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Jacen Chris Baker
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So, I'm finally able to get back into board games again (yay friends who actually wanna play), and one of my favorites is Thunderstone. So imagine my surprise to see that the old expansions are apparently obsolete compared to the new Advanced line.

Is this the time to jump ship? I have the original base set, Doomgate Legion, and Wrath of the Elements from the original line, but is it now just more efficient to go straight into Advanced and skip out on hunting down the old sets?

-JCB
 
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Edward Bolme
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IMHO, yes.

Note that I am biased.
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Jacen Chris Baker
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I feel biased too, as Thunderstone was the satisfying feeling I wanted from something like Dominion and didn't get.

But is the Advanced design an improvement though? I have gotten mixed signals. :/
 
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I think it is worth the jump. I have the entire series (sleeved!) and I can't see myself going back to the original series. The graphics are so much easier to read and the gameboard for the Advance base game is REALLY nice and helps gameplay a lot!

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Edward Bolme
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AEG spent a long time with people who play the game a lot making it a better experience. Rules are clarified, terms are standardized, the opening hand allows for early dungeon runs, the game board adds a lot, and the tools they give you allow you to customize the game to your liking.

Some people are unhappy that the graphics were changed, or that new artists were brought in. And some people like how truly awful the original Militia were (I remain undefeated in games where i spent the first six turns resting out Militia). But I think it is a clear improvement.

I think the rules are online, and near the end of the book is a list of everything they updated.
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edbolme wrote:
IMHO, yes.

Note that I am biased.


Being biased doesn't make you wrong.

This is a clear and huge improvement over the original. Make the switch, don't look back.
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Kali Fitzgerald
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Some people are unhappy that the graphics were changed, or that new artists were brought in.


Technically both Thornwood Siege and Heart of Doom (the two expansions after Dragonspire) had new artists as well. While Jason Engle has some pieces in Towers of Ruin and the later expansions, I don't think these pieces have quite the same feel that his earlier Thunderstone work had.

I agree with you completely, but of course I am also biased on this particular topic.
 
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