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My SO just got me the GOA expansion for our copy of Elder Sign (for my birthday! laugh ), which I am stoked to play!

I have set-it up and flipped (folded?) through the rule book, trying to familiarize myself with the rules before we play together. The instructions mention something about blessings and curses.

Now I know that blessings and curses are from the Unforeseen Forces expansion, but I am also aware that most of the UF expansion cannot be played with GOA and my understanding is GOA is generally considered the superior expansion.

But I was wondering: is there anyway to pick-up just curses and blessings (and those dice) without having to purchase the entire UF expansion for 20+ dollars?
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Brett,

Gates was designed with the idea of mantaining compatibility with UF. Some adventures have split rewards offering you the choice to gain a Blessing, while other adventures have among the penalties Curses.

Additionally, all small cards are compatible, so that items like Holy Water will keep on working also with Gates.

Hope this helps
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More investigators, more items, more monsters, more Ancient Ones, blessed&cursed...UF also fixes some of the Other Worlds locations by removing the Doom token from the rewards. If you really like EH, you should also buy UF.
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I think out of everything in UF, it's only the Museum Adventure cards (about 42 of those), the replacement Entrance cards (4 of those) and the Mythos cards (29 of those) which will not be not used if playing Gates of Arkham.

Everything else can be added in: items, allies, investigators etc. And of course the Blessed and Cursed dice! And in fact it won't break the game if you mix in some of the Mythos cards too, and I usually do.
 
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galaxybear wrote:

But I was wondering: is there anyway to pick-up just curses and blessings (and those dice) without having to purchase the entire UF expansion for 20+ dollars?
Two D6 in different colours.

1-3 = investigations
4 = Lore
5 = Death
6 = Terror
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AceAceBaby wrote:
galaxybear wrote:

But I was wondering: is there anyway to pick-up just curses and blessings (and those dice) without having to purchase the entire UF expansion for 20+ dollars?
Two D6 in different colours.

1-3 = investigations
4 = Lore
5 = Death
6 = Terror
Or you can use the dice coming with Age of War (same engine, similar results - at least, I remember that when testing AoW, I used the ES dice, so...)

Basically, Blessings and Curses are the same as normal ES green dice just in another color, so, you already have the model. Then, anything can be used as a good proxy
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Thank you for your replies.

It looks like UF isn't as superfluous as I thought. If I see it cheap maybe I'll get it!

I thought about just using substitute dice, but there are cards that correspond with blessings and curses, correct?
 
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galaxybear wrote:



Thank you for your replies.

It looks like UF isn't as superfluous as I thought. If I see it cheap maybe I'll get it!

I thought about just using substitute dice, but there are cards that correspond with blessings and curses, correct?
Yes, you need some cards to remind you if you are blessed or cursed.
 
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galaxybear wrote:



Thank you for your replies.

It looks like UF isn't as superfluous as I thought. If I see it cheap maybe I'll get it!

I thought about just using substitute dice, but there are cards that correspond with blessings and curses, correct?
A white piece of cardboard for the blessing status, and a black piece of cardboard for curses, and it's done.

Anyhoo, yes, US is not superfluous at all; it's also nice to mix Museum and Arkham for some different experiences (in this way you can go through a whole spectrum of challenges)

Honestly, I don't play in the Museum any longer, but I'm still happy to have UF in the mix
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Scarlet Witch wrote:


A white piece of cardboard for the blessing status, and a black piece of cardboard for curses, and it's done.

Anyhoo, yes, US is not superfluous at all; it's also nice to mix Museum and Arkham for some different experiences (in this way you can go through a whole spectrum of challenges)

Honestly, I don't play in the Museum any longer, but I'm still happy to have UF in the mix
Cool, this is good to know. Thank you for your input Julia. I do like how this game is ripe for home-rules, variants and other ways to make your own game out of it. Looks like UF has some good additions to add.

In the mean time, thanks all for advice how to play with blessings and curses without UF expansion.

Thanks!

-Brett
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