Hit 7th Continent again and had a much better time. After clearing what I will politely call Tutorial Island, we reached...THE SEVENTH CONTINENT.
Hunting is the main way to regularly refill the action deck, without which the game ends. So with a bow, some bolas, and a blowpipe, and accompanied by man's best friend, fire, we did some hunting regularly and had a much more sustainable game. That said, it was still very much designed to fuck you over for being curious, with no real way to exercise prudence other than 'not investigate stuff', which still strikes me as just bad game design. There are decisions where the results are just 50/50 between bad/good and there's no way to influence them. It's slightly bizarre. I was playing Lovecraft again, and while amusing to imagine everyone's long-faced miserabilist utterly failing to cope with the challenges of an unknown continent (much like in the game), it's also a bit try-hard at times.
Some aspects of it are great, but some of it is laborious and ungainly. It took several attempts to work out how the fuck the inventory system is supposed to work (simple hand limit? Fuck off, mate.) and even after reading the rulebook and the FAQ, we had to keep checking, which is just deathly in a game where you're supposed to be getting tooled up to go adventuring. It is really fun, but it's more down to the group's attitude than the game, so far. We played for almost four hours, and appear to be doing well. I don't think we're that close to finishing this curse though, so perhaps another 8-12 hours? I can imagine a table flip if we get close to the end and crash out, and have nothing to show for it. A certain amount of the game just has
to be done, you can't effectively speedrun it. And looking at our situation, we're quite well equipped, so I'm unaware of what exactly the game will put in our path to cause us to lose without being very arbitrary about it. Any big test isn't that much of an obstacle, as a loss merely means retreating to lick our wounds and hunt to refresh the deck for another attempt.