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John Van Wagoner
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- don't have the game yet, but am close to pulling the trigger
- I've read several places whereat a certain level of "corruption cards" a player basically has to start over...and after playing for 2+ hrs, that would be a def. deal-breaker with my wife

so...would I have to use them? and if so, has anyone come up with a variant/house rule that modifies them?

thanks...
 
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It's not quite as bad as "start over", but you could play without them. I would like it less (personally). You could also just not have the punishment and just have everyone running around slightly OP. Could be fun.
 
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It's fairly unusual to hit the corruption limit if you're making any effort to avoid it. It's mainly there as a fitting and thematic punishment for those who go too far in their attempts at abusing the power of Chaos.
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You could play that you Lose 1 Life instead of gaining a corruption card.

Losing by being corrupted doesn't happen too often, but definitely not fun.

The Corruptis Scenario would need some changes.
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No corruption? You would surely lose a layer of fun! I play Relic a lot, and if you don't gamble on your luck (in this case: corruption), your character shouldn't have any problem (meaning, there are spaces on the game board where you can get rid of it).

But to answer your question: yes, you can. Josh's suggestion above (lose one life in such an instance) is surely a quick and easy solution.
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maybe just "raise the corruption bar" some? (increase the threshold)
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John_VW wrote:
maybe just "raise the corruption bar" some? (increase the threshold)

This could make things even worse. The highest corruption cards there are fives, and raising the treshold would mean that every corruption card you draw once you have 5, affects you automatically - doesn't matter much mechanically, but storywise, you'd look like a hideous mutant meeple

Also, IIRC, one of the expansion characters has already a threshold of 8 cards.

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If you really don't want to be corrupted you can avoid situations where you draw a corrupt cards. Lots are at your choices for a benefit.

Also some characters are very good at losing corruption cards.

I would not remove them as this would badly unbalance the game for certain characters.

Bottom line it's not that often you will be corrupt unless you take at to many risks
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John_VW wrote:
- don't have the game yet, but am close to pulling the trigger
- I've read several places whereat a certain level of "corruption cards" a player basically has to start over...and after playing for 2+ hrs, that would be a def. deal-breaker with my wife

so...would I have to use them? and if so, has anyone come up with a variant/house rule that modifies them?

thanks...

Do not play Relic without corruption cards... They make the game running and fucking funny - expecially the "hunckback" corruption or the "extra arm" one...
In addiction... Use all the expansions and the core set stuff togheter... You will see that being corrupted is not a problem - there is a scenario in wich the more corrupted you are the more are you likely to win if your corruption point total is the highest or the contrary (if most of the players play "straightly" and "aligned with the good ones" and one of them arrives to the final space).
Report and keep in mind the fact that:
* there are NEMESIS characters that can win easily if many characters start to gain corruption... And there is also one that wins easily if they discard them... And is able to force them to do so...
* there is a BADASS scenario "ending" called "Dark Crusade" in which you rarely win and rarely lasts more than 12 / 15 turns: each time a player draws one card type out of a set of 3 (mutant/chaos/traitors) you must put a corruption card on the Halls of Terra tier... If all 12 the spaces there are "corrupted" EACH player loses the match... You still can go and take one to free the space onto which it has been placed... And get rid of corruption using the above mentioned NEMESIS or the spaces you can find into inner tiers or drawing combination of cards such as the combo "Relic card Armor of a Saint + other cards I now do not mention to avoid "spoilers")
* once you draw characters or cards simply choose the "Corruption Threshold 8 instead of 6" character (The Canoness, a female Space Marine) or, again, the above mentioned nemesis or throw in the discarded cards piles the threat cards that say "You can draw X corruption to obtain X "relatively positive" things without choosing to gain corruption to gain those buffs...

--- AND SO ON ---

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I (also) think that you should play with corruption cards when you play. They are by far the best part of this game. Otherwise it's like playing normal Talisman.

Anyway - perhaps make a rule that instead of changing to a new character, you Vanquish the character instead? If you want you can also give them some minor penalty to make it more fair.
 
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