Sooo... Blood Moon go the worst ending (two of them) which can destroy the fun? So Highlands and Sacred Pool at start.
Considering only the Endings, the Blood Moon isn't the best expansion. Of course it has many other good features, but even though many persons like it a lot (myself included), I won't say it's good as first expansion. It has even more Adventure Cards than the base game, so it adds a strong presence with its theme, and features mechanics which work well against deck dilution. NPC figure, Lycanthropy, Lunar Events and Day/NIght mechanics are all good additions to the game, but I would say they add well to an advanced game.
On the other hand, I don't think the Dungeon is an expansion that requires to be posponed too much. Every Talisman player that followed 4th Edition since the beginning has met the Dungeon first. The cards and gameplay are straigthforward and not very different from the base game. Highland adds Trinkets, which are Objects that do not count towards carrying capacity, so no big changes as well, but the overall feeling of the place is a bit bland IMHO, even though there are nice cards here and there that spice everything up. Dungeon can be monotone because it's a continuous drawing of Enemies, but after so many years I still like it a lot and it's my favourite big box expansion (among the first 4, of course, the Woodland is still to come).
The Highland will be ok as a first expansion, but if compared to the Dungeon it has
- 3 Alternative Endings (Dungeon has none)
- 6 Characters (Dungeon has 5)
- 4 Relic Cards (Dungeon has 10 Treasure cards, but they are less accessible than the Relic Cards)
- 10 Spell Cards (Dungeon has 20, most of them are essential ones)
The differences between Highland and Dungeon cards are not that relevant, even though the Highland deck is slightly bigger.
Highland is ok if you look for the Endings and a Region that you can explore from the start of the game, while Dungeon is better if you want more Spells and a challenging environment for the second half of the game, with a new way to reach the Crown of Command (still you will play with the standard ending).
Edited by The_Warlock, 23 May 2014 - 03:55 AM.