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Subject: This seems to be almost identical to Scoundrel rss

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Karen Robinson

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James M.
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I was looking for some simple card games I could play recently and came across this one, among others. I saw your post and decided to compare Donsol with Scoundrel. From what I can tell looking at both games, you're right that they are quite similar. The general idea and rules are basically the same, IMO. But I also noticed some differences:

* Deck content and size
- Donsol: full deck with jokers = 54 cards
- Scoundrel: no red face cards or Aces, no jokers = 44 cards

* Initial HP of player
- Donsol: 21
- Scoundrel: 20

* Monster values
- Donsol: J=11, Q=13, K=15, A=17, Jokers=21
- Scoundrel: J=11, Q=12, K=13, A=14, Jokers not used

* Weapons/Shields
- Donsol: J=11, Q=11, K=11, A=11
- Scoundel: J, Q, K, A not used

* Health Potions
- Donsol: J=11, Q=11, K=11, A=11
- Scoundel: J, Q, K, A not used

* Escape/Avoid a room, if not escaped/avoided previous room and
- Donsol: can escape if all monsters in current room were handled
- Scoundrel: can only avoid a room in its entirety

* Facing a room
- Donsol: face all 4 cards, subject to escape rule
- Scoundrel: face 3 cards, 4th stays for next room

* Scoring
- Donsol: survive or not; no apparent scoring system
- Scoundrel: if survived, positive HP, or 20+potion if HP=20 and last card was potion
- Scoundrel: if HP=0, negative sum of monsters left in the deck

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but that should be about it. So I think you're right that the games are alike, almost like variants of a single game, but there are some differences that should affect how the two games play. It seems like as long as you can keep the rule differences straight, you could easily play either one as you prefer.
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