A very basic idle question (I have unsuccessfully looked for discussion on it)...
We're about to start WotR, and for the first two paths we just added the add-on decks in automatically. It occurs to me now that essentially doubling the number of B-level cards in the box must pull down the average encounter level slightly, even after basic and elites start getting pulled.
We play with 4 characters, so aside from the new PCs in the add-on deck, we don't actually *need* extra cards. This time around, I'm thinking of being more selective and just adding the cards related to the new PCs, or even doing a quick 'draft' of which cards to add.
Do most of you use the C decks in full even when playing with fewer than six characters? Was there designer intent that the add-on decks mainly be used with larger parties?
Maybe I'm a little cheesy, but I'll add the boons regardless of character count if they'll be helpful (e.g., boons that specific characters can take advantage of such as Ahmotep using boons with the Staff trait), but I won't add the banes unless we have five or six characters. As the players above identified, Wrath of the Righteous and its PITA banes, notably the Arboreal Blight and Demonic Horde, were the catalyst for the boon/bane split method.
Specifically, in WotR, I avoid doing so. Having MORE Arboreal Blights and Demonic Hordes is seriously unpleasant. It only took one 4-player game with three Demonic Hordes showing up to talk our group out of ever doing that again.
^This, all the way.
Otherwise, I also keep Deck C even with fewer players. I have laso considered adding only selected boons from C though - in which case, I would remove the same number of cards from B, matched by card type and Basic/Elite traits.
|ryric RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32|
|Vic Wertz Chief Technical Officer|
I'd add the entire C deck, and if you're concerned about the difficulty from the extra barriers, see this FAQ.
This is my solution for WotR. And I just add the C deck in for everything else. It's just easier, and it gets you the deathbane light crossbow in RotR.
|Mike Thomas 54|