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Paolo J
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Should we go for the original base set or go straight to Advance?
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paolojackson wrote:
Should we go for the original base set or go straight to Advance?

Go straight to Advance.

Do not pass Go.
Do not collect $200.
Do not play any turrible games with rules reminiscent of the last two phrases.


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paolojackson wrote:
Should we go for the original base set or go straight to Advance?


First, I suggest getting TS: Advance because it has the most updated rules and clarifications. This alone makes understanding the game much easier if you are a new player.

In addition, if you come across the base game (or any of the other expansions) at a really great price, pick it up.
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Start with Advance for the cleaned-up rules and better card layout, then if you like it and want to add more options without having to wait for future expansions, you can add in the older TS sets.
 
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Stick to Advance. If you like it, get the Advance expansion due out in a few months (then the one that will follow a few months after that). The older stuff is similar and compatible to the new stuff, but I think it's only worth mixing the old with the new if you are really obsessed with the game and plan to play it hundreds of times. There is some clunkyness going between the old style and the Advance style that I think most people would rather avoid.
 
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Stick to Advance. If you like it, get the Advance expansion due out in a few months (then the one that will follow a few months after that). The older stuff is similar and compatible to the new stuff, but I think it's only worth mixing the old with the new if you are really obsessed with the game and plan to play it hundreds of times. There is some clunkyness going between the old style and the Advance style that I think most people would rather avoid.


I agree, even if I don't believe there is too much clumsiness. AEG will surely give more than enough extension to Advance to make it work great.
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Advance has a nice mix of cards and the updated rules in the box, plus you get the nice board, which is *very* helpful for your first few games (and after that too, but it really helps when you're getting used to the layout).

So I'll echo the "go with Advance" sentiment as well.
 
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After playing both for some time, I am leaning toward the older sets. But I am in the minority on that one.
 
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If you're new to the series, definately go with Towers of Ruin. If you like it, then go with gathering the older sets.

Honestly, I played ToR several times until I got to play with each card in the game. Then it got a bit predictable for me. So, I started mixing in my older sets and I love the interaction and variety. Cards from ToR really combo well with some older cards (I can finally have my Middle Earth Dwarf preset Dungeon!).

However, combining older sets comes with a warning: you need to fully understand the rules from the past as well as the rules for ToR to ensure you know how the sets are compatible because some things like Battle Effects are performed in one way with ToR, and a different way in the older sets (it's a timing difference).
 
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