So, I've been trying to wade through the sequence of purchases to make certain DUST Tactics products usable starting with just the Revised Core Set because, honestly, it's a little confusing. With the knowledge that FFG has the rules from the expansions available as pdfs, and that the Upgrade Cards are largely an aesthetic formality, and that some units don't REQUIRE a Hero, I was still trying to sort out a rough heriarchy of expansion purchases to help myself remember, and maybe help others in the same situation.
Is there anything I'm missing that kinda requires something else to use effectively? Suggestions?
If FFG would like a suggestion from a new player's perspective (probably not!), including the Unit Upgrade Cards, even if they are just printed in the back of the rules, would both be very helpful for to have just for planning purchases, but as a reference when playing with others, and would also serve as a great advertisement for your other DUST products. Also, the included playmats just seem too incompatible with all the other expansions to really be combined, but it's pretty disheartening to purchase the Tile Set because its so much of the same terrain. I really do like the cheaper entry point for the product - the Revised Set is what finally prompted a purchase - but it really feels like I can't buy ANY of your other stuff until I buy the Upgrade Cards AND the Tile Set, which carries an MSRP of $45. If the original Core set is out of print (and $200-ish pretty much everywhere) Is it too much to hope for a late-adopter Operation Blue Thunder expansion that includes the original tiles, scenarios, errata-corrected Upgrade Cards, and the Heroes that came with it in one convenient essential-second-puchase package?
I am new to all this, like I said, and some of that stuff is as much about aesthetics as it not owning a printer, so your mileage may vary, but that's my take on it, and I thought I'd share!