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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Why I Love this Game
A deckbuilder with preset card stacks (rather than Ascension or Legendary's shifting row) with a theme, a cool leveling up mechanism, and the different abilities of the monsters you fight plus the gold/possible effects they have while in your deck makes them feel like more than just buying points. At the same time, the monsters do still clog up your deck, helping avoid too much runaway leader.

Why this Game Actually Sucks
If there is one word I'd use to describe Thunderstone, it would be "clunky". First of all, there can be some cards that cannot be used at all or are clearly terrible due to the heroes that were randomly setup. Secondly, there are a ton of fiddly little rules that really need to be streamlined. Thirdly, unlike most other deckbuilders, most of the time you cannot just spend a ton of time prepping your deck by buying cards without fighting anything until the latter half. This is because it is highly important to get the higher level heroes, but to do so you need to get XP by fighting monsters. This causes the first few monster kills to potentially be quite swingy, especially, if the dungeon hall is filled with only strong monsters that causes only one person to be able to get XP. To exacerbate this issue, for the most part the only way to mill the dungeon hall is to go fight a monster, which is a complete waste of your turn if you cannot defeat it.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Marc Nelson Jr.
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Cumberland
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It only takes about five minutes of looking around in open gaming before I spot someone setting up Thunderstone. This is one of my favorite deckbuilders and one I don't get to play nearly enough.

We play a 2P competitive game on the Wilderness board, which is a bit of an adjustment as I've been playing Epic co-op/solo lately. But my Yucata training soon kicks in. I win by three on the strength of the negative VP monsters that I clog my opponent's deck with.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Mike Haverty
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Owasso
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This is a lot consisting of the Towers of Ruin core game plus the expansions Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane and Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption.

The core game has been played only once and none of the expansion cards have been used, so the entire set is like-new. Everything has been integrated into the single core game box, including dividers, rules, randomizers, etc. I may have even added a couple dividers from Worlds Collide (which I currently plan on keeping).

Includes the paper poster "board" for co-op play from RoC. The reprinted Ambusher cards have been integrated and I'm pretty sure I threw out the old "misprinted" Ambusher cards.

Everything in the core game box; expansion boxes not included.

This is pretty heavy so that will factor slightly into my want-list for this item.

Free shipping to any USPS-serviced address.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Brad vanVugt
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Baltimore
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Received in a trade. Components are in good condition. Cards were not sleeved for previous play, but I didn't notice anything outside of normal wear on those.

Sweeteners: Thunderstone Advance: Numenera - Received in a trade, but never played. Components seem in good condition. Cards were not sleeved for previous play, but I didn't notice anything outside of normal wear on those.

NOTE: For this listing I will be combining the Numenera set into the Towers of Ruin box to help save on shipping so Numenera will NOT include its box.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Campbell
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Florida
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Own and haven't played.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Patrick
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For Sale $80

Opened and sleeved. Gently used with about five plays. Cards are in great shape, but the box has a ding in the corner. Price is based on BGG marketplace pricing. Willing to negotiate.
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Mark Mistretta
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Lutz
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I really like Thunderstone. However, I just never get to play it. I kind of feel the same about Dominion as well. I will certainly take the chance to play this or any deckbuilder for that matter if the opportunity presents itself. Would like to see some of the expansion cards.

Want to Play level: high
Own: Yes
Library: 3 copies
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Kevin B. Smith
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Who stole the "d" from "Advanced"? I want it back!
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Thunderstone Advance lot: includes Towers of Ruin, Worlds Collide, Into the Abyss, and Caverns of Bane. All cards stored in Towers of Ruin and Worlds Collide boxes.

Condition: Like New

Starting Bid: $70

BIN: $150
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Mike Haverty
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Owasso
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This is a lot consisting of the Towers of Ruin core game plus the expansions Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane and Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption.

The core game has been played only once and none of the expansion cards have been used, so the entire set is like-new. Everything has been integrated into the single core game box, including dividers, rules, randomizers, etc. I may have even added a couple dividers from Worlds Collide (which I plan on keeping unless I get a good offer to throw it in as well).

Includes the paper poster "board" for coop play from RoC. The reprinted Ambusher cards have been integrated and I'm pretty sure I threw out the old "misprinted" Ambusher cards.

Everything in the core game box; expansion boxes not included.

Be aware for those not local that the box is fairly heavy.


Soft Reserve: $200

Shipping: buyer pays actual costs if not local pickup (won't fit in a flat rate box, so I'm guessing $15-20).
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Soft Reserve: $109

BIN: $128

Condition: Very Good
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Trevor Taylor
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Cirencester
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As new condition. When I received this, all but one decks were still in shrink and the one that wasn't was sleeved!

I've since played it a few times (not sleeved) and you could think this was new, just with the added benefit that I've sorted all the cards out for you
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Adam Deverell
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Melbourne
Victoria
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2. Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979)

Arguably the greatest sit-com ever made. May never be beaten. While the characters are particularly memorable, especially Manuel (my wife is from Barcelona, and EVERY person who meets her for the first time says, "I'm from Barth-e-lona" in Manuel's accent - she never understood it, as Manuel is from Southern Spain in the Spanish dub) it's the plotting that stands out.

