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Subject: Initial Hand Variant rss

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Roland M
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I've been playing ASHES for some time now, and I was thinking on carrying over their "Initial Hand" mechanics.

So basically you will have to pick your first 5 cards, but no duplicates of the same named card. Thematically this shows your investigator being prepared.

What do you guys think?
 
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Christian Kløve
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michaerum wrote:
I've been playing ASHES for some time now, and I was thinking on carrying over their "Initial Hand" mechanics.

So basically you will have to pick your first 5 cards, but no duplicates of the same named card. Thematically this shows your investigator being prepared.

What do you guys think?


Try it and let us know how it works out? Personally, I like the uncertainty of the first hand - it fits the theme for me, but if it works for you, go for it!
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Oliver Broom
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Would also like to know how this works out. Personally I like the random draw of the starting hand, I don't think the Investigators would be particularly prepared, it adds to the sense that they are being hounded either by their own daemons or by the threats they are facing - they're imperfect.
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nice idea! But im already using my own variant of having 2 copies of specific character assets( roland .38, wendy amulet , etc) so it would be too op
 
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Benjamin Ra
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Personally i would think it goes against theme. Even just how the first scenario starts. Your at home and
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suddenly the door disappears

all you have is whats in your pockets be it a bit of string, a dog you were petting or that pistol strapped to your hip.
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mathew rynich
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No reason not to try it out and see how it plays. Though I would think this makes characters who are more combo dependent like Agnes pretty darn powerful and it would make characters who are good at drawing and tutoring less interesting like Daisy.

Also do note that this game has a very forgiving mulligan system in that you set the first hand aside then draw a second hand of cards. Only after than do you shuffle this first hand back into the deck. Also weaknesses are set aside and a replacement is drawn for each weakness drawn. That means you actually have very good odds of drawing that one card you want in your opening hand if you included 2x of it.
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