I don't think it's a secret how much I love the game Star Realms. It is without a doubt my most played game. Which is down to the totally awesome app of the game. And the app is amazing value really, buy once, get across all platforms the game is available on, plus online multiplayer that is platform independent.
Cthulhu Realms is touted as an improved Star Realms. From supporting up to four players straight out of the box, one less faction, faster ramp up, weaker faction synergy abilities, locations easier to destroy.
So why am I not playing Cthulhu Realms more? Or even instead of Star Realms?
Well if you remember back to when the game came out and I got my copy I played my first game with Nath.
Nath didn't enjoy playing the game, despite loving Star Realms. For Nath the iconography of the cards got in the way of him enjoying the game. Now you could argue that if we had persevered with the icons with more plays then it would become less of an issue.
However even with the handy action summary on the sanity tracking card, deciphering the icons slowed the game down.
The other main stumbling block is there no app for the game! I think part of the success of Star Realms can be put down to its app. I'm not reliant on being able to get together with people to play, I can play solo against the AI, play a campaign, or online against others.
Then there is the Star Realms community that has built up around the game. Which once again has been aided big time with the app.
So despite Cthulhu Realms being the technically better game, it will not get much play with me while I still have that learning curve of the iconography to get over. An app would help with that big time. Plus the app would solve the problem of finding someone to play with (and it has to have online play from day one).
This game needs the app fast, else it will remain an also ran.
UPDATE: apparently TMG have an app in development with White Wizard