Going to start a new game session with a mate of mine he has his eye on Lini and I on playing Olenjack. My worry is that we might not have all that much power in regards to late game? I know many will say whatever characters we find fun is good, I just wondered if you all had any wisdom to shed on the fact/thoughts to share?
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Which version of Lini does he want to play? Most are rather good.
Olenjack is more on the weak side, overall.
Which AP do you want to play?
You can beat the game with all characters, but it might be more difficult with certain picks. In general though, small parties have a much easier time, so you shouldn't worry too much.
The strength of Olenjack is, if he is able to defeat monsters using Poison, he can explore monster-heavy locations at tremendous rate.
1) I wouldn't recommend Olenjack for Wrath of the Righteous
2) I wouldn't recommend him for Mummy's Mask
#1 is the most serious. All demons are immune to Poison, and you fight a ton of demons in WotR (and a higher % as the campaign advances). Undead are a similar story (though less so) in MM.
In the other sets, a Lini-Olenjack combo would be an interesting challenge. Experience could matter a lot in how successful that is. Combat-wise, it's on the low end of the spectrum. (I assume you are using CD Lini. RotR and S&S also have Linis.)
I've been charmed by RotR all over again with the Obsidian app and the game on Steam. After so many playthroughs, I still enjoy it.
RotR is a good set for that combo.
I'm looking at Flenta as an alternative. Am I right in saying she can't hold on to specific spells at all? (Looking at her abilities it seems she can't keep the arcane skill to recharge a spell and so have to banish them when they are used.)
Flenta is an odd duck, for sure. She doesn't hold onto any spell she *casts* (she keeps replacing them with B spells, of course). She *does* occasionally hold on to high-level spells to use them for her role-based recharge bonus. (In your party, she'd be challenged to acquire the high AD Arcane spells, though.)
I was in a four-character Season of the Righteous party with a Flenta player. My friend playing her enjoyed the campaign.
Tbh it's likely to be just RotRL.. ..i know it's kinda boring compared to later expansions lol
RotR remains the single best introductory set, imho. There are no scenarios that try to serve the "too easy" crowd too hard that will just suck the fun out of your game. In addition, while your friend may struggle with RotR Lini initially (mostly dependent oh his/her previous exposure to board games as a whole, I suppose) - she is one of the most OP characters ever created. When the 'free' 1d4+X bonuses form her 'reveal Animal' power begin to add up, she'll be face-rolling most non-combat checks in RotR and with the right deck, she won't have too much trouble with combat either.
I find Flenta's "spells" gimmick rather uninspiring, but that Knowledge skill may come in handy for some locations. Tontelzi, otoh, brings an important Diplomacy skill to the table and bonus to his mate's combat (which will see a lot of play in 2-player game), but sufferes from lower STR die and the fact RotR is particularly stingy with Polearms. Still, both of those characters' drawback are something that will rather add to your 'challenge' rather than cost you a game; if anything - the biggest risk is finding yourself feeling that you're playing catch-up to your friend's Lini :)
At any rate, I'm sure you'll have a blast with RotR. Good luck on your adventures.
We played Season of the Shackles with Flenta. The spells were a pretty minor gimmick in her toolbox. Her player had the worst dice luck at times, but played OK otherwise. (We were all carried by Agna in that campaign, honestly.)
RotR Lini should be fine; I played her in the digital game with no problems. I haven't played or seen someone play Olenjack.