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Subject: How does Shadow Hunters play with five players? rss

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Nick Thomas
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Just wondering what people think of 5 player Shadow Hunters.

Also with 20 characters to choose from in the new edition - which 5 should we be using for our first game? Most balanced characters?

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Dan Massek
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I've only played it with 5 people and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would suggest sticking with 5 of the 10 original characters for now. Make a stack for each faction and then randomly pick two hunters, two shadows, and one neutral
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Jake Waltier
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It works very well with 5 players. As with any number of players, sort the role cards into factions, randomly select the appropriate number of roles from each pile (two shadows, two hunters, one neutral), don't look at the selections, mix up those cards, and deal them to the players face-down. It's a pretty straightforward process once you have the cards in hand.
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Greg Wilson
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I second starting with the basic characters and introducing the others after people are familiar with the game. It's not that they're that much more complicated, but they're generally not as straightforward and it's one more variable to think about.

In our group we'll usually handle the deal so that there's only one of each letter in play; you'll never get the Wight and the Werewolf, for instance. It's not strictly necessary but it makes the deal a bit less swingy.

If the new edition includes the expansion characters, does that mean they updated the board to include all the names, or to only include the initials? Or is it the same as the original board?
 
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Late to the party, but in a 5 player game, be sure to leave out "Charles", a neutral character. its not actually possible for him to win in 5 player.
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Difficult but not impossible. The 'three people dead' clause for Charles' victory condition includes the person he just killed. This has come up a couple of times on the boards.

So in a five-player game, if there's one dead Shadow and one dead Hunter, Charles wins by killing either of the remaining characters.
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BlackSheep wrote:
Difficult but not impossible. The 'three people dead' clause for Charles' victory condition includes the person he just killed. This has come up a couple of times on the boards.

So in a five-player game, if there's one dead Shadow and one dead Hunter, Charles wins by killing either of the remaining characters.


Then Charles would never have a 'solo' win in 5 player games.
(unless he could kill himself once a shadow and a hunter were already dead, being the third to die)
 
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Dharzen wrote:
BlackSheep wrote:
Difficult but not impossible. The 'three people dead' clause for Charles' victory condition includes the person he just killed. This has come up a couple of times on the boards.

So in a five-player game, if there's one dead Shadow and one dead Hunter, Charles wins by killing either of the remaining characters.


Then Charles would never have a 'solo' win in 5 player games.
(unless he could kill himself once a shadow and a hunter were already dead, being the third to die)


But that's fair; Allie and Agnes can never win solo, and Brian, Catherine, and Daniel each have two victory conditions, one of which cannot be fulfilled solo. (One poster suggested that Allie should win solo if the last Shadow and Hunter die simultaneously, leaving her the only one alive; otherwise, all five players win.)

 
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