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#1 MStrauss

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 09:27 PM

Hey all, 

 

This is a question that's been on my mind. I've only ever beaten Ithaqua with a single investigator, I've beaten Pharoah with both a single and with a team of two or three (never four), and I just recently completed a little personal challenge of beating Yig with every Investigator in a row (but not in one sitting) without ever losing a single game. 

 

I know one of the big draws of multiple investigators is that not everything is riding on one character, that if one person dies its no big deal. Plus, you get a variety of abilities to draw from. But I think the benefit of loading a single investigator up with trophies and items outweighs any potential negatives. 

 

It also seems a bit more thematic, as Lovecraftian stories usually center on a single character going it alone as their world closes in around themselves. So, let me slightly reword the question in the topic line: Is there any campaign/ancient one that you can't solo? 

 

Also, nothing to do with the question above, but I didn't want to start a new thread... does anyone know how exactly Jim Culver's ability works? It's never made sense to me!



#2 Finnius

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 11:27 PM

I have solo'd every campaign and won with Jenny Barnes...except Dark Pharoah. I killed him but died during the Lurker phase due to lack of enough clues. Would love to know who you used for your winning solo run.

As for solo versus multiples, it has been said elsewhere in this forum that the game is actually a bit easier with 1 rather than a team. I myself found many of the early campaigns much tougher when using 4. Using Jenny I breezed thru all the campaigns thru Cthulhu pretty easily... Ithaqua was definitely a challenge tho.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:01 AM

I've defeated even Dark Pharaoh with Jenny, it is perfectly doable.


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#4 Finnius

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 05:14 PM

That's what I figured, just need to give it another go...was really close the last time



#5 xfoley8

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 02:11 PM

Jim Culver's ability allows you to focus a die without failing a task.  Normally you can only focus if you failed to resolve any tasks.  So, as an example, if you have two tasks, one with 3 terror and one with a single peril, if you roll 3 terror and a peril on a single roll, you can take care of the terror task and focus the peril for the 2nd.  Vice versa works, too- if you roll a peril, a terror, and the rest are investigations or lore, you can solve the peril task and focus the terror for the next roll to try for the missing 2 terror.

 

I find Jim pretty useful.



#6 MStrauss

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:49 PM

I have solo'd every campaign and won with Jenny Barnes...except Dark Pharoah. I killed him but died during the Lurker phase due to lack of enough clues. Would love to know who you used for your winning solo run.


I used Marie. I'm currently working through ALLthe ancient ones with each character solo. Completed all of Yig and about 1/4 of Tsathougga. Obviously Rex and Leo's special abilities won't mean much :-p

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

I have solo'd every campaign and won with Jenny Barnes...except Dark Pharoah. I killed him but died during the Lurker phase due to lack of enough clues. Would love to know who you used for your winning solo run.

As for solo versus multiples, it has been said elsewhere in this forum that the game is actually a bit easier with 1 rather than a team. I myself found many of the early campaigns much tougher when using 4. Using Jenny I breezed thru all the campaigns thru Cthulhu pretty easily... Ithaqua was definitely a challenge tho.


Was using Wendy Adams. Just make sure you always have the Healer in your team. My other teammate was the one that ignores daily locked glyphs etc. And do everything you can to keep those 2 alive.

Ithaqua was alright, I was solo-ing with that gangster that changes terror into peril. played 4 games, won 2, lost 2.



#8 Duraham

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

back to OP's question, the only reason to not solo is when your effects can only be used once per day, eg. Psychologist, Doctor, Researcher. Even then I wouldnt recommend a full 4 player team.






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