Well and Truly Hexed

Now this is always a nice email surprise:

Title: Your account has been deleted!
From: noreply@gameforge.com

Greetings XXXX!

Your HEX account has been permanently deleted. We hope you had a fun time in the world of Entrath.

Maybe you’d like to continue your adventure in the future?
Then visit us at http://hex.gameforge.com/.
We hope to see you again one day.

Until then!
The HEX Team

And if you’re wondering, yes, it’s legit. Getting bought by a German company is serious business.

Almost exactly three years ago, I backed Hex on Kickstarter to the tune of $85. That remains one of the dumbest game-related purchases I have ever made, and not just because Hearthstone came onto the scene three months later and sucked all the oxygen out of the digital CCG room.

Looking through my archives, I don’t see many posts about Hex. Which sort of makes sense, as I believe I only really played it twice in the last three years. The first time was a session that lasted just long enough for me to realize that the card browser was a hideous mess and having to press Pass Priority a million times – an unfortunate feature just as shameless stolen from Magic Online as everything else – was not the future I wanted to live in.

I tried again about a year later, noted little improvement, found out that they were already releasing the third (or fourth) expansion set, and realized that my unopened Kickstarter packs were likely worth even less, assuming they were worth anything to begin with. Supposedly there is PvE now, but facing the prospect of needing to throw in additional dollars just to do basic stuff like drafting and seemed absurd in a post-Hearthstone world. Yeah, Hearthstone does have the option to charge you, but I haven’t been spending a dime to play in almost a year. In this game space, that’s a big deal.

In any case, I have not been back to Hex since then. And apparently I never will.

[Fake Edit] Word on the street now is that they are rolling back all the deletions, as it seems there was a “glitch” in the notifications that got sent out. Or didn’t get sent out, as the case may be. Glad everyone has the opportunity to download the client, accept the ToS, and promptly uninstall the game for another three years.

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Posted on May 19, 2016, in Miscellany and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This was pretty much my exact experience with this game. The interface felt “far away” for lack of a better description. I felt like I was looking down at my cards from the ceiling.

    I also got that email yesterday, and felt a brief twinge of WTF!? that quickly faded to “meh”. Fortunately I had only spent $20 on the Kickstarter. Oh well at least there’s ESL coming up.

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  2. Matches my experience, too, except I only got burned to the tune of $50, and at least I got $5 back selling my friend invite to beta way back in the day.

    Definitely a game for those who like complicated for complicateds sake. I think it’s true appeal is as a deck-building game for rich people, the actual gameplay is abominable, and the balance bad enough to push all the fun into building the combo-wombo decks, not playing them afterwards.

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  3. Wow man, that does sound horrible. Scraping this one off the (imaginative) list.

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