Currently the core set is "out of stock" at every store (physical & online) I have checked or priced considerably higher than list price (either abse or ICW shipping cost). All the expansions give in the description that they are not stand alone and require the core set. Is this accurate and is the core set required to play?
I am interested in the game and have been reading up on it (read the rules pdf, reading through the card database, reading through the FAQ/errata, the forum, etc) and have trouble understanding why I need the core set. Although there may be some specific cards from the core set that are needed/desired it seems I could get enough cards to try the came out through the purchase of a couple of the deluze expansions and an asylum pack or two?
I was thinking that if I picked up the Key and the Gate, the Seekers of Knowledge, and maybe one or two asylum packs or the Terror in Venice that I would have enough cards to build at least a Yog-Sothoth deck and a Miskatonic deck and try things out.
Is this accurate/reasonable?