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  1. I think that Descent 3rd is inevitable, but the question is when will be the right time? For now, the app is driving sales pretty well. SoN sold out everywhere almost immediately after the new RtL campaign was announced. I expect they'll continue to release new content for that for some time. $5 for new campaigns (unless they require a box expansion), maybe a new game mode, and more expansive campaigns. It seems like they are getting more creative with how to use the app. Eventually, though, the sales will slow down. That's when 3rd edition will come out. Every long running game with lots of content does the same thing eventually. Warhammer, DnD, Magic, etc. That's just the way the business works. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there are already some design documents out there. I expect it will have app integration from the ground up and the turn order from IA and RtL. I do hope they find a way to keep the option of having either a human or computer overlord. A lot of people didn't like the change in MoM, and I expect even more enjoy being the OL in Descent.
  2. I hope they keep the number of factions in check. 7 is already a lot for any card game. 8 would be good, maybe 9 (Shadowlands and Mantis get my vote), but O5R had WAY too many (13 at once in Hidden Emperror). Too many factions means you'll get fewer cards for your chosen faction in any given set. I'd rather see the focus on fewer factions with more variety in strategy. I really hope they don't include Spider clan. A shadowlands faction, sure, but I absolutely hated the Spider story-wise.
  3. This is a question worth asking in other game discussion areas (reddit, bordgamegeek, etc.). While I don't doubt anyone here who says the game is good, you're still asking the fans of a game if they like it. The answer from this crowd will be pretty obvious.
  4. I consider GW's hard plastic to be far superior to PVC from a modeling and painting perspective. The details are better (and I like lots of detail), and cleaning mold lines is much easier. PVC doesn't break as easily, but that's something I've never had issues with. You have to really abuse your miniatures to see much breakage. It's good to hear that they are sculpting with the material in mind, though. That makes a big difference in quality. It's about what I expected. I imagine it would cost a lot to change to a new type of plastic production.
  5. While I'm waiting for money to magically appear so I can buy the game, I have a couple of questions about the models. Are they the same soft plastic that most other FFG games use (Descent, IA, etc.)? How is the detail quality? Most Descent figures look cool from 3 feet away, but the details are not great (or even downright bad) when you get close. How do these rate? Thanks!
  6. Except that they bought the entire IP, which would include all of the minor factions.
  7. I had the same question. I think the holdings would have to be a lot more powerful in order to block a province like that.
  8. You mean the really brightly colored ones that they had as tournament prizes? Those were great!
  9. My voice is rather deep actually.
  10. I see the Hoturi/Hotaru switch as akin to Starbuck and Boomer in the BSG reboot. It sends a message that this will be a familiar, but very different story.
  11. I would be surprised if this was anything more than a troll account/post. OP has one post and hasn't been back to the site since. If they were really concerned about the topic, they would be interacting in the thread. Well done OP. 5 pages and counting. That's some good trolling.
  12. Any game developer will tell you that things change during development. It could be that they intended to make it two sets for everything, but now they've decided it has to be 3 sets.
  13. Extra History is a great YouTube channel that did a series about Sengoku Jidai. This was the main historical basis of L5R, with lots of Chinese and Korean elements brought in. Romance of the three Kingdoms (China) plays in heavily. Miyamoto Musashi wrote the Book of Five Rings (which is where the five rings come from), and the Akodo tacticians were based heavily on Sun Tsu.
  14. I hope Hida Yakomo and Mirumoto Hitomi come back. We can skip the whole sin and moon saga, but I really liked the rivalry they had.
  15. I've been thinking about this myself. I started with the Naga, and always will have a certain loyalty to them. At the same time, I recognize the mistake of having them in the game (too many factions to balance), and I accept that they won't come back. I played Lion from Gold edition onwards, but that was by default. When my play group got their hands on the first box of starters, the Lion was all that was left. I'm thinking maybe Dragon, but I'll have to wait to see how the stories unfold. One thing I know for certain is that gameplay won't factor into my decision very much.