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Hello, Im just hearing about this wonderful game and was wondering where I should start. Thanks..
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Do you have an iPhone/iPod/iPad? If so, start with the app. It's cheap and will let you decide if you like the game. In app purchases will let you try out the expansions.

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I started with the first one. It's got all the basic stuff and works fine.

The alternative is to start with Storm of Souls, which is also a complete game in itself, it is a little more complex, I understand, also the art is a bit better.
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Also, if you are looking to play with only 2 players, you can just get Return of the Fallen.
 
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I say start with the base game: Chronicle. I started there, it's a great time. After that, then you can worry about the expansion packs. If you do have an ipad, though, I hear (I don't own one) that the game on the iPad is a blast. I have people to play with, though, often, including a willing spouse, so I'm happy with having the physical copy. Later, I bought Return of the Fallen as an add-on to it, and have been enjoying that as well. Good gaming!
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I heard a couple of comments saying base game is bit unbalanced due to the sheer strength you get from the various Mechana constructs (IIRC, many of the mechana constructs are "always on" and work well in that regard) makes the game a bit unbalanced. There are synegies with the mechana constructs from other sets, but the "power alignment" isn't as out of whack there (although worth noting, exp#1 RotF has fewer cards being a small exp).

That being said, that comment seems true, but I would still start off with CotG too (base game). And as a disclaimer, that's the way I did it too.... I played CotG when it was just the base game, and then managed to play the exp later on (vast majority of my games have been through Ipod Touch). The disclaimer was to note that there may be that bias growing on you.
 
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Hi
I also started with the iDevice version on my iPOD. That got me hooked. But I went ahead and bought Ascension: Storm of Souls. That one has a wonderful box, and it can be played standalone as it has all the components for the game, and it also has solo play!!! I think the Solo play drew me to it. I call it Ascension 2.0. Whenever I bring it out to game day we always get it played.

The game is pretty easy to learn, and if you've played any deck building games, like Dominion, this one will be really easy to play.

If you're thinking of getting expansions, get Ascension the base set.
If you're thinking of just have 1 game, then get Storm of Souls.

But definitely start with the iDevice
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I'd go with Storm of Souls. It's the more refined version of Chronicle of the Godslayer. The new rule additions make it more complex and successful strategies more rewarding.

Also if you want to learn it, you can just leave the extra stuff, like Fate, Events and Trophy Monsters out in your first games and add them gradually, as you see fit.

But I agree with the other posts: If you have an iPad, that's the perfect way to start and get hooked!
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I'd also recommend Storm of Souls - The division of abilities between the factions, each with their various drawbacks, is more interestingly thematic, the art is better, and the interactions of the cards are slightly less overpowered. SOS is uncomplicated enough to be considered a gateway game in itself, so I personally wouldn't worry too much about being overwhelmed. The expansion for that set (Immortal Heroes) is also just round the corner, and looks great!
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storm of souls has enough extra complexity that id recommend it to start only if you and those you want to play it are "gamers". if you are looking to try and get true non-gamers to play with you, CotG is a much better set, as its more vanilla with less complexity, but its still deeper than it appears and has good replay value, and is not a terrible "gateway" strategy card game. I got my nongamer girlfriend into it with the base and she really grew to like it, and have a hunch it wouldnt have gone so well if id used Storm of SOuls, as it was challenging to her at first without gaming background, though now she happily enjoys that expansion too.

i dont recommend RotF as your only game, and i dont love the 2 p only version with just it, but its great mixed in. mileage may vary.

they all mix well, and if you like it, youll likely get em all
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