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Sebastian Sohn
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Proroctvi (The Prophecy)
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/8095

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Return of the Heroes
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/8170

They are about the same price. Please give me input.
 
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I've played both, and I like both, but it all depends upon what you're looking for. For the most part, both games allow you to run around the board and kill/loot stuff. Both games also allow you to purchase items from a shop, so that you can increase attributes. Where they differ the most (in my mind) is in character development.

Prophecy allows you to create totally different characters each game, since you can pick which abilities/spells to buy from the different trainers. Since only 10 abilities/spells are available at any one time (out of a total of 50), you'll get a different mix each game. Another really interesting part of the game is that you're strength attribute is your current health, and your willpower attribute is your current mana pool. So, as you lose hit points, your strength goes down.

Return of the Heroes allows you to customize your hero by both incresing the number of dice you roll during a "trial", and by increasing your Skill number (aka "that number you need to roll less than during a trial"). Since you can only keep 2 dice, rolling 2+ dice will hopefully give you that slight edge you need to win in combat.

As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that there are some other subtle differences.

One is in the way the games handle quests. P has only one overarching quest, and that is to acquire 4 of the 5 Artifacts. Everything else in the game is either a hindrance (creature combat) or a boon (stat boost, healing).

In RotH, each charcter is given a specific quest to accompish before fighting The Big Bad Guy. There are also a bunch of "pick-and-deliver" quests hidden throughout the board.

Another difference is in items. RotH doesn't have that many items to equip your character with. For the most part, they are +1 to a stat, or +2 to movement...pretty simple items. (not that that's a bad thing.)

In P, you get quite a bit more in item selection. For example, you can equip a sword (spear, dagger, axe, etc) that adds +1 to strength, but also another +1 when fighting Demons. There are also shields, armor, scroll and potions, and these items can also be buff'd by the abilities you pick at the trainers.

Wow...that went way longer than I thought...

Anyhow, like I said at the top, I like both games. When I want a character/stat tweaking game, I go with Prophecy. However, when I'm in the mood for a bit more adventure, I pick Return of the Heroes.

(note: These are only some of the difference in the game. I know there are quite a bit more, but my brain is still too fried from a long day at work.)
 
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Well, ROTH is the one I've played. It's a little bit too solitaire for some. It's a eurostyle adventure game. Nice mapboards and bits. Not a bad game.

Oh, I've been pretty impressed by Hunting Party. It's an American game but has very nice euro elements and good theme. I've been thinking about the game: the deduction element is a large part of it, but there are really neat fantasy aspects to it. Do check it out.

And I'm sure you've also considered Runebound?
 
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Cool. I never heard of "The Prophecy". Thanks for the comparison.
 
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I checked hunting party and it is listed as 2-4 hours! Thats too long for my taste.
http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/10/10460.phtml

Hunting Party looks great but it seems it is a deduction game much like Clue.
http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/11/11970.phtml

I am looking for something Talisman like.
 
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If you're looking for a modern Talisman type of game, then Prophecy is the game for you! Return of the heroes does not feel like Talisman at all.
 
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chaosbreaker wrote:
I checked hunting party and it is listed as 2-4 hours! Thats too long for my taste.
http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/10/10460.phtml

Hunting Party looks great but it seems it is a deduction game much like Clue.
http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/11/11970.phtml

I am looking for something Talisman like.


I meant Runebound is listed as 2-4 hours.
 
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