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Subject: *Spoilers* Haunt 52 Issues *Spoilers* rss

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Eric Tuttle
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Just got done playing haunt 52 ("Prism") for the first time, and I'm having a hard time seeing how the heroes can win this one without a whole bunch of luck.

Quick summary of my understanding of the traitor setup:

1 - Roll to determine which mathematical sequence of numbered obstacles will be safe.

2 - Scatter the obstacle tokens throughout the house in any order.

3 - Choose one of the numbers in the safe sequence to be the "exit room" which the heroes must find.

Based on the fact that the heroes are not told if they find the exit room, and the fact that the hero rules give no indication as to what sort of puzzle might be afoot, here's the only way the heroes can win:

1 - Explore the house to find safe rooms.

2 - Independently realize that the number on the obstacle token in each safe room is significant. Write them down.

3 - Find enough safe rooms (and thus enough numbers) to realize that the numbers form a pattern (e.g. 3, 6, 9, etc.).

4 - Assume that the exit room must be one of the rooms that fits that pattern.

5 - Have each hero move to one of the rooms in the sequence.

6 - Wait for the experiment to end. Hope you got lucky and one of the heroes is in the exit room. This is sketchy at best, because the number sequences contain anywhere from 5 to 9 numbers, versus somewhere between 2 and 5 heroes (assuming they all survived...)

The heroes lost our play through because we assumed that the safe rooms would all form a connected "route" as implied by the Survivor's Guide ("The architects of this murder machine must have created a safe route for themselves...")

We did not for one second consider the possibility that the numbers on the safe room obstacle tokens mattered in any way. Does that mean we're just too dumb for this haunt?

Can someone educate us as to what else we might be missing?

Thanks
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Matt K
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Yeah, my group just played through this one and had the same exact issue. There is so little guidance for the heroes that it comes down to blind luck, even assuming they figure out the sequence and the safe rooms. I'm wondering if there is supposed to be some hints given by the fact that the exit room can't be moved, while the other rooms in the sequence do move, but even for the traitor, the guidance on how to move the rooms (and what happens to the rest of the house when you do so) was pretty unclear.

I really liked the concept, of having a puzzle sequence for them to figure out - but the final step of 'guess which number the traitor chose' kinda undercut everything else going on.
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Dorothy S
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Same issue here. I would recommend that survivors need to make a knowledge roll to figure out which room is the exit. Or have some sort indicator that lets them know which room the exit.
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Scott Dufficy
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We played this one this weekend. I was the one who noticed that the safe rooms all had an obstacle # that was a multiple of 4. So we went on a search for those rooms. We thought that you needed to find all of them in order to find a pathway out, not just that you had to guess which one was correct. I agree that the survivor instructions give you the impression that you are looking for and creating a pathway to the exit, not just to find the correct room. We found the correct room but didn't know you had to remain in it, so no one was in the room when they started to shift and we just kept wandering until we lost.

Also, our house was HUGE because the haunt showed up really late in the game, if it was smaller we might have had an easier time with it.

This was the only expansion haunt we've done so far, hopefully the others are a little more clear in the goal.
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John Carey

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Just finished this 5 minutes ago. There really needs to be some additional clue to help the heroes find out what is going on. Unless this experiment was based upon testing the dumb luck of people unlucky enough to be in a haunted house I have no clue what this experiment was trying to find out. I know the story shouldn't be taken literally, but having some way to actually solve the problem in some form would be nice. I understand the game is all about randomness, but.... this was randomness given physical form lol
 
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David Tagliaferri
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Did this last night. We were expecting one of the obstacles to be an exit. We went to the exit room but kept exploring not knowing. I was recording the names of the rooms that were safe and not the numbers that were safe.
 
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Roger Edwards
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I was the traitor for this haunt. On my first turn I immediately hit the question: should I move the landing rooms with players in them? Doing so would have made it far too easy for me to keep the players from getting to the escape room or finding tokens in the sequence. The players would be forced to explore to get to inaccessible parts of the house, but then I could easily break the house again.

I settled on not moving them, but saying, 'can't move that', 'can move this', as I felt a little extra clue was needed. This is because an essential clue is not moving the escape room when a player is in it. Unfortunately, a player's first move was into the escape room, nothing happened, so they moved out before ending their turn. Thus it didn't not move with a player in it (if you get my logic), so the critical clue didn't occur.

Something I missed, which would help the players, is that safe room tokens are flipped face down after discovery and left in the room. Trap room tokens are removed. This would make the rooms more obvious. Thankfully, they had written down the rooms and numbers where nothing happened so they had the information needed, and the tokens were replaced when I realised the error. Once they got a sequence they then got to thinking that they should go through the rooms in order. I'm not sure that was the intent of the sequence, but it's very misleading.

It occurs to me that knowing the numbers is actually irrelevant if the safe room tokens are left behind, so long as the players note which rooms were safe.

The players need to:
- Eliminate trap rooms.
- Find the safe rooms.
- Realise that only one of the safe rooms does not get moved when a player is in it.
- Get into that room for the end of the game.

Playing with 4 explorers, all of the tokens were flipped, but without the non-moving room clue they did not know what to do with the info they had. They also were bemused that they had explored all rooms and nothing obvious to give them a clue had happened. Still, by luck a player ended the last turn only 1 room away from the escape room.

As the traitor I could really have done with clarity over what rooms could be moved and how they could be moved. I now think ALL rooms bar the escape room should be moved, even the hall, to make the non-moving escape room more obvious. The traitor should be judicious so as not to destroy the players' chances completely.

What bugs me is that surely someone in play-testing must have said, 'Can I really move the landings and break the house completely?' Equally, it's hard to believe that the escape room not moving clue was never missed. Conclusion: poor or non-existent play-testing.

But for all that, fun was had, if some frustration also, and it wouldn't be Betrayal if the haunt wasn't a little bit broken, would it?
 
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