So I read through the rules and realized that this game is hard. There are some definite limitations to advancing forward.
3 heroes per player = 3 resources per round
1 encounter draw per round per player
Committing to a quest, defending, and attacking all require Exhaustion of the character. One character can only do ONE of these actions.
I can see it already. Because enemies attack first and the negative for not defending is so harsh (direct damage!), you will be defending when possible. Which means that you need to plan ahead and not commit characters to quests.
AH! This game has a very euro-game feel to it! Too much to do and not enough time! I can see intro turns working out as build up to horde resources, equip. But as you advance, you will need to be making a lot of sacrifices as you get forced into limitations by card draw, resources, and just the quirks of the game board.
Just initial thoughts....I'm excited for this game. Loving that it can be played single player! Sometimes it's hard to find friends!