Had a great surprise this frosty Oxfordshire Sunday morning! Opened my shed door to find a package from the states with my Nether Realm Expansion inside Mr Postman must have left it there yesterday.
Anyhow I have had a good look and I think it's great. Well done Mr New (and of course to all involved with it's development).
I love the way these cards add lots of interesting encounter elements beyond merely rolling to attack and adding str or craft. Makes encounters that bit more interesting. Of particular note Is the horrifying "Nether Torment" and "Nether Blight". Hands down these are the most dangerous cards in the entire game (discounting turning over the horrible black void on the CoC)
When I was first browsing the cards and read these I was like "ok, Nether Blight Str 6, thats not so bad and Oh Nether Torment Craft 5 just like a wraith really" Then I reread them carefully and I was like "darn thats Attack Roll not attack score".
All the strength and craft in the world will account for nothing if you roll low on that dice and have no fate or reroll unluckily. Proper game over man.
The Pandoras box Alternate ending is my new personal favorite. I really like the tactical choices you have when choosing which player to hit with a Nether realm card though I have a clarification question:
Q) Can we look at the Nether Realm card before choosing a player to use it against or do we have to issue it blind and hope it's appropriately nasty?
Here's hoping we see it incorporated into Talisman digital too.