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Every now and then a game comes along that gets played to death at our store and this time around its the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

At £50 you I feel you are perfectly entitled to expect a LOT of stuff in your box. Call me shallow but I want to see lots of figures, boards, cards and some dice. Even if the game doesn't use dice. Because of this when opening Pathfinder you could be instantly underwhelmed. Its only slightly better than opening an LCG box and you just paid £20 extra.

Your disappointment ends there however.

The game is about as good as an 'initial' product, of what is sure to be a long line of expansions, can be. You are presented with a healthy number of 'adventures', characters and of course bad guys and items to really get some mileage straight out of the box. There is also an addtional adventure pack included which definitely helps to round out the 'value in the box' worry.

The game can take a while to complete (depending on your choice of scenario or adventure path) but each player turn is fast because there is a finite amount of things you can do. Basically Move, Trade and Explore. Explore and you are likey to be rolling dice to try and obtain an item or fight a bad guy. This is the fun bit.

The outline of the game is simple. You have a set number of locations and each location contains a mix of items, bad guys, allies and possibly the villain's henchmen or the main villain himself. Your task as a party is to track down the main villain AND prevent him from escaping into another location. To do this, as players explore each place they will attempt to encounter and overcome the henchman that is in there, and if they manage this they have the opportunity to 'close' the location. This is good as should the main villain be located, and he escapes, he can no longer hide in that location. You chase him down and corner him.

It boils down to simple maths as far as keeping the villain in your sights however finding him and beating him are two different matters entirely.

Possibly the best and most genius aspect of the game is that it encourages you to track your characters progress. Keeping the items and allies you find during the encounters and switching them out for your 'basic' gear. It's 'almost' roleplay. D&D 4th Editon could have learned a thing or two here.

The game plays well solo, two and multiplayer. There is just no reason not to buy it. Expect a Sci-fi version soon enough is my last thought.




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DakkaDen wrote:
Expect a Sci-fi version soon enough is my last thought.

I'd love to see an old west version.
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Hex_Enduction_Hour wrote:
DakkaDen wrote:
Expect a Sci-fi version soon enough is my last thought.

I'd love to see an old west version.


If there were to be some sort of retheme--given the zeitgeist, I'd bet on Zombies or Cthulhu first.

I pray to god I'm wrong.
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Invictus5000 wrote:
Hex_Enduction_Hour wrote:
DakkaDen wrote:
Expect a Sci-fi version soon enough is my last thought.

I'd love to see an old west version.


If there were to be some sort of retheme--given the zeitgeist, I'd bet on Zombies or Cthulhu first.

I pray to god I'm wrong.



I'd still buy those as well as a superhero version!
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nice short review

I bet on a "shadowrun 3000"ninja version and a "Shockstone Of The Multiverse"arrrh...

Anyway it looks like a nice game.meeple

And have recieved it in the mail today
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M80DK wrote:
And have recieved it in the mail today

Congratulations. I hope you get a full amount of plays this weekend.
 
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£50! I paid £30 for mine delivered from Book Depository.
 
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Invictus5000 wrote:
If there were to be some sort of retheme--given the zeitgeist, I'd bet on Zombies or Cthulhu first.
Huh. Cthulhu's almost as overdone as zombies, but I'd play a Laundry Files version. British spies dealing with bureaucracy, paperclip audits, the horrors at the bottom of the Mandelbrot set and the looming threat of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.

On the other hand, I really don't want Equoid (the latest story, about unicorns) to be illustrated.

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£50! I paid £30 for mine delivered from Book Depository.

I did too, and it eventually arrived. If it had been £10 I'd've ordered it elsewhere, but £20 was too much.
 
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Invictus5000 wrote:
Hex_Enduction_Hour wrote:
DakkaDen wrote:
Expect a Sci-fi version soon enough is my last thought.

I'd love to see an old west version.


If there were to be some sort of retheme--given the zeitgeist, I'd bet on Zombies or Cthulhu first.

I pray to god I'm wrong.


I would definitely want to see a Steampunk retheme, and it's popular enough right now that it could happen. Please, oh please, oh please...
 
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Shadowrun has its Deck Building game due out soon and it will be interesting to see if they have managed to move on from the 'usual suspects' currently out there. Not these are in any way bad but to have a fresh mechanic introduced that adds the kind of flavour that Pathfinder has achieved would be great.
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Quote:

Possibly the best and most genius aspect of the game is that it encourages you to track your characters progress. Keeping the items and allies you find during the encounters and switching them out for your 'basic' gear. It's 'almost' roleplay. D&D 4th Editon could have learned a thing or two here.

Which thing or two? It has items, progress, allies, and retraining.
 
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Indeed it does but when it virtually scrapped its roleplay aspect it could instead have gone for something like Pathfinder Card Game and maintained its orginal concept in a separate game. In my opinion.
 
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This may be a dumb question, but how would you compare it to the two other co-op dungeon crawls I've played, Ravenloft and Descent (2nd ed)?

We love Descent, but Ravenloft is a bit too far removed from role playing for us, lacking advancement and persistence.

Descent takes soooo long though even for a single adventure, and obviously isn't fully co-op, so there's room for something there at our table, I think.
 
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DakkaDen wrote:
There is just no reason not to buy it.
I can think of a reason: Use the money to buy a better game!
 
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