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Thrift Thopter
United States
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2012
Own 2 sets.
2012-10-31
Owned
Germany
Münster
NRW
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Hidden trackable information in games sucks!
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I play games for fun and pursuing the goal to win the game is fun! :)
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9.5
Jun 2015
I love this mini expansion, it adds to the game very nicely!

Avatars considerably reduce the common issue of not having enough things to do with your XP in the late (and sometimes even middle) game. All five of them cost 4 or 5 XP to upgrade to level 2 and three of them offer a way to burn XP for bonuses regularly at level 2.
These ways to spend XP also make the village cards Bandia's Wisdom and Veteran Trainer stronger, which are the very two village cards from Towers of Ruin I consider to be too weak otherwise. So Avatars help lessen this imbalance. I think Veteran Trainer is appropriately attractive with Avatars and Bandia's Widsom is at least not as utterly weak as it usually is without them. See here (*click*) for how avatars make the two village cards stronger.

The avatars enhance the game most in scenarios where players choose different ones because they plan for different strategies, thus adding a true variable player power element, which I generally really like in games (see my 11th general preference in my profile). There are probably some scenarios in which all or at least most players choose the same Avatar, but even then the new ways to spend XP are nice to have. And at least in my games with avatars so far, many different avatars were chosen.
2015-03-30
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G. G.
Germany
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9.1
Jun 2014
I like variable player powers. These are not gamebreaking, but offer interesting nuances in gameplay.
2013-06-25
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David Anderson
United States
seattle
Washington
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Two Time Cancer Survivor - Never Give Up. Never Surrender. -Jason Nesmith from Galaxy Quest (1999 movie)
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Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champions!
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9
Sep 2014
I like playing with Avatars.
2014-09-04
Owned
Jonathan Liu
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
Mar 2012
A good way to throw a tiny bit more into your Thunderstone games.
2012-03-29
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Andrew Bloom
United States
Haughton
Louisiana
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9
Apr 2012
Came with my TA that I won during AEG's contest here on BGG.com
2012-03-19
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Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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9
Jun 2012
Just another thematic piece of the puzzle that Thunderstone needs to make it more of a dungeon crawl
2012-06-04
Owned
Beatrix Schilke
Germany
Hilden
NRW
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9
Dec 2012
"Thunderstone Advance: Avatare"
2012-09-22
Owned
AMERI-THRASHER!
United States
Milford
Connecticut
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9
Aug 2014
THUNDERSTONE AVATARS
Not necessary but still fun.
2012-12-14
Joshua Danish
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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8
Mar 2012
Adds a simple, but fun additional layer to Thunderstone. Hoping they add additional classes of avatars in the future!
2012-03-06
Owned
Mike Adams
United States
Brigham City
Utah
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8
Apr 2012
I like these. They're not hugely game-changing, but give you a little potential edge. Nice.
2012-04-12
Owned
Christopher Ebert
United States
Cape Coral
Florida
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Solo Gamers are NOT lonely!
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Together We Game Alone (1 Player Guild)
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8
Nov 2013

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2014-03-14
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François Starke
Canada
Barrie
Ontario
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8
Apr 2012
In Towers of Ruin set box
2012-10-03
Owned
Nils Geek
Germany
MUC
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8
Apr 2012
Brings new elements and a bit more variarity to the game.
2012-04-27
Owned
Redshirt 20
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8
Jul 2012
Makes the game a bit easier, although it does have a real drawback in determining how a game goes before it even starts
2012-07-24
Owned
Ludovic Roy
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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May 2013
(Espace Jeux, 2012-03-28)

I really enjoyed the Avatars, they can be crucial for winning the game if chosen wisely. Very nice addition to the series.

