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Can someone give me a rundown on differences between editions and/or rule additions between editions?

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JacquesDeMolay wrote:
Can someone give me a rundown on differences between editions and/or rule additions between editions?

Thanks in advance


The key differences between the deluxe edition and the 2nd printing:

New Mounted Board
Seven Optional Cards
Revised Aldrich Ames Card (much less powerful than the original)
+2IP to the US in Canada for the opening setup
Chinese Civil War variant now printed on the board for ease of use (though still optional)
Card backs have slightly different graphics, but card stock is the same.
Rules now in color (but not glossy).
Box now has an insert.
Counters of substantially better quality (but they were fine in the second printing, just not "deluxe").

That's about it.

The first edition of Twilight Struggle (2005) has some misprints but most importantly the counters are not double-sided to mark control of countries, which makes reading the board a nightmare.
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Hey thanks and I didn't mean to start another thread as I now see there are several on the subject.

So avoid the 1st edition like the plague - the 2nd edition is fine to purchase, but as a new player - one just as well get the full deluxe - correct?

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Yes, there's no reason not to go with the Deluxe edition. If you want to play Ames according to the original text, nothing is stopping you. If you want to play with the original US setup (no IP in Canada) nothing is stopping you there, either.

Personally I only play the IP in Canada if also playing the the corresponding optional card, for example.
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I didn't say anything about what was interesting or acceptable, just powerful.
 
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houjix wrote:
The only part I'm correcting you on is that the new Ames can be every bit as powerful as the old.


Except that the old Ames power depended largely on what you've termed "unacceptable," so I don't think it is. The autolosses are what gave the card teeth. Simply pitching a scoring card doesn't compare.
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At any rate, we know all of this. Given that our answers to the OP's question are functionally identical, we could just continue the conversation in person at a later date.
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Just to comment as the OP, I appreciate the spirited debate which gave some insight to both versions.

Thanks guys
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Thanks from me too. I was wondering what the difference was. I will probably get this game within the next month but couldn't understand the major differences between the two...now I know.
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