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Scott Allen Czysz
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Hey all,
I am one of the recent fans of this game thanks to the cheap base game price.

And, last week, I won an auction for the base game plus ALL of the expansions (I wanted to get Unbreakable Bonds, the rest was just a bonus, and I will soon be selling the extra base game I have now).

And now, my first world problem:
I now have 6 new heroes, 4 new scenarios, 60 more asset cards and discs, 60 more skill cards, 10 new twist cards, and 15 corruption cards, and of course the combat cards.

The combat cards are definite keepers for me, since I am playing solo. But, I'm hesitant to add in all those other cards and discs cuz I'm afraid it will add a lot of fiddliness to the set-up of the game.

What are your thoughts? Are any of the pieces of the expansions "must haves": the D deck of assets from Gilded Blade, or the E deck from Mountains Rise, or any of the new skill cards (from Gilded, Mountains, and Unbreakable).

I will be keeping Unbreakable Bonds, its 2 heroes, 2 scenarios, the twist cards (I think these look fun).


So, maybe a poll:
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Which 2 or 3 parts of the Runebound expansions (not including Unbreakable Bonds combat cards) are best/funnest/must have for solo play?
Gilded Blade hero
Gilded Blade "D" asset deck
Gilded Blade 10 skill cards
Mountains Rise hero
Mountains Rise adventure cards
Mountains Rise "E" asset deck
Mountains Rise 10 skill cards
Fall of Dark Star hero
Fall of Dark Star scenario
Fall of Dark Start corruption cards
Caught in a Web hero
Caught in a Web scenario
Unbreakable Bonds heroes
Unbreakable Bonds scenarios
Unbreakable "F" skill deck
Unbreakable 40 skill cards
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I am just curious if any of these pieces are "must haves", or just nice to have for a little variety. I don't want to add fiddliness to set up unless they add to the game play experience.

I am interested to see what others think.

Thanks.
 
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Also, any comments or ideas on how to make set-up less fiddly: keep 2 separate full asset decks: ABC, and DEF, etc.

Thanks.
 
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Narrow Gate Games wrote:
Also, any comments or ideas on how to make set-up less fiddly: keep 2 separate full asset decks: ABC, and DEF, etc.

Thanks.


I always play this way: select which assets / skills to play with. Play with those assets a series of games, until I'm fed up and wanna change. So, instead of sorting out cards every time, I simply sort them out once every 5 or 10 games.
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Narrow Gate Games wrote:
Also, any comments or ideas on how to make set-up less fiddly: keep 2 separate full asset decks: ABC, and DEF, etc.

Thanks.

When you get to know the characters you realise the skill deck selection and asset selection are especially importantly for solo play. For example Nanok of the Blade loves Charge tokens, which are not in the basic asset deck. So that is a consideration when building the asset deck. Also you would have a look at the different skill decks to decide which ones benefit you best for the current game.

So for me the game is more fiddly for setup, but having an appreciation for the importance of it makes it more fun.
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Off the top of my head, I think the yellow skill cards from Gilded Blade features several effects involving other players, making it not very solo-optimal
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azrael67 wrote:
Off the top of my head, I think the yellow skill cards from Gilded Blade features several effects involving other players, making it not very solo-optimal


You are correct. 3 of the 10 refer to other heroes. And, 1 of out of the 10 blue skill cards from The Mountains Rise relates to other heroes.
 
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I really hope they at least release a POD yellow skill deck to even them out so we can mix them all in together.
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Thanks for the replies and votes, all.

After playing most of the expansions, I think I like the base game and don't want to mess with swapping out different decks, etc., so, I'm auctioning off a bunch of the expansions (including Unbreakable Bonds).

Small AUCTION OVER: Runebound, Unbreakable Bonds, D-Day Dice, and More
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