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Mark Cicero
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My wife is a big fan of The Scarlet Pimpernell in all of it forms. I like the looks of this game, and the gameplay -- from what I can tell so far at least -- looks interesting.

The problem is that my wife dislikes playing any remotely competative games -- with a few exception, like Muchkin, which are too light hearted to take seriously -- so the "semi-cooperative" everyone works together but at the end there is only one winner mechanic is a deal breaker for her.

Will there be any way -- official or unofficial -- way to play this as a "true" co-op? Is there a way to "lose" prior to the final mission, so that the points can be considered academic, or used as a measure of team performance?

Just wondering if anyone can provide insight on this.
 
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Munchkin is her exception?
Ouch.
 
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https://rpggeek.com/rpgitem/51685/gurps-scarlet-pimpernel
 
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I was one of the play testers of this game for EGG, so perhaps I can answer this for you.

This game is only cooperative in a story telling way. You are each associates of the Scarlet Pimpernel working on each mission together.

That said, you are each trying to get the most points for each mission so as to have the highest total at the end of the game. In short, in actual play, this is not a cooperative game at all and will not play like one, nor does it lend itself to any sort of true co-op mode.

There are times you will want to cooperate with other players to ensure your points are scored, but this is more mutual interest rather than actual cooperation (if that distinction can be made).

I do believe the game has very original ideas in the game play and I am very enthusiastic about the game myself - including its theme.
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DragonCat wrote:
I am very enthusiastic about the game myself - including its theme.


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corkysru wrote:
Munchkin is her exception?
Ouch.


Yeah....

She says that Munchkin is so absurd and almost random in who wins, that it doesn't bother her.

Plus, the first time she played she won so epically by abusing the Kneepads of Allure that "no loss will ever be able to erase it."

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Not really sure what I should think about that...
 
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christopherwood wrote:


Interesting...

We've given up RPGs in the last 5 years or so because of the time commitments. Setting up and running the campaign (I'm almost always the GM) stared to feel more like work than fun.

This may be worth looking into, though.
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DragonCat wrote:
I was one of the play testers of this game for EGG, so perhaps I can answer this for you.

This game is only cooperative in a story telling way. You are each associates of the Scarlet Pimpernel working on each mission together.

That said, you are each trying to get the most points for each mission so as to have the highest total at the end of the game. In short, in actual play, this is not a cooperative game at all and will not play like one, nor does it lend itself to any sort of true co-op mode.

There are times you will want to cooperate with other players to ensure your points are scored, but this is more mutual interest rather than actual cooperation (if that distinction can be made).

I do believe the game has very original ideas in the game play and I am very enthusiastic about the game myself - including its theme.


Thanks, for the information, Ralph!

I'll definitely keep an eye on it, but it'll probably end up being a no go. I think it looks very interesting, but quite honestly if my wife isn't interested, it'll never make it onto the table...
 
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Recently reviewed the game and felt it was almost a gateway game. Not much hurt at all and the game was very light-hearted and fun. You can get "mean" with if you want to (as Cathy -- my wife -- like to do, lol), but nearly every action you take is going to get you points. You're not going to be pulling your hair out unable to make a choice. So while yes, it's competitive, the theme is semi-coop and even the actions you take will be working together to help the Scarlet Pimpernel. You're not trying to kill one another, you're trying to be the heroes most trusted advisor. Hope that helps! Good luck!
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