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  1. Lightningclaw

    Transitioning to 3rd Edition

    I was wringing my hands trying to decide between buying IA and Descent. I looked up so many discussions about the two. I decided to go for Descent because the theme appealed to me more (I have an aversion to merchandise, even for franchises I enjoy) and I’m happy I did. I have many gripes/disappointments with the cane and a handful of house rules, but Descent is as close as I think I’ll ever get to my ideal, perfect game.
  2. It joins the Witch Hazel bow as one of the few non-traditional magic weapons. Yay!
  3. I concur with Rugal. It’s still a search token, albeit one that can only be search by killing it.
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    I guess some box expansions got canned

    This concerns me. My FLGS has kept only the base game and occasionally a random expansion (Chains That Rust right now) in stock. I really hope I can order through them, but I haven’t a clue how their orders work, since this is a small pack for a nine year old game that's been eclipsed by other FFG products. Only one way to find out...
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    Transitioning to 3rd Edition

    A lot of the tiles are sadly underused. The LotW tilesare not particularly unique, but I think they nicely complete the base set tile art. (It also increases the lava spaces by 166%) Tile 44 is beautiful, and would make a great centerpiece to a large single encounter quest. Tile 49b (the diagonal-ish one) has a nice waterfall into some pit spaces. I love 84b, with the glade in a dungeon open to the sky. Tile 94b is a very intense tile. I remember gasping when I saw it. Actually, Chains That Rust has my favorite drab outdoor aesthetic and an unmatched castle tileset.
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    Does hero players know about unique spaces?

    Yes, heroes do know about unique spaces. My group frequently marks them with unused objective tokens. It’s work pointing out that no information (except for the OL’s hand) is hidden unless a quest says so.
  7. Soul Stone becomes terrifying in Act 2. It has a very powerful pierce ability and decent damage dice (blue red) but can’t really bump up it’s damage. Transplant that ability on anything else and you have a sword or bow that consumes monsters in its path. Also, the Soul stone would be very thematic for the Soul Reaper.
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    Transitioning to 3rd Edition

    I agree with the delve. The main reason I rarely play it is I don’t want to spend all that time between stages putting away stuff and getting it out. Standard play with a quest mixing expansions would not increase setup time significantly (or at all) depending on your personal storage method.
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    Best/Worst Heroes and Classes

    Serena’s definitely a weak hero. I always have thought she could use +1 knowledge and awareness, and her feat should heal 6/2 minimum, more with an attribute test. That said, I enjoy playing her- I don’t necessarily need to play the strongest heroes to have fun. Using a character with such a large stamina pool is a different experience. I think she’s better than Ulma, anyways. I’ve never been able to make her ability work, even in the app.
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    I guess some box expansions got canned

    I’d like to see more campaign books too. I like the idea of combining expansions. My dream would be campaign books for expansions that include the original campaigns in addition to new ones, to ensure the campaign booklets physically last.
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    Transitioning to 3rd Edition

    I hope they continue app support, although the play I enjoy the most is 1 vs many. I have not played Embers of Dread, and am working through Seeds of Corruption. I’m unsure exactly why I feel this, but playing an app quest (even one that has a thrilling premise, like SoC’s introduction) feels like a chore after the first time. This isn’t helped by the mostly linear quest trees. That said, playing Kindred Fire for the first time with a family member was a lot of fun, even though we favored the heroes quite a bit in die rolls and monster actions. I think my main hope in future app content is better replayability. Diverse monster objectives would be great, although I don’t think RTL can really handle that.
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    I guess some box expansions got canned

    I’m looking at $32 to ship outside the contiguous US from FFG’s site. I’ll be placing an order at my local game store soon, then.
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    I guess some box expansions got canned

    Anyway, now the classes are perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
  14. Lightningclaw

    I guess some box expansions got canned

    I’ve been looking more closely at the Soul Reaper cards, and I really like this class. Based on the revealed cards, Spirit Link seems like a must-buy, since your healing is limited by how much death the party dishes out. In smaller encounters, total monster kills may rarely get higher than 6 or 7. Looking at it again (literally after I typed the above), this class is far stronger in RTL than in standard play- after all, you kill more monsters and their only objective is killing you.
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    I guess some box expansions got canned

    I was kinda hoping that the Soul Reaper would include a familiar, but I cannot complain about this, because even getting it is an awesome surprise.
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