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Jan
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Hello Neuroshima Hex Fans,
A couple of weeks ago I downloaded the Neuroshima Hex app and I'm hooked on it since then. I wanted to buy the board game and was confused at the beginning with all the versions and expansions.
I was thinking about buying the 2.5 version and made a pro/con list:

Pro 2.5:
- better, clearer design, artwork and iconography
- cheaper (used)

Con 2.5:
- newest armies only in 3.0 design
- 3.0 has newest rules
- print offset on the tiles result in different thickness of the black border

Since I don't have to get all the armies, the first point on con-list is negligible. Are there significant rule changes between 2.5 and 3.0 besides the "redraw if you got 3 action tiles" rule?
And how bad is the offset of the tiles? I just saw some pictures here, maybe just some individual cases?

The artwork of the 2nd edition is the same as in the app, as I understood it. The app just made an army logo in the background of every tile and changed some icons, am I right?

Please feel free to correct me if I wrote something wrong and tell me your opinion. If you have more for the pro/con list, let me know. I'll appreciate it!
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Alex P
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I'd put the better artwork in under the 3.0 heading. I find the icons have a clearer call-out in 3.0 too.
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Jesse Custer wrote:
I'd put the better artwork in under the 3.0 heading. I find the icons have a clearer call-out in 3.0 too.



(Pictures for direct and better comparison)

The new tiles just seem a bit overloaded to me. And I dislike the new close combat symbol. Don't know why they have to put this grey cracked line around it. But I know I'm the minority here. Not everything is worse though, yellow shields are better to see and a shield symbol is more intuitive than a plus symbol. The art of the characters is more a matter of taste and not that important for the game I guess.
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Kristo Vaher
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3.0 any day. And it's only inconvenient if you're used to with previous editions. Now that I've been on 3.0 for over a year, I'd never turn back.
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Alex P
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Ooh, that 2.5 net is hardly visible... remember playing against it once and it was not fun forgetting it was on the board.
 
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Aeszett wrote:
Jesse Custer wrote:
I'd put the better artwork in under the 3.0 heading. I find the icons have a clearer call-out in 3.0 too.


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The new tiles just seem a bit overloaded to me.


I feel exactly that but for 2.5 tiles. Maybe you're used to it but when I was taught the game with 2.5, I found all the hard outlines and connectors really busy-looking, my eye didn't know where to focus. With 3.0 the outline around either subtle or gone (they mostly use black instead of a relatively thick off-white) plus the numbers aren't connected to the outside edge of the tile and if there's a jagged something, it's an important ability/characteristic and not just decoration around initiative values.
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3.0 easily

Plus it's crazy to buy 2.5 as they are still releasing new armies that will only be available in 3.0

Tiles and art also look better in 3.0 IMO
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Gabriel N
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3.0 has better art and better iconography.
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Okay, thank you very much. I guess I try to play 3.0 before I buy a version and see for myself.
 
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One thing to remember is that 2.5 and 3.0 are compatible so collect the armies however you can.
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