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If you wanted LilyG to win, you HAVE to watch the semi finals game I linked above. Most exciting game of Root I've seen.
Gary Sax wrote: If you wanted LilyG to win, you HAVE to watch the semi finals game I linked above. Most exciting game of Root I've seen.
Seems like a lot has to go right and you need some cooperation from the table to win as Lizards. They routinely asked her what the outcast should be to reign in whoever else seemed to be winning.
I *never* remember that rule around picking up dominance cards to get suited cards. You aren't required to play dominance cards you pick up!
I also think it's kind of interesting that even at high level play an Eyrie Turmoil is kind of inevitable. If you leave them alone and they do well, they'll over recruit or build on their own. It's the timing that seems to matter.
Not sure an extra $30 is worth it to me for more Hirelings, especially when shipping is already $15.
That said, I think having minor factions at all will be pretty huge---they are supposed to act as an automatic catch-up mechanism and I believe Cole said somewhere they lengthen the endgame a turn or two... which I think is good for the game, a few more turns where the power struggle happens at full power is cool. So my gut instinct is that having six extra what will usually be minor side factions available for that much money isn't essential.
Also, the clockwork factions are definitely inessential for the cost. I've been posting on instagram about how the bots are hit or miss in terms of quality. I'll be getting them because I play solo Root for relaxation, I find handling the gorgeous production, playing a faction's ramp up, and gawking at the pieces feels good. But I wouldn't like recommend it to anyone.
That said, there are two sides of a hireling. Major and minor. Minor provide special powers, themed to a player faction, but generally don't have much board presence. They aren't as big a deal. But with less than 4, you play with a major hireling in play. That side generally has troops and board presence, and lets you perform some actions with them in addition to any special powers. So it's a way to make those lower number games have the proper crowding of the board.
Gary Sax wrote: It's an expensive addition too, even if you did have the taste for solo boardgaming.
That was my take on the first one too. If it was ten bucks the completist in me probably would have won that. At like $40 there's no way.
If I really liked solo games I could see buying it, but I would be basically buying insurance on a change in my future behavior. Nope.
(and ten bucks probably would have hugely undervalued the work that went into it, so I'm okay with the price, it's just not necessary for me)
Have to say I'm a little sticker shocked on this one. I realize that they had to put a lot more time into the new factions, because every additional faction just raises the balance complexity level. But, IIRC, the price on this one plus the Landmarks stuff is about 33% more than the Underworld was, including its extra stuff. Certainly production costs have not diminished and shipping costs are radically higher than they were a year ago, but I noticed that Gamelyn's KS for TE Dungeons is the same price as their last one (TE Pirates), despite those increased external costs.
I think 30 dollars more for 6 hirelings is much iffier and the bots is not a great deal either.
Underworlds came with the new exiles and partisans deck, the resin clearing markers, and the box of vagabonds for 50, also a great deal. It also got bloated and more questionable if you went bigger too.
Great summary--nothing to add, just wanted to confirm that you measure the gap between you and the overall VP leader, not you and the player with the next highest score than you.
Gary Sax wrote: The other four sides of the influence die have 1 or more influence points on them but you only receive those influence points if you are down by (I believe behind the leader player?) a number of VPs that are printed on the die.
This is a twitch playthrough with the design team that has the two new factions, so should help you make up your mind on that base expansion box imho. I am enthused to try the badgers.
Also, there was some confusion about what is in the additional hirelings expansion and the minor factions more generally physically---if you go back to the kickstarter page now you'll see they put actual numbers on the component pieces that come with all the minor factions, before it sort of looked like you got a card and a single component for each one. It makes the extra minor factions box still a pricey purchase that is worth pondering whether it's worth it but make a little bit more sense financially from a component perspective.