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Zombie Joe
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Hello everyone,

Being somewhat new to the board game scene and wanting to play a more complex and immersive version of Elder Sign, my wife and I have been thinking of purchasing this game in the upcoming weeks.

I've been going through the rules and watching playthroughs online to get familiar with the game as I know it can be somewhat complex, and I have a few questions regarding gameplay for 2 players.

1) The rule book seem to indicate that each player gets 1 investigator. However, I've seen some people run solos with 4 investigators or 2 player game sessions where each player had 2 investigators each. My questions are, do we only get 2 investigators with a 2 player game? What's the general thought on this?

2) The rule book also indicates that one of the winning conditions is that we close the last open gate on the board have gate trophies equal to or greater than the number of players. So in a 2 player game, that would mean only 2 gates and 2 gate trophies at the minimum?
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Zombie Joe wrote:

1) The rule book seem to indicate that each player gets 1 investigator. However, I've seen some people run solos with 4 investigators or 2 player game sessions where each player had 2 investigators each. My questions are, do we only get 2 investigators with a 2 player game? What's the general thought on this?

2) The rule book also indicates that one of the winning conditions is that we close the last open gate on the board have gate trophies equal to or greater than the number of players. So in a 2 player game, that would mean only 2 gates and 2 gate trophies at the minimum?


Use however many investigators you want. Four is a good number of investigators for the game, so for a 2 player game, I have each player controlling 2 investigators. If you want to play with more/less, go for it.

For the monster limit/outskirts limit/gate limit/ everything else, replace "number of players" with "number of investigators". So, 2 players with 2 investigators each need to close down 4 gates, not just 2.


(Edit: Stupid grammar angry)
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Is there a difference in difficulty between 2 investigators and 4 investigators?
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Zombie Joe wrote:
Is there a difference in difficulty between 2 investigators and 4 investigators?


4 is easier, you're getting more actions between each Mythos Phase. It's often regarded as the sweet spot in terms of difficulty, there's some statistical analysis backing this up somewhere, don't have a link though.

For your first game you may want to play 3 investigators between you, to reduce book-keeping a tad.

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Cool. Thanks for the answers all
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The stats can be found here: http://bit.ly/19ToXPr
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That's the submission form. The stats (here defaulted on the difficulty-vs-investigator-number) are here.
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Zombie Joe wrote:
Is there a difference in difficulty between 2 investigators and 4 investigators?


The direct answer to your question is yes, there is a difference. The forces of the Great Old One move after all the investigators have moved. Therefore with four investigators you get to take four actions before the monsters take a turn, with two investigators you would only get two actions.
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kungfro wrote:
That's the submission form. The stats (here defaulted on the difficulty-vs-investigator-number) are here.
Huh! So it is. How odd, I even tested it wonder what happened there? I'll have to check my Bitmarks. Thanks for fixing that
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Hey cool, thanks for the stats.

So looks like the odds of winning a 2 investigator game are slightly over 50%. Not too bad. Don't want it to be too easy either

4 investigators seem to boost those chances up by 11%, so not as dramatic of a difference as I was expecting. Better, but not by much.

Interesting stuff.
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Zombie Joe wrote:
Hey cool, thanks for the stats.

So looks like the odds of winning a 2 investigator game are slightly over 50%. Not too bad. Don't want it to be too easy either

4 investigators seem to boost those chances up by 11%, so not as dramatic of a difference as I was expecting. Better, but not by much.

Interesting stuff.


The odds may not change too much, but the gaming experience is much better with four investigators. You will have twice as many encounters, and the game will much more likely end with a gate closing/ sealing victory rather than a final battle (which, unless you are using Kingsport, is very anti-climatic).
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