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What did I tell you about late October?

Nothing to see here, although I have a few thoughts about the issue of the day. Talk amongst yourselves, although I am tempted to buy B&O.

Written by taogaming

October 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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  1. Played Baltimore and Ohio last night and found it to be pretty fantastic. I think I might actually prefer it to the 18XX games I have played (and own).

    I was having a pretty good stretch of 18Mex games, but I don’t see how I can play it over B&O at this point.

    Jesse Dean

    October 31, 2010 at 9:34 am

    • I’d have probably ordered it already, but my money is earmarked for RB3. I do want to try it, though.


      October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

  2. Got to try RB3 last night at a friend’s house (I, believe it or not, do not own an X-Box, nor a console system of any kind). I was kinda disappointed with the keyboards. Pro Keys totally mystified me, even at the Easy level. Damn it, music is supposed to scroll horizontally, not vertically! I wonder if my piano playing experience hurt me more than helped me. I agree that giving a clue about the key signature would have been helpful (particularly since I don’t usually play rock on my piano, so it was an adjustment playing in a key like E or A, rather than F or Eb, more typical for pop songs). But more than anything, I just couldn’t associate the symbols scrolling down with my fingers on the keys. Working without a musical staff was more difficult than I ever thought it would be.

    OTOH, the Standard Keys mode was fun, but a little boring. It was nice to have an instrument that I could play at the hardest level, but in that mode, the keyboard is essentially equivalent to the guitars. But I still had a good time and look forward to when we can do it again.

    Larry Levy

    October 31, 2010 at 10:54 am

    • Yes, the toughest part with Piano is reading music … ok, I’m a butter fingers, but for me I can still often play chords + melody if it could read it at speed. Sheet music is a complex system, but we’ve already invested the time. Unfortunately RB3 uses their own complex system, instead of letting the user pick. (RB4, perhaps).

      I’m told that Pro Guitars is a nightmare for reading, which I’d believe, since I can’t decipher the tablatures I see on piano music. That’s not going to stop me.

      If you go into Training and learn a song, it’s actually quite nice. 1) It says the key, 2) It gives you a riff and keeps repeating the riff/section over and over until you ace it a few times or decide to move on, instead of just letting you play through the whole song or a section. Imagine (by Lennon) is basically three repeated riffs, and it really brings that home. It also skips over dead space (a real issue with keyboards on the song).


      October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

  3. Baltimore & Ohio has some very nice aspects, especially the simplification involved in using cubes instead of track tiles. However, I find the detailed planning involved in making sure your revenue grows to be fiddly (and I usually have a high tolerance for fiddliness.) Also, I’m not sure eliminating the traditional limit of 60% on the amount of a corporation one player owns is an improvement, though it’s obviously more realistic.

    Eric Brosius

    October 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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