Tanis O'Connor wrote:
Big booms are great! And I suppose that Damiel shines when using the second power. I think I just got thrown by "He can also throw alchemy bombs as kickers to his Ranged attacks," and was trying to find a way to make that true.
Your blog posts are wonderful, I just need to remind myself that they aren't canonical rules.
Apologies, I did not clearly articulate the problem. Damiel's power requires him to make dex based combat checks. But he cant do that with the cannon without the the ranged skill. Does Damiel have some other way to allow him to make a ranged based combat check? It seems odd to pair him in the preview with a card he cant really use all that well.
It's not just one person's experience. The overwhelming response from veteran players (players who fiercely complained about the difficulty of the early scenarios) was that AP 3, 4, and 5 were quite easy (I'm not including 6 because I haven't seen as much discussion of it, not because of its level of challenge). The tools players have available at that stage of the campaign trivialize a lot of the content.
No conclusions, but two observations
1) Mythic Marshal shenanigans are very powerful. I have a five person party that includes three mythic marshal's. Yes, you don't get funky powers, but the ability to consistently include a d20 in your core checks is very nice.
2) The five charge mythic archmage power is amazing, especially in two and three person parties. I have mythic archmage in a three person party and I almost always use the scouting power multiple times in each scenario.
Orbis Orboros wrote:
I would only play it if I planned to operate in a support role. Recharging (best case scenario) two cards to draw one is a terrible reason to include a card in your deck. Allowing a friend to recharge a card to draw a card is worth considering for some builds, however.
Apologies for misconstruing your views, I just had to do something to conjure you.
And I would agree that the card works better in a supporting role.
Deck cycling is incredibly useful. If Orbis still haunted these forums he would be drooling about this card.
Try Hunter. She solo's quite well and should be able to handle the base scenarios without too much trouble.
Don't just start put off the base scenarios, I would encourage you to not play them at all. I firmly believe that they aren't well designed and that your gaming experience will be better if you pretend that they don't exist entirely. That being said, you will still find them challenging if you insist on playing them after AP1.
It (sadly) doesn't involve dinosaurs, but I had a wonderful moment last game when Seoni asked Arueshalae to borrow her Talisman of True Faith. After receiving it, Seoni promptly revealed a blessing of Deskari to give the Talisman the corrupted trait, turning it into another uber-powerful card capable of mirroring anything in the blessing deck, much to the abject horror of the now wailing Arueshalae.
Moral of the story: Never give your holy artifacts to someone who identifies as a 'Corruptor.'
As a fervent player who has finished Runelords with three parties, S&S with two parties, and is half way through Wrath with three different parties, the announcement of the delay comes as bleak news. I recognize that my pace of play makes me an outlier, but I had already started licking my chops with anticipation over Mask. I know that Mike and the rest of the team are charting the course that they feel will best serve the long term interest of the product line, but I am going to miss the chance to jump into the next set. I don’t have much interest in season of the runelords, and will probably be moving on to other games in the newly emergent genre to see if I can find something else to scratch my itch.
Hopefully the digital game will keep me engaged with PACG, and I look forward to diving right back into the game whenever Mask finds its way onto the shelves.
Different wording "If you are the only character at your location, you may recharge a card to add 1d6 to your combat check, or discard it to add an additional 1d6."
The weapon as written is mediocre, especially for loot. I certainly hope it's an error, but I am playing it (or, not playing it, i suppose) as is until I hear otherwise.
I don't think Wrath supports your style of play particularly well, at least not in large groups. Characters need to play through adentures sequentially. You can't take a kyra with an early deck (she is still packing 5 basic spells, including things like viper strike) and doesn't understand how her powers and expect to succeed in in AP6. That character needs the earlier scenarios to develop her deck, and the player needs the earlier scenarios to understand their powers.
The answer may depend on what character you are playing. For instance, as Seoni [Corrupter], I want an ascension blessing in the blessing discard pile ASAP, so I would never remove Ascension from the game. On the other hand, character actively seeking to match blessing cards might want to actively remove Ascension.
Wandering Judge Imrijka is the bestest (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Blessings Deck and Love the Inquisitor)
If your Ranzak ever receives healing, those discarded cards make there way back into your deck and will eventually dilute your hand. Unless you can consistently banish the cards you acquire, ranzak ends up holding a bunch of junk.
I'm not saying this isn't a valid way to play, but I usually have my decks pretty specialized, and every card in them matters, and call me weird, but no, in a 2 Barrier location deck, I'm not going to recharge my Masterwork Tools just to get another explore. So maybe that's why I'm not getting the whole 'thing' with the Lancer.
Are you actually playing 'Wrath of the Righteous'?
It's not that hard to figure out how to get 4 explores a turn. If you have a weapon and an armor (preferably one that lets you reveal to block combat damage), that's four cards that could be additional explores. If you acquire any cards during your turn, those are also additional explores. Even if you have to discard/recharge a card or two to win fights, you should be able t average 3 additional explores a turn fairly regularly.
Imrijka can't generate anything like that number of explores without discarding cards (though imrijka has other, even more powerful options, but that is for another thread).
