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In the Star Shield expansion, the reference manual recommends placing the Wolf symbol on Space B of the Legend track for beginners.
Yet in our experience with the expansion so far, our impression is that activating the "Wolves are Coming" card this early in the game actually increases the difficulty level.

Typically in the early game, players have to take out a Creature or two to build up their capital, so they can buy essential equipment such as the Spyglass or a Helm. If the Wolf token is on B, this will cause the wolves to deploy immediately. Yet players will hardly have had time to get the stuff they need to defeat a Grey Wolf in combat or tame the Alpha, such as locating the 3 Runestones, or finding Reka to get a Witch's brew. Invariably in our plays to date, 1 of the Grey wolves (the one which deploys closest to the Castle) was unstoppable and got in.

I can understand that removing the E card from the deck, or allowing players to use all 4 of the Gifts of the Andori, are ways to decrease difficulty, but not quite placing the Wolf token on Space B.
I get the idea that taming the wolves earlier would allow players to take fuller advantage of them as allies, but this seems like an impossible task so early in the game.If the Wolves deployed later in the game, wouldn't this give players more time to find the Runestones or get a brew?

I am considering ignoring these instructions in the manual and simply determining the location of the token on the track by a die roll, as per the normal rules.

Am I missing anything here? I welcome your insights on this question!
 
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Andreas Krüger
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I think it is to make sure that you learn about taming the wolves before everybody has bought strength.
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Thamos von Nostria wrote:
I think it is to make sure that you learn about taming the wolves before everybody has bought strength.


That is a good point, heroes will have a lower Strength early in the game, making it easier to deal with the wolves.
But still, for the Wizard, the odds are 2 in 6, or 1 in 6 for any other hero (with a base strength of 2), without boosts such as the brew or the runestones. Seems pretty tough!
 
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Dmitriy Razumov
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I also think it's harder.

But it's not recommendation for beginners, it's recommendation for first play (in russian rules at least)

In first play gamers must find out what wolves do early in the game as mentioned above.
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Uncivil wrote:
But it's not recommendation for beginners, it's recommendation for first play (in russian rules at least)


Right, it's a recommendation for players' first game with the expansion in the French rules as well.

As Thamos von Nostria suggested, I think the conclusion is simply that it's because it's easier to tame the wolves in the early game when Heroes will have a lower Strength.
 
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We play this expansion for the first time today. With Chada and Thorn, me as Thorn beat the alfa as soon as he was placed on the board with 3 strength and the helmet.
 
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