’s been compared with the likes of Pandemic, Hanabi, Eric Lang’s catalogue of games and even a Rubik’s Cube! We never dreamt we’d be compared to boardgames in that league. Thank-you so much for everyone’s support so far! Whether we fund or not, we’re feeling pretty proud right now!
If you’d like to get yourself a copy of Assembly for just £16 then head on over and back the campaign now!
Janice was recently interviewed by Lindsay at Shiny Happy Meeples about how our upcoming Kickstarter and how she got into board game design.
“So, is Assembly your first Kickstarter, and can you tell me a little about how Wren games came to be?
Hi Lindsay! Yes, Assembly is our first Kickstarter – quite nail biting really. We’re definitely having pre-launch jitters right now, getting worse every day! Can’t believe there’s less than a week to go! Self-doubt is strongly setting in but we’re trying to hold the course, just a few more bits and pieces left to get ready.“
Read the full interview over on Shiny Happy Meeples’ Blog.
What’s Eric Playing have written a preview of Assembly. Here’s what Eric thought:
“Overall, I think Assembly is a lot of fun! If you’re looking for a fun solo puzzle, this is definitely it, but if you’re looking for a very strategic two-player cooperative puzzle, this will likely satisfy that part of your collective brain as well. I’d recommend at either player count. One thing that I particularly like is how clear and distinguishable the symbols on the Room Modules are so that players don’t have to rely on color (or their perception of color) to be able to effectively play the game. There are a lot of good design elements at play [in Assembly]. I’m a fan. “
You can read the full preview here.
Janice was recently interviewed by AnnaMaria at Girls Play Games about how she got into board games and board game design.
“What got you into board games?
My hubby and I started playing board games about 5 years ago. I’d been hearing people talk about it at work and unbeknownst to me Stu had been following board game related discussions online.
One day I came home and asked what all this stuff about board games was and Stu responded that he’d just bought one! The next day Pandemic arrived and we excitedly opened it and played it, and then again and then again by which point it was way past our normal bedtime! The following night we did the same and here began our love of board games! A month later we got our second and third games, both Pandemic expansions which are all still in our collection today, which consists of almost exclusively cooperative games.”
Read the full interview over on Girls Play Games’s Blog.
Go Fatherhood have written a preview of Assembly. Here’s what Dave thought:
“If you’re thinking that this game sounds rather like low level computer programming, you’d be correct. With my ancient degree in computer science, maybe that’s part of why I enjoy it so much, but particularly as a solo game it’s a rather meditative and quick playing entertainment. I recommend Assembly and think that Janice & Stu have done a really good job of balancing simplicity with strategy.”
You can read the full preview here.