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Mark Cleland
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Can you weigh in if we can/should be using player cards from an entire cycle when playing through the APs?
I have been opening and adding one at a time, but I have only completed mirkwood cycle.
For future cycles can I buy the whole thing to build decks to take through the encounters?
 
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Greg Burkett
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You can do anything you'd like -- there's not a rule or anything like that that states you cannot. It's up to you: if you feel like it's out of the spirit of the game to use player cards released later than the scenario, then you can omit them.

In fact, there's an entire channel of videos on YouTube called the Progression Series that plays through nearly every scenario using only the cards available at that scenario's release. You can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLr278B6bpwxzin9rzgd4u...
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Adam Stapley
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Only using cards that for the theme of the deck and/or scenario is a much bigger handicap than using cards only released in the cycle. I far prefer theme over the card restriction.
 
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It's designed and play tested using cards from an entire cycle, so that's how I play it.
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Anatole69 wrote:
It's designed and play tested using cards from an entire cycle, so that's how I play it.

That's what I had heard but wasn't sure if it was true. Is the same for saga expansions? I play 2P with my wife and we just finished mirkwood. We are on the first hobbit expansion and just built new dwarf themed decks, but there are not enough dwarf allies to not need to splash gondoriarn spearman etc.... Was wondering if it is bad form to buy the 2nd part of hobbit to round out the decks
Thanks for the replies
 
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They haven't said how they do saga expansions, but since they are still working on the ones for the Lord of the Rings books, I seriously doubt those are already finished.
 
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We are on the first hobbit expansion and just built new dwarf themed decks, but there are not enough dwarf allies to not need to splash gondoriarn spearman etc....


I'd suggest picking up the Khazad Dum cycle, as that gives plenty of dwarven allies, attachments and events. This allows for pretty thematic decks that have a chance to get you through to the Lonely Mountain, even there and back again!
 
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AtStapley wrote:
Only using cards that for the theme of the deck and/or scenario is a much bigger handicap than using cards only released in the cycle. I far prefer theme over the card restriction.


Agreed. I always strongly recommend playing with as big of a player card pool as possible. If the game is so incredibly easy that it's no fun, it's very easy then to adjust deck building from that point.
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Nigel McNaughton
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I understand that, but I'm playing progression style as a way to get to know the cards a bit easier. Expanding the pool a little at a time helps me to recognize the cards better. But as always, it's about your fun, so play the way that works well for you!
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BathTubNZ wrote:
I understand that, but I'm playing progression style as a way to get to know the cards a bit easier. Expanding the pool a little at a time helps me to recognize the cards better. But as always, it's about your fun, so play the way that works well for you!

That's my approach too and exactly what and why I'd suggest that.

Play however you like. Obviously you want an efficient enough deck to win scenarios, but taking in one set's cards at a time makes it easier to familiarize yourself with the cards and their flavor since a big part of this game is thematic immersion.
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BathTubNZ wrote:
I understand that, but I'm playing progression style as a way to get to know the cards a bit easier. Expanding the pool a little at a time helps me to recognize the cards better. But as always, it's about your fun, so play the way that works well for you!

Yep, I'm doing this too. There are so many cards now that it helps to slowly get to know them.
 
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