First off - hello! I'm Josh. Been lurking for a bit, and just got my first core set for christmas. I've been a card gamer for a while, mostly Decipher's Star Wars CCG. I've found answers to several of my newbie questions on here already - thanks for that. I'll hold the rest of those for now, as I'm currently reading through the topics returned by a Search for "noob" in the message title, and I'm sure I'll continue to find existing answers to the silliest of my questions.
I have just a couple general questions for now:
1) Defending a challenge, but losing by A LOT. It seems that if you can't (or don't want to) stop a challenge, but also don't want it to go through unopposed, defending with just 1 chump is the best way to go, regardless of the total STR of the attacker. Now, I know there's a card (or so) in the Core set that says "If you win by 4 or more STR…" you get extra goodies, but without any card effects, when defending a challenge, is losing by 1 really the same as losing by 12? That offends my mindset, which admittedly, is not yet tuned to this game.
Again, I've only got the Core set, and I assume there are a lot more cards that make winning by a lot more profitable. Please please tell me that's the case.
2) Is there a sort of spoiler-alert list for the seperate expansions & cycles? My wife is my opponent (and doing so well!), and she's still reading A Dance with Dragons. We want to get more cards, but I've seen a couple cards from the Queen of Dragons expansion, for example, that I don't want to spoil anything in the book for her. Are the early chapter packs safe? Seeing "Bones of a Child" in the Core set tripped me up a bit, as if I recall correctly, that's from Book 5.
Thanks a lot for any light you may be able to shed on these points. We are really enjoying this game, and looking forward to getting in deeper. I'm also really liking the community here!