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Michael Brown
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I brought this game to a game day yesterday and had pretty high hopes, given that we were a mix of fans of the license (books and games) and in general a pretty thematic-positive group. The same group played Arcadia Quest before this one and so it seemed the right mindset of the group. I've played similar games (Talisman (Revised 4th Edition), Runebound (Second Edition), Firefly: The Game) so I thought this would be a good one for me personally.

The game fell flat. Absolutely tanked. Two-thirds of the way through we were critiquing the game's mechanics (which felt clunky and more focused on moving tokens around than actually doing anything) and were generally bored, so we called it and declared the person with two completed quests the winner.

Anyone else have a similar experience? Really disappointed and a little baffled by what happened here.
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Ha ha. Looks like this thread fell flat too!
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The game seems to really drag. About the time everyone is finishing a second quest, we are usually ready to be done with it. The last time we played, I actually house ruled that we were only going to 2 quests instead of 3. Was not too bad of a game. I had higher hopes for this game because I am a fan of the books but unfortunately it will not be getting much playtime here.
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mike_fantastic wrote:
I brought this game to a game day yesterday and had pretty high hopes, given that we were a mix of fans of the license (books and games) and in general a pretty thematic-positive group. The same group played Arcadia Quest before this one and so it seemed the right mindset of the group. I've played similar games (Talisman (Revised 4th Edition), Runebound (Second Edition), Firefly: The Game) so I thought this would be a good one for me personally.

The game fell flat. Absolutely tanked. Two-thirds of the way through we were critiquing the game's mechanics (which felt clunky and more focused on moving tokens around than actually doing anything) and were generally bored, so we called it and declared the person with two completed quests the winner.

Anyone else have a similar experience? Really disappointed and a little baffled by what happened here.


This game isn't for everyone, but I wouldn't say that Talisman, Firefly and Runebound are similar games. Yes they have a fantasy setting but that's about it. Well, Firefly is more Sci-fi than fantasy in my book.

The Witcher is more of a racing game where you need to be the most efficient in collecting leads/proofs while at the same time taking into account where you should get these tokens from.
For some characters,like Dandelion and Triss, you would want to try and get your leads from areas that don't have silver or gold monsters as this would likely give you wounds that would make you spend actions on healing rather than getting closer to your objective.
Geralt on the other hand, who is overall better equipped to handle fighting, might more readily do so. He could even time his move so that he will spawn gold or silver monsters into specific regions to hamper other players. Other tactics, playing as Geralt, would be to deliberately kill off low level bronze monsters so that the other players can't choose them as encounters. For Triss/Dandelion, he/she would probably want to keep these bronze monsters alive and deliberately not kill them if she ends up encountering one as they would be easier to encounter than a gold/silver monster.
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