I had a different take on the Lancer debate. I don’t know if he should be changed or not, but I am convinced that that Lancer power in question should never have been made.
One of the central tensions of the game, particularly for large and mid-sized groups, is the balance between generating additional explorations and not getting your character killed. The most conventional approach to dealing with this tension is to discard cards for explorations and then you healing power to mitigate the damage from the discards. The interaction between playing cards to explore and using healing powers to recover those cards is a cornerstone of PACG, though not every group or player relies on it.
However, as characters gain more and more abilities, one of the most common and most desired, upgrades is to find ways to explore without having to discard. Different characters gain the ability to explore without discarding through a variety of different mechanics, and those mechanics present a series of mini-games, as players look for ways to maximize how often they can get these cheap explores.
- Cards that you can recharge to explore. In RotR, we had haste, a spell that gave you a free explore. S&S allowed Damiel to use potions in a similar fashion. Characters like Lini, Feyia or Kyra could all get five or six cards of a specific type in their deck and that allowed them to recharge to explore. These cards create a deck cycling minigame, where the player is incentived to trim their deck and draw through it as quickly as possible so that they can hit these ‘recharge to explore’ cards again and again.
- Some abilities allow you to explore based on encountering a certain of card. Ezren, Ranzak and Imrijka are all examples of this type of power. Here the player is encouraged to consider the composition of each location, reward for scouting powers, and incentivized to find ways to succeed at certain kinds of key roles to earn more and more explorations.
- Some of these additional explorations come with downsides. Ranzak can explore a ton, but he fills he deck and discard pile with giant troves of junk, making his deck less and less efficient the more he loots. Kyra can ensure she always has a hand full of blessings, but the cost is that her deck cycling ability grinds to a halt and she sees very few of her cards aside from those blessings.
All of which brings us to Alain and the Lancer roll. This power generates additional explorations, but does it far more efficiently than any previous option. You don’t need any mini-game to maximize the additional explorations, nor is there any down side or tradeoffs to taking them. As soon as you get your hands on winged mounts, every card in your deck becomes a better version of haste if you want it to be. The Lancer provides more reliable, more efficient exploration than we have seen from any previous power, and requires no work or thought on the part of the player.
Lancer isn’t just powerful, it’s mechanically uninteresting. It doesn’t require you to make any choices, or to rethink your approach your deck or the locations, or encourage working with yor team mates in any particular way. It just allows you to throw down four explorations, every turn, with no cost. It breaks one of the central tensions that makes the intriguing, and offers nothing mechanically interesting in return. From my point of view, that’s a design flaw, and I hope that Mike and the rest of the team will work to avoid replicating in future characters
It's not generally a good idea, but in a scenario like this one, where success or failure depend entirely on your ability to avoid the villain until just the right moment, it is well worth it.
That being said, I used it on Seoni [Corrupter], who can turn almost half her deck into Blessings of Ascension when Ascension is the top card of the discard pile. She can scout and then build the charges back up as long as she has healing.
More generally, you continue to produce the best reviews available of this AP. Keep it up!
w w 379 wrote:
Sword of Iomedae is so amazingly sweet. The only down side of it is that Seelah, Kyra and Imrijka all want to have it to themselves.
I'd like to push back on this a bit. WotR isn't "expert" level. It has ridiculously hard base scenarios, and the scenarios in AP2 pose particular problems for large groups of players. But, once you get past those initial scenarios, the set isn't significantly more difficult than other sets. I am finding AP3 & AP4 of wrath easier than S&S, and I haven't seen anyone posting data that suggests their experiences with these later sets is different than mine.
If it's any consolation, I totally agree with you that the things like elven entanglements and army card sin 6 player games need an errata.
Apologies for mixing up my posters.
Yes, demonic hoard and arboreal blight suck, but they suck most early in the campaign when the barrier deck is smaller and the party has less tools to mitigate them (through scouting, evasion, damage reaction, etc.). how often are you seeing those cards in AP4+?
Those barriers are 6 cards in a 45 card deck. Even in AP4, which is a very barrier heavy portion of the adventure path (averaging of 12 barriers per scenario), you will only have, on average, 2 of them in your location decks. And since you don’t have to explore every card and should have some scouting ability, you shouldn’t be hitting both of them every game.
You’re making it sound like you are hitting these barriers every few turns. You should be hitting them once or twice a game. And at that level of rarity, they don’t massively skew the math of the game.
Several people seem to be arguing that because that because Wrath is so hard on large groups, players need to have the Lancer being able to turn every card into an explore to succeed. I have a couple of responses.
a) If you need alain to be able to win, that suggests some fundamental issues with the design and confirms that he is out of balance with other characters.
b) Are people actually losing a lot in AP 4 and 5? I know every large group got kicked around early in the AP, but are you still having problems in the second half? Performance in the second half of the AP is the only thing that matters for evaluating lancer.
I'm personally ambivalent on the changes. Yes, Lancer is stupidly powerful because it gives ridiculous combinations of moving, healing and exploring for minimal cost. But I am not convinced that that Lancer is actually more powerful than the other ridiculous characters in the set (Andowyn and Imrijka), which makes me wonder about reducing its powers.