John Cleese and Connie Booth plotted each episode on long strips of wallpaper, such was the complexity of the episodes. Not one scene or one line goes to waste. Everything pushes on towards the climactic scene, which typically goes against poor hotel owner Basil Fawlty.

The dialogue is witty as sin and immensely quotable. I still laugh when Basil asks Manuel if Spain has rats - or had Franco had them all shot?

Fawlty Tower's is one of the first real "squeaky bum" comedies that makes you want to dig your nails into your palms as Basil manages to screw things up so badly - even now I still can hardly watch the episode where he is trying to catch a guest illegally staying in a room.

Favourite episode: The Germans from season 1. Mrs Richards was a wonderful character in Communications Problems, and it's a close second. But The Germans had so many memorable moments, it wins out.

Key scene: Has to be from The Germans. I still love to quote the "I can speak English" dialogue. Awesome.


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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Christopher Brown
United States
Pine Grove
Pennsylvania
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Soft Reverve:$60
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Melissa Brumbaugh
United States
Indianapolis
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Condition: Excellent Condition

Language: English

Edition/Publisher: AEG

Attending: Thursday-Sunday
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Benjamin Bickel
United States
West Saint Paul
Minnesota
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Condition: Like New, played once. Cards are unsleeved but in near mint condition.
Language: English
Edition/Publisher: AEG
Comments:
Attending: I'll be around from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening. I'm open to trading at any time i'm not in an event.
 
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Steph
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New Hampshire
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Condition: Played maybe 5 times. In great shape.

Language: English / High language Dependence.

Edition/Publisher: AEG

Comments: Includes Caverns of Bane & Root of Corruption (all components, no boxes for expansions).

Attending: Thursday - Sunday.

Sweetener: Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane, Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption
Boxes for expansions not included
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Chris Dame
United States
Kokomo
Indiana
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Condition: Complete. Played 3-4 times without sleeves. I would recommend sleeving the cards. See photos for card details, starting to show small spots of whitening around edges in spots.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96768304@N04/albums/7215766821...

Language: English

Publisher: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin ‐ English first edition (2012)
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group


Attending: Thursday-Saturday
 
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
El Peludo
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Titel: Thunderstone Advance: Die Tuerme des Verderbens
Verlag: Pegasus/AEG (2012)
Sprache: Deutsch
Zustand: Karton hat leichte Lagerspuren und leichten Kantenabrieb (an einer Seite loest sich das Papier des Covers minimal, kann easy mit ein bisschen Uhu wieder angeklebt werden, wirklich im Milimeterbereich), Inhalt tadellos. Keine Raucher, keine Tiere.
 
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Trevor Taylor
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Cirencester
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As new condition. When I received this, all but one decks were still in shrink and the one that wasn't was sleeved!

I've since played it a few times (not sleeved) and you could think this was new, just with the added benefit that I've sorted all the cards out for you
 
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Stasia Doster
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Sherman
Texas
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OOP. This lot includes the base game, Caverns of Bane, Into the Abyss, and Worlds Collide. All cards are sleeved in Fantasy Flight sleeves. Please note that I have all of the cards in just two boxes, having disposed of the others.

Hard Reserve $100
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Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Kevin Shaud
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Landisville
Pennsylvania
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After picking up Worlds Collide, Caverns of Bane and Root of Corruption in a trade a couple months ago, I was bitten by the TA bug. I recently managed to get a very nice copy of Towers of Ruin in a trade. Now I just really need to find a trade for Into the Abyss...anyone...anyone?

Set this up for a solo play last night using the Tower of Corruption scenario setup from the rulebook. It started off okay with me being able to defeat some monsters before they reached the village. By mid-game though, things had taken a turn for the worse. I had more powerful heroes, but the monsters were getting even more powerful-er more quickly and I always seemed to be one point shy of being able to defeat any of the monsters in the Dungeon Hall.

When the Thunderstone Bearer (Stramst) came out, I knew I was in trouble because the pile of monsters that had gone to raid the village was much larger than the monster cards in my deck. I did manage to defeat Stramst when he reached the final spot in the Dungeon Hall, but it wasn't nearly enough as I lost 71-31.

I know that I didn't do nearly enough to thin my deck and just had way too many cards that weren't that helpful against more powerful foes. I should have picked up a few Innkeepers early in the game. I also realized about halfway through the game that I forgot to include the Veteran Trainer villager card during setup. That would certainly have helped, but not enough to account for 40 points. I left the game set up in my basement and have everything reset for another game.

I really like how this one plays solo. I'm hoping to get my wife and/or stepdaughter interested in a game as well.
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Kevin Shaud
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Landisville
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Played a second time using the Tower of Corruption scenario setup last night. This game went much better for me and I was able to more consistently generate a good attack pool on my turn. The problem that I ran into this time was that my defeated monsters started clogging up my deck. About 3/4 of the way through the game, I ran into a rough patch where I was having trouble generating enough attack to take out monsters in the dungeon due to monsters and curses in my deck.

I ended up losing 70-54, which is closer than it sounds because the final two monsters were worth a total of 12 VPs. If I had been able to beat both of them (I was close both times), I would have won 66-58.

One of the great things about this game is how quick it is to reset for another go. I have it ready for one more shot at the Tower of Corruption before I put it away. The remainder of my Zombicide: Black Plague pledge is supposed to show up today so I have a feeling that game will eat up the majority of my gaming time this weekend.

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