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Subject: For City/Road Events, do you even READ the unchosen option? rss

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Darren Nakamura
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So I know that once you choose A or B on a City or Road Event, you are committed to that choice. But once you do that, are you allowed to read what would have happened had you chosen the other one? I got thinking about this because of a particular road event that can recur...

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Berries.


We chose wisely the first time, and read the outcome of the other choice as we have been doing. But now, since that Road Event goes back into the deck (of course, at the bottom of it), we'll know what to do when we come across it again. If we hadn't read the other choice, we'd have a lingering sense of doubt, and maybe would check it out next time it came around.

How does your group handle it? Read the whole card even though you're locked into one choice? Or read only what you've done?
 
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Depends. We always read the option we chose, of course. If that option removes the card from the game, we read the other option for giggles. If the option we choose puts the event back into the deck, we don't read the other option.
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We usually don't read the other option, but sometimes peek if we are discarding it for good.
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Same here. Only read the other option if it doesn't go back into the deck.
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Read both options first before choosing....you'll make better decisions.
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DoctorBandage wrote:
Depends. We always read the option we chose, of course. If that option removes the card from the game, we read the other option for giggles. If the option we choose puts the event back into the deck, we don't read the other option.


This, we try to see what symbol the block of text we land on has. If its a "rip" then we look at the others. If not, try not to catch a glipse of anything else.
 
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I pick one and save the other for 2nd playthrough. most likely 2-3 years from now.
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We never read the other option. You have to choose an option to find out what will happen. For whatever you didn't do, you can only speculate.
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I end up reading it. Too curious, and it's RIGHT THERE, I can't help but look.
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I mean, the reward is bolded and pops out so easily, you've read the most important parts of it by just glancing at the backside of the card more often than not anyway.

Might as well bite the bullet and always read it.
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ftl_ftw wrote:
I end up reading it. Too curious, and it's RIGHT THERE, I can't help but look.

I am also so tempted to read that. After missing a few really good rewards we stopped reading the missed option because it shifts the way we would decide next time.
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It is hard not to glimpse "what would be" when reading the cards, but I never inform the other players about this other possible outcome, only read the choise we've made.
 
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kzinti wrote:
Read both options first before choosing....you'll make better decisions.
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Can you see the future in real life too?
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dahlillama wrote:
Can you see the future in real life too?


I think the point is that if you could see the future in real life, if you'd look or not.

I would. Screw the space-time continuum.
 
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elmozg wrote:
It is hard not to glimpse "what would be" when reading the cards, but I never inform the other players about this other possible outcome, only read the choise we've made.


It'd be easy if you committed to it. Choose option A, turn the card over with your hand already covering option B. That kind of thing.
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no, we don't read it
 
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I will only read it if the option we chose will remove it from the deck. If the option is to return it to the bottom, I will not read or indicate what the other option does. I also do not make the choices for the group since I am reading the cards, and my peripheral vision tends to catch things.
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I read it. If it's returned to the box, chances are I will never remember it the next time I do a full play through of the game. If it's a repeatable event, there's also a strong chance I won't remember anything about it and will make the same poor choice.
 
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We do read it. It was really to get a feel for how different actions affect our results. As time goes on, we are getting a better feel for what the consequence of any given action will be anyway. You should be able to learn from your experiences. If it takes you 2 times to experience each card to learn what the full experience is, how often will you encounter the card a 3rd time to take advantage of that knowledge?

As far as the narrative goes, it's easy to think of the case where you return to Gloomhaven, go to the bar and swap stories with other mercenaries. Some of them will have experienced the same events you have or be able to give you tips on what to do better next time.
 
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I like not knowing, even if the card is lost. Especially if our choice had a bad consequence, it leaves me room to say "Hey guys, don't throw me off a bridge! For all we know the other option was worse!"
 
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[q="Dexter345"]

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Berries.


We chose wisely the first time, and read the outcome of the other choice as we have been doing. But now, since that Road Event goes back into the deck (of course, at the bottom of it), we'll know what to do when we come across it again. If we hadn't read the other choice, we'd have a lingering sense of doubt, and maybe would check it out next time it came around.

Don't be too sure!
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You might find the text on that card has miraculously changed...
 
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