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Gareth
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I recently picked up the Gryphon Games edition of this wonderful filler and noticed something unfortunate about the possession tiles. There are sixteen tiles, four of which have a red border and the rest have a yellow border. The red bordered cards control the game and their unpredictability is a key component of the game.

The issue with the Gryphon edition is that the face of the tiles is beveled slightly, meaning that the border colour of the tile can also be seen from the side. You can see the effect in the image below. Although it may seem subtle, I assure you that the colour can be seen from across a normal gaming table.
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I was looking at picking this up, can you be more specific about how big of a deal this is? Obviously, if it breaks the game, I will pass on picking it up.
 
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For me, this is a pretty big deal, although, as with anything here on the Geek, I'm sure other people's opinions will vary. The unpredictability of when the game will end is one of the main things which keeps this game interesting in my opinion. Obviously you still don't know which cards will come up during the game, but just knowing how many already takes away some of the fun.

Had I known about this before, I probably wouldn't have purchased this copy.

I would point out that at the moment, I only have my copy of the game to go on, but given the particular issue, I doubt I'm an isolated case (this issue has come up before in games like Mr. Jack).
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From the look of the picture, the border colour of the next tile is fairly visible and this is a fairly big deal in High Society.

One possible solution (suggested in the first edition of Mr Jack, which suffered the same issue) is to draw the tiles from the box, so you can't see the edges before they are drawn. I don't know what the Gryphon box is like - would this be a fairly straightforward fix?
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I guess it might be. This is a slightly easier fix in Mr. Jack because you only have two players and, therefore, only two viewing angles to protect. As such, putting the tiles in the box and setting it off to the side is enough.

With 3 or more players, this solution gets tougher and I could picture it being a source of argument as to who sits where in some groups. You could leave the tiles in the insert, but unfortunately this means you would have to leave it split in two.
 
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Greg Aleknevicus
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It's a shame to see that some publishers are *still* making this error.
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It's kinda the same with the very first edition from Ravensburger that I own (I live in germany). Sometimes if the cards aren't stacked perfectly on top of each other you can see the reflection on our white table (red or yellow) if you care to look for it.

But really it's a non-issue if everybody is mature enough to not give the stack too much attention. I have no experience with the remake but I'm pretty sure it won't matter.
 
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For Mr Jack, I used a permanent marker and made all the tiles sides black. I hate modifying my games like that, but that resolved the problem.

I still decided not to buy the extension because of that...

That solution should also work for High Society.
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Although the tiles are pretty large I was thinking you could shuffle/draw from inside a hat or bag...
 
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The tiles /do/ fit into FFG standard card game sleeves, so a pack of those in a solid colour mostly fixes this.

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I've played many, many games of High Society from the Gryphon edition and have never noticed this. I wouldn't let it stop you from picking up the game.
 
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cannoneer wrote:
I've played many, many games of High Society from the Gryphon edition and have never noticed this. I wouldn't let it stop you from picking up the game.


I recently picked up my copy, glanced at the highly obvious colours, sighed, sleeved it, and gave it away.

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Too bad. Maybe there were slightly different cuts for different printings? It's a great game - my favorite filler of all time, actually.
 
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It is a great game. I own two other editions.

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