Michael J
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Hi!

Prophecy of Dragons will be the fourth TIME stories adventure for my wife and me. However, we would like to invite a couple to join us on the adventure. They have never played TIME stories before and are willing to play the other adventures as well. My question: Are there any spoilers in Prophecy of Dragons for Asylum, Marcy and Mask? Is it safe for them to start with Prophecy of Dragons?

 
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Stephen Cooper
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There are a few Easter eggs that you will enjoy and they won't spot, but there are no direct spoilers for the previous scenarios (unless you explain those Easter eggs in detail).
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Sean Herman
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Stephen is correct. This is true for every scenario released so far to my recollection - no spoilers for other scenarios but some potential easter eggs you won't get if you play out of order.

That said, I don't know that I would recommend starting with PoD because it seems more complex and random.
 
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Jeremiah Wood
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No, no real spoilers.

I do feel I should voice the following in general for players considering playing modules out of order.
Knowing your player base can be important!

First off, A Prophecy of Dragons feels like a Starter Box Module for something like D&D.
Honestly, I like it a bit more than D&D Starter modules because it's more focused and static in presentation, while still giving multiple paths.
It even has the most replay value out of the T.I.M.E Stories line because different party compositions yield different progression options.
Bottom line, it's very D&D based and anyone with a strong Fantasy RPG background should have little to no trouble getting into the rhythm of the scenario quickly.

Secondly, goodness gracious the missing rules text and clarifications.
If your player base is easily rankled by not having everything spelled out to them verbatim, then this may be one of the hardest scenarios for them to play and enjoy initially (based on my English NA copies of the game).
Out of all of the modules, The Asylum has the most polish, followed by either Expedition Endurance or Under the Mask. The Marcy Case also has a lot of polish, but deducing the core mechanic for resolution can take some time, whereas Expedition Endurance is probably the easiest scenario of them all.

Third, if complexity matters for you players, consider the following.
If I were to have to rank all of them based on complexity of progressing to the end, it would be:
Expedition Endurance (simplest), Under the Mask, The Marcy Case, The Asylum, A Prophecy of Dragons (most complex).
If I were to rank all of them based on complexity of the scenario and mechanics, it would be:
The Asylum, Expedition Endurance, The Marcy Case, Under the Mask, A Prophecy of Dragons.
Note that this means I personally believe A Prophecy of Dragons to be the most objectively difficult scenario.
Knowing how your player base responds to complexity/difficulty matters!

Depending on how you answer the above questions, you could start with any scenario!

As far as spoilers and easter eggs:

The Asylum is a great starter scenario to judge your player base and how they will react to subsequent scenarios.
Unless there is a specific reason to avoid it, I'd play it first almost always.

The Marcy Case is also spoiler neutral.
It also hits a sweet spot for player engagement between puzzles and tests.

A Prophecy of Dragons is a scenario I will crack out first for any group of Fantasy RPG enthusiasts.
I could literally just play this module with that kind of group with no reservations.

Under the Mask is the only module I would steer people away from playing as the first scenario due to the ending.
I would NEVER play it before The Marcy Case!

Expedition Endurance will be a hit for any player who appreciates the subject material.
Expedition Endurance doesn't spoil anything, but its starting point is stronger with more scenarios already under your belt to fully appreciate it.
Its ease of access and lack of spoilers also make it a good candidate for a starter scenario, all things considered.
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I second the POV that Prophecy is the most complicated of the modules I have played so far. In this instance, I do not find that to be a positive characteristic. My group found it the least enjoyable scenario. I wouldn't start with it, but to each his own.
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Tyrell Wood
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Prophecy of dragons requires more time to play and the Easter eggs mentioned before. Other than that I would say that there is no reason Not to play it first. It is the best one of the lot so far hands down. Theme is awesome and it just flows well!
 
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Michael J
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Thank you for all the constructive answers!

I did not realize that PoD is the scenario which is most complex. Fortunately I did receive the Endurance Expedition today and I think maybe we will switch to this scenario since it is the first take on the game for our friends and I don't want to discourage them from playing this awesome game and all of it's expansions. If they like it I will let them play Asylum, Marcy and Mask alone and if they made it thus far we can experience PoD together again.
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