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Sean Mobley
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Does Easy Mode replace the Basic Game? Been playing since launch and usually play the Basic Game, especially with new players, but I also don't like missing out on the Shadow cards, as that is an important part of the design. So when playing Easy Mode, do you ignore the Basic Game rules? ie. Did FFG mean the Easy Mode to replace Basic Game?
 
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Rob Rob
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Not sure what you mean. AFAIK, easy mode means you remove the encounter cards marked with a gold ring. Some may be shadow cards, most are enemies or events. Shadow cards left in the deck are played as normal.


This serves to dial down the degree of difficulty. It's the only way my son and I ever play.
 
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We love Easy mode! Game plays exactly the same. The only changes are removing certain cards.

The original printings of the core and the first expansion and cycle do not have the gold ring to denote them.

There is a list of cards to remove in the online PDF about playing easy mode:
https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/16/2e...
 
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Sean Mobley
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Robrob wrote:
Not sure what you mean. AFAIK, easy mode means you remove the encounter cards marked with a gold ring. Some may be shadow cards, most are enemies or events. Shadow cards left in the deck are played as normal.


This serves to dial down the degree of difficulty. It's the only way my son and I ever play.


The Basic Game and Easy Mode were two attempts by FFG to make the game easier. The Basic Game was part of it during launch and, since I have been playing since launch, what I have been using. It involves pretty much just skipping the step where you assign a shadow card to each enemy. Easy Mode came years later and, since I am introducing someone new to the game, and since the Basic Game I have found to still be pretty hard AND you miss out on the mechanic of shadow effects, which the game was designed to have, I am thinking about using it instead.

So my question was does Easy Mode outright replace the Basic Game.

Thank you for the response, SirRoke!
 
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Robert Tremblay
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dont forget also the heros have one more resource each
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As far as I know there's three mechanisms to make it easier:
- start with one resource on each hero (this is how I usually play)
- remove the gold ring cards
- don't deal shadow cards.

I always play with the golden ring cards, until I really can't beat it, like having two hill Trolls instead of one.
 
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Richard A. Edwards
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Easy Mode
- start with one resource on each hero (this is how I usually play)
- remove the gold ring cards
Basic Game
- don't deal shadow cards.

To answer the original question, neither Easy nor Basic requires or affects the other.

You can play Basic, or Easy, or BOTH.

We tend to play Easy so that aside from setup, the game plays with all other rules.
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