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Subject: Is there a strategy for playing magic users? rss

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DomaGB
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Cast and cycle spells as fast as possible except the really great ones in which you wait for the best effect. And yes work on your strength and get Strength items.
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DomaGB is right. The strategy generally lies in the Spells. Don't hang on to ones you think you "might want to use later in the game" - use them now! You'll get the benefit plus the ability to get another spell if not immediately then relatively quickly.

One of the things I see alot is people spending huge amounts of the game holding onto the same 2 or 3 spells. It is true, there are times when you may want to save a spell for that "special occasion" but, on the whole I would say the Craft based characters that are successful are the ones that cast spell after spell after spell.
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To be a bit generic about crafty characters, they usually have some kind of ability to help them out, whether it is the ability to get more spells, attack other players with craft, or something else. If you can easily gain spells, that can be very powerful. The main strategy is to cast as many spells as possible so you can get through the spell deck and find the best spells.

The other thing crafty characters have going for them is that the craft path in the Inner Region is slightly easier and usually faster. (Dice with Death on the strength side can be brutal and can delay you for multiple turns)
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Aarontu wrote:

The other thing crafty characters have going for them is that the craft path in the Inner Region is slightly easier and usually faster. (Dice with Death on the strength side can be brutal and can delay you for multiple turns)

Absolutely!

Enemy wise, strength Characters have the advantage, but this is tempered with the Dice with Death, which has nothing to do with either Craft or Strength. This does indeed make the Craft route to the Crown a little easier than the Strength if it is in the cards that you play that way!

The bottom line is you should embrace - and know - your characters strengths and weaknesses and use them as best you can. Of course, you should try to build both whenever the opportunity presents itself, but don't be put off if you are weak in one or the other.
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adjogi wrote:

I would say the Craft based characters that are successful are the ones
that cast spell after spell after spell.

This is the utmost truth.

Characters like the Warlock, Doomsayer, and Jin Blooded, with their heavy spell draw really have an advantage if they're constantly firing off a spell or two.

If and when spellcasters like these get bogged down with hard-to-use spells, it's imperative that they get them out of their hand any way they can. Jumping into the City for the Sorcerer space is an easy way to accomplish this.
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Part of it depends on if you are playing just the base game? Or with any expansions? And which expansions?

I find if it is just the base game that things are slightly biased towards the STR characters, as there are fewer reliable ways to increase CFT.

Expansions tend to have more equal mixes of STR vs. CFT monsters which levels the playing field a bit.
 
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