Rage - What's all the Rage about?
- OK - as far as I know, Rage only got played once at the South Shore Gamers.
I don't remember reading about it being played at any other local groups
recently. But at Funagain, the praise couldn't be any better with people
claiming it to be fantastic - it's always in stock and then sold out within
a few weeks. I didn't sit at the Rage table but there were lots of
grumblings and such and none seemed to want to play it again. Any chance
you guys got the rules wrong and just missed the game? Or was it that bad?
Here is the excerpt from the session report I wrote a while back:
Rage Details: My understanding is this did not go over very well. Ratings
were very poor. I bought it on the strength that it has been a big online
seller and that it's inexpensive. I think the group felt it was too random
to predict the bids. Maybe a rule was mis-interpreted? Don't know, but I
hope to play and decide for myself - if only I can find someone left willing
to try it! They aborted after just 4 rounds. Based on the comments I heard,
the 5 ratings might have been kind.
Game Scores: David=42, Alison=16, Mark=13, Jenn=3, Jonathan=0
Ratings: David=5, Alison=5.5, Mark=5, Jenn=3, Jonathan=5.5
Any comments on this game?
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- --- Dave Bernazzani <dber@...> wrote:
I'm very puzzled about this game. I purchased for
many of the same reasons as Dave (the fact that this
is another instance where Dave and I are thinking
alike is starting to scare me a bit ;-) ). I'm also a
big fan of the standard card game Oh Hell and the
variant Wizard. Hearing that Rage was similar I
eagerly wanted to try it. I have read the rules, but
never played. The reading of the rules left me
scratching my head on how this game was so popular.
It seems fairly chaotic and luck driven taking away a
lot of the skill in bidding a hand as in Oh Hell. Now
maybe the chaos makes for a very entertaining game for
non gamers/families, but at first blush, it seemed to
be an inferior version of one of my favorite cards
> Here is the excerpt from the session report I wroteHmmm, looking at the ratings gives me some insight. I
> a while back:
> Rage Details: My understanding is this did not go
> over very well. Ratings
> were very poor. I bought it on the strength that it
> has been a big online
> seller and that it's inexpensive. I think the group
> felt it was too random
> to predict the bids. Maybe a rule was
> mis-interpreted? Don't know, but I
> hope to play and decide for myself - if only I can
> find someone left willing
> to try it! They aborted after just 4 rounds. Based
> on the comments I heard,
> the 5 ratings might have been kind.
> Game Scores: David=42, Alison=16, Mark=13, Jenn=3,
> Ratings: David=5, Alison=5.5, Mark=5, Jenn=3,
dont' think I have ever played a card game/trick
taking game with Mark, Jenn or Jonathan (I'm sure
Dave's game records might prove otherwise) so I don't
know their overall reaction to these types of games,
but I have played them with Alison and David on
several occasions (Sheepshead) which gets rated very
highly by them and myself so seeing a 5 and 5.5 from
the hansels doesn't speak very well for Rage at all
and I suspect, my rating would max out there as well.
Alison any comments on Rage?
Dave R. plays cards games quite a bit as does Emily -
Dave have you guys played Rage? What's the scoop?
For now, Rage's consistant place in the top 10 of
Funagain current sales will by one of the great
unsolved mysteries of our time.
Craig W. Massey
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- --- In Unity_Games@egroups.com, "Dave Bernazzani" <dber@g...> wrote:
> OK - as far as I know, Rage only got played once at the South ShoreGamers.
> I don't remember reading about it being played at any other localgroups
> recently. But at Funagain, the praise couldn't be any better withpeople
> claiming it to be fantastic - it's always in stock and then soldout
> a few weeks. I didn't sit at the Rage table but there were lots ofchance
> grumblings and such and none seemed to want to play it again. Any
> you guys got the rules wrong and just missed the game? Or was itthat bad?
>I find the whole Rage on Funagain thing very strange. There seems
to be some weird cycle where people buy it because it's a cheap
best-seller, which makes other people buy it. Then a few must like
it, and post their praise. I think Aaron Fuegi's top 100 list is
a more reliable indicator of the worth of games than the reviews
at Funagain. Rage ranks #645 there with an average rating of 5.55
from 11 voters (compared to Oh Hell which ranks #134 with an
average of 6.47 from 34 voters).
I was at the Rage table at SSG and
I really don't think we got the rules wrong. We double-checked
because we were surprised the game was so bad. The consensus was
that it was a bad Oh Hell variant. Wizard is a better Oh Hell
variant (ranking #175 with an average of 6.29 from 35 voters on
Aaron's list), if you want to play one.
> --- Dave B wrote:Yeah, we didn't like Rage at all. It is a mystery to me why this
> Rage snippage...
> --- Craig wrote:
> I'm very puzzled about this game.
> Hmmm, looking at the ratings gives me some insight....
> so seeing a 5 and 5.5 from
> the Hansels doesn't speak very well for Rage at all
> and I suspect, my rating would max out there as well.
> Alison any comments on Rage?
game is so popular. We speculated that maybe many people just have
never played Oh Hell or one if its many variants and that basic
idea is what really interests them. Or perhaps they have played
such games but find them too challenging and want total randomness
added into the mix.
David and I really enjoy Wizard (that was my first introduction to
such games) and were very disappointed to see how the special cards
in Rage affected game play. The idea of being able to change the
value of a trick or change the trump is interesting, but you can only
play special cards when you could play a trump, so you can't ever do
anything to your own benefit, really. Plus the trump changing thing
is totally random, you just turn over the next card of the deck. You
don't even get to pick it, like Crazy Eights or something! And it
stays trump through remaining tricks. That part reminded me of
Trumpet (another game which was real popular) which we didn't like
very much either. Why have a trick taking game with trumps and then
change trump every minute????????
I'm also sorry to say that I really don't think we got a rule wrong.
I wish it were so! We did only have the German rules, but David was
overseeing the on-site rules translation.
So, Rage is definitely not something I would want to play again,
especially given that there are so many other good Oh Hell variants
But maybe someone has other insights??