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Adam Reeves
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Oct 2014
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thierry Prov
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Jun 2012
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Thomas Staudt
Germany
Rutesheim
Baden-Württemberg
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Jun 2012
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Aaron Rabold
United States
New Mexico
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Mar 2012
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Jedd Pearce
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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Aug 2014
Includes a custom made Epic Variant.
2014-08-04
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Joshua Danish
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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10
Mar 2012
Amazingly fun deck building game. More complex mechanics than Dominion, but the complexity comes with tighter theme integration for a really fun, deep game. This release adds some nice clarity, subtlety, and depth above and beyond the initial Thunderstone sets. It's really clear that the designers payed close attention to what users were saying and responded in spades.
2012-03-06
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Raman Ohri
United States
Fishers
Indiana
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Apr 2013
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Apr 2012
They definitely did a good job with this reboot, cleaning up a whole bunch of stuff and generally making the game more nuanced and interesting with much better balance (yay! Regulars don't suck! Less vulnerability to extreme deck-pruning!). Things being as they are, the new rulebook will probably be much more daunting to new players than it needs to be, just because of the level of system grit to this point, but the overall situation is much better.

The new graphic design isn't much more than obviously different. I don't know that it's an improvement, it's not worse, it's just different. Fonts and icons are still sadly to small and indistinct, but they are more consistent at least.

There are a non-trivial number of cards in the new set that you just aren't going to buy, ever probably. That's not great - the balance still isn't right. But a handful of weak cards is, IMO, far better than a couple broken cards that dominate the game, as was the case in the original base set and the first expansion or two (Trainer, Fireball, Thyrian, and Outlander were all game-breakers; if they're in, you have to play them or you lose. Feast also in almost all combinations). The new balance is more satisfying, but even now they're still not quite there. In fairness, they're making much far progress than Dominion ever did in producing playable, interesting game sets, but it's still a long way from being as well-balanced as Ascension.
2012-05-14
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Jason Dowd
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Oct 2012
An excellent improvement on what was already by favorite deck building game
2012-10-31
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Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
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Feb 2012
Linas Vaitekunas
Lithuania
Kaunas
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May 2012
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Thrift Thopter
United States
Massachusetts
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Oct 2012
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Chris Ranger
Canada
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Jan 2013
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Texas
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Mar 2012
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Brian Theta
Canada
Truro
Nova Scotia
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Mar 2012
Note: I worked as a developer on this game.

I loved Thunderstone, but it was a game that came with many flaws. Every one of those flaws seems like it was addressed in TS Advance.

What I loved about Dominion was building the deck. What I found, however, was that once the deck is built, there is very little creativity when it comes to playing out the hand. TS pushed the "play of the hand" concept a little further but had some clunkiness in the implementation. I think TS Advance really hits that perfect balance. Building your deck is important, but so is how you play it.

A new player can have a great time playing in the wilderness setting, and be making strategic but not overwhelming decisions that can put them ahead of their opponents. A true expert has some very hard decisions to make on familiar use, order of dungeon effects, avatar selection based on card pool, drawing into effects, etc. that completely don't get in the way at all if you are not at that level yet.

So, yes, I will happily play a game of TS Advance with you, anytime. I feel fortunate to have been involved in a project that turned out a final product of this quality. Easy 10.
2012-03-08
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Caroline Burman
Sweden
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Feb 2012
Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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Apr 2014
Quality game. Well thought-out reinvention of Thunderstone. Game plays longer than other deck-builders, though.

I feel this plays much better with the expansions.

Some positive notes:
-the game board is great for organization and for teaching.
-the village cards layout format is great.
-the dungeon deck is smartly redesigned with monster levels.
-the game has familiars, a curse deck with various cards, has more flavor text on the cards and in the rules.
-the initial box is made to hold more expansions.

I'm in the minority, but I prefer the old Thunderstone and expansions, warts and all. I wasn't taken in by the feel of TS Advance as I was with orig TS. I also wish there was more of Jason Engle's art in TSA than there is.

Original Thunderstone to me feels like the Diablo video game series; Thunderstone Advance feels like The Elder Scrolls video game series.
2014-04-28
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Derek
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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May 2012
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Jürgen Weßendorf
Germany
Essen
NRW
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Apr 2012
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Jacob Anderson
United States
Bozeman
Montana
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Mar 2012
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Billy Frex
Romania
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Mar 2012
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Louis Raymond
Canada
Nova Scotia
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Mar 2012
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Murray C
Canada
Vancouver
British Colombia
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Mar 2012
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Richard Cree
United States
Texas
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Dec 2012
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Le Geek C\'est Chic
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Mar 2012
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