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« on: September 04, 2013, 04:20:15 AM »

Hey all,

I'm looking very hard at the new Pathfinder: The Adventure Card Game that released and got excellent buzz at Gencon. Many people are calling it a "card driven RPG-lite" which sounds awesome. But I have a few misgivings. First, from what I watched, the idea that the game is "innovative" sort of seems false - going to locations, drawing a card, and resolving said card with a die roll is a core mechanic from Talisman, A Touch of Evil, and Runebound. What makes this one different and gives players more choices? I also anticipate this being primarily a solo-play game for me, so that might also undermine the RPG aspect of the game and accentuate the "draw and roll" mechanical aspect.

Lastly, and this is a minor quibble, the cost of card sleeves for the 500+ cards is going to be nearly the cost of another game. Yes yes, I could use cheap sleeves, but I have been burned on that route.

Anyone have this one and want to comment/convince me to buy it? A lot of great games released recently and are going to release in the near future, so I want to make sure it lives up to the hype before I give it shelf-space. I do like the commitment to adding new adventure and character packs, that increase replay considerably.
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 03:25:59 PM »

Mine is arriving from Cool Stuff Inc today.  I'm also very excited about it.

The difference between the games you mentioned and PTACG is, of course, the cards.  It's apparently a tight system that's a joy to behold working.  Also, IIRC, luck is much less a factor.

The primary reason I got the game is because of all the raves I've heard about it as a solo game, so I wouldn't worry about that.

As for card sleeves, you're on your own there.  I don't bother sleeving these massive games.  I don't sleeve much at all, in fact.  The only game I have done it with is Love Letter (with only 16 cards, they go through a lot of abuse).

Of course, I only play in my house, really, so I'm not worried about them.

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 08:24:06 PM »

Keeping in mind I've only sat down to this once, but IMO it captures the flavor of an RPG as well as any card game can - YMMV depending on how much you believe that's achievable. The artwork is by the same artist that illustrated the Pathfinder core and advanced player rulebooks, so the cards are definitely nice to look at. I played in a group, but the owner said it's fun solo.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2013, 10:09:43 PM »

Picked it up Thursday and have played a couple of games already.  It's not going to drag me completely away from Robinson Crusoe, but it's pretty damn good.  Really challenging.

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