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Subject: Metagaming? rss

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Steve Crow
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How often do folks do it?

There are two instances that we find ourselves falling back on.

1) Choosing Main Characters. Some characters are pretty vital, particularly to certain episodes. Serenity (2) without Book, for instance, that Rising Tensions means everyone gets a Flaw and there's no counter-balance. That's... kinda painful.

And Book's Talent ability to get rid of Flaws is incredibly useful in general. Some of the Flaws are crippling to the MC and the team.

Trying to beat the Triumph Bandits (Our Mrs. Reynolds) without Zoe is pretty difficult.

2) To Scan or Not to Scan. Sometimes not scanning is a better option. Not a great option (try beating those Side Jobs the turn they pop into the Combat Zone). But sometimes it's better than scanning. Serenity (2), for instance, scanning sets off the Patience Snipers. And the Patience Bandits protect each other. And you can't defeat Patience as long as there are Bandits in play. If the Snipers and Bandits come up in the 'Verse, you're boned.

Thoughts?
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Josh Taylor
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With the game, you'd almost have to. They based the game on the specific episodes, and it seems like they balanced the game to be thematic, so metagaming to me seems like a must. For fans of the show, they can play with other characters and see how (if at all possible) it would've been for Book or Simon dealing with Patience instead of Mal/Zoe

1) In the episodes, some characters play a more vital role (for whatever reason) than others. Book is unbelievably invaluable at key moments in the show and often helps balance the tensions and emotions of the other characters (pretty important on a small ship with a fair bit of internal / external drama),

Kinda cheeky, but stealing the quote from the show about Zoe in Our Mrs. Reynolds, "Tactics" (keeping zoe in the back, who dives off the side of the wagon shooting_)

2) I feel like scanning is pretty much just hacking... the more you try to find someone / thing, the more likely you are to be discovered. You're right though, snipers + bandits is a recipe for disaster (but totally thematic, no?)
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Jay Johnson
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I was going to make a new thread asking how people select their crew for a particular game, but I think that topic ties in with the metagaming discussion.

The way I see it, one can address things in one of a number of ways:

1) totally random:
shuffle up the 9 avatars, deal out the 5 "main characters" (thus also determining the 4 "support characters" that will make up the character deck.
Then picking which of the 5 MCs will be "player characters", or going super random and shuffling the 5 and dealing the players out too.

2) general metagaming:
Strategically selecting your player characters/etc. based on general strengths/weaknesses, enabling the most beneficial combo cards, etc., but not tailoring the crew based on the episode cards.

3) total metagaming;
Specifically including (or excluding) player (and/or main) characters based on how they interact with specific episode cards used in that game.
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Jay Johnson
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I'll admit that I tend towards the 3rd category more often than not. Scoping out which characters get an advantage with certain episodes, and which to avoid due to episode cards penalizing them. Then I'll try to fill out the rest of the player/MC slots in such a manner as to gain combos, or include aspects I think I'll need. Such an approach does reduce/elminate the surprise/improvisation factor of the game, which some might like, but I enjoy the strategy of it.

After having played through the episodes in order once or twice, I've started creating games with random episodes (rolling a die to choose an A episode, and again to choose a B episode, and again for a C episode). Provides some variety opposed to always having the same 3 episodes tied together, plus it can mean that different crew combinations get put together.
And it is reminiscent of how Fox decided the order in which to air the episodes during the initial TV broadcasts. haha
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