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King in Green
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Has anyone tried playing with hidden action dice? It would be interesting to see how the game played if the two sides were unaware of the other side's capabilities and might reduce the complaints of many players about rolling to many eyes and such. It would require trust of course (or a special setting in the client!). I'm not sure if it would be thematic for the number of eyes to be hidden however, any thoughts?
 
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Andrew Poulter
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It's an interesting idea. Personally I think it will create more problems then it will fix and possibly give more power to the shadow (e.g. free players not been able to tell if a FPMV attempt is likely to work).

However I think it would be fun to play and would also create it's own new tactics.
 
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I personally enjoy the tension of the action dice rolls. However, this would be a good lead-in for designing some nice Free and Shadow dice towers!whistle
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kevin long
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I really like the learning curve on the dice. Learning to watch what they have so you can make a power move and running scared. A lot of die strategy just because you can wait for those oppurtunities
 
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Interesting, though it does sound like it would work to the Shadow's advantage.

I think the simplest mechanism for keeping folks honest would be to roll dice behind a screen and immediately take a snapshot on your smartphone, then confirm your spent action dice matched the photo at the end of the round.
 
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King in Green
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Hm, given the general consensus that it would make the FPMV harder and the Shadow's life easier- though the Day without Dawn would be a gamble unless the FP player was peeking in Galadriel's mirror!- then if I try this variant I'll add a minor nerf to the Shadow player too, like making the S&E reinforcement pool limited. Taking photos could be saved for that 6 WotW roll that you're sure the other guy won't swallow!
 
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