(Traded with Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin for Steam Park and Buccaneer Bones in Gen Con 2015 No Ship Math Trade - Games For Trade, 2015-08-01)
2015-07-23
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Michael Pendergast
United States
Caribou
Maine
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May 2012
Interesting add-on, just makes the game easier for all.
2012-05-10
Owned
Kris Wiggins
United States
Dallas
Texas
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Uh! It's this darn dice tower!
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7
May 2013
Adds a little extra, although most people just take the warrior card.
2013-05-28
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Thomas Tompkins
Canada
Pointe-Claire
Quebec
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7
Dec 2013
Useful expansion.
2013-12-26
Owned
Robert Manore
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Warlord beats Troll, Troll beats Elf, Elf beats Water Sprite, and basically everything else beats Enchanted Bunny.
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7
Jun 2013
25 cards @ 63.5mm W x 88mm H
2013-06-28
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Chris Tan
Taiwan
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7
Jun 2014
Thunderstone Avatars 雷霆之石*化身擴充
2014-07-13
Owned
Chris
United States
Henrico
Virginia
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7
Apr 2014
Neat idea, mediocre execution.
2014-04-22
Owned
Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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6.8
Mar 2012
Came with my Towers of Ruin version of Thunderstone. Cool Avatars but not sure if I'll use them.
2012-03-20
Owned
Per Landberger
Sweden
Spånga
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6.5
Mar 2012
Makes little difference but are still quite unbalanced between each other. I just learned that everyone get to chose any of the five avatars (Mark Wootton, one of the games designers pointed out my misconceptions of the rules), so you can ditch the avatar you don't like.
2012-03-09
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Holger Wies
Germany
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6.5
Nov 2012
Nice little addition but not a must have
2012-11-16
Owned
Bobby Warren
United States
Glendale
Arizona
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6
Jun 2014
Nice addition for the players to choose a role for themselves.
2012-03-22
Owned
Dan Cain
United States
Tacoma
Washington
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The Evil-Do That I Do-Do
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6
Feb 2014
Great addition to TS. Will need to play more to see if there is one that is particularly more powerful than others (right now the Warrior's Level 2 ability might be the easy winner), but overall a fun addition.
2012-03-09
Phil Dawson
United Kingdom
Spalding
Lincolnshire
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Nothing to see here, move along
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Need to put something witty here
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6
Apr 2013
Can unbalance things a bit, if you make a poor choice.
2013-04-12
Owned
Luis Paulino Mora Lizano
Costa Rica
Asunción de Belén
Heredia
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6
Jul 2012
I rather play the game without them, since they bring more to think about without really adding more fun.
2012-07-16
Owned
Beau Bailey
United States
Missoula
Montana
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Why don't you believe me?
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Seriously, I'm a weasel.
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6
Mar 2012
Sold
2015-04-08
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Jim Patterson
United States
Iowa City
Iowa
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May 2015
Intriguing idea, and I use these some, but I don't miss them when they're not around, and the colored XP tokens used in Numenera and Into the Abyss "do" what the Avatars were meant to do more cleanly, without having to remember to either use the Avatar or to discard it, and they avoid the imbalance that sometimes resulted with the different Avatar options.
2015-05-04
Owned
Original Dibbler
Germany
Aachen
NRW
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What's one damage?
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It's na-fing!
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6
Sep 2012
Does not add much to the base game.
2012-09-22
Owned
Jo Bartok
Germany
Darmstadt
Hessen
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6
Jan 2015
Should ship with the basic game.
Very good cause it adds depth.
2014-01-29
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Gabrio Rossi
Italy
Campagnola di Zevio
Verona
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6
Sep 2014
Nothing special, added to your party. maybe is better to don't waste your XP to let your avatar grows. but that's part of a collection
2014-09-01
Owned
6
Apr 2015
Pretty cool addition to any Thunderstone set. Main gripe about it is that the Wizard and Thief avatars are clearly the strongest of the five, with the other three often being completely negligible in certain setups.
2015-02-08
Joe Di
United States
Connecticut
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May 2015
Interesting idea but I don't usually use the avatars.
2015-04-22
Owned
Sheldon Morris
Canada
Elora
Ontario
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5.5
Jun 2014
I rarely play with the Avatars, mostly because we forget about them until we've been playing for a bit already.
2014-09-18
Owned
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Hungary
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5
Aug 2012
[2012-08-10]
Érdekes ötlet de kicsit kiegyensúlyozatlannak éreztem elsőre a különböző kasztokat, igaz cserében mindenki választhatja ugyanazt így jelentősen nem befolyásolja a játékot. Semmi extra.
2012-08-10
Owned
Raymond
Australia
Adelaide
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5
Aug 2012
Very underwhelming, can easily go without.
2012-08-16
Owned
james zevnik
Canada
Airdrie
AB
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5
Mar 2015
meh.
2015-03-09
Owned
Clare Johnson
Wales
Pontypridd
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3.5
Aug 2013
Nice idea for a promo set, you as a player become one of the adventurers and the heroes you add to your deck are your party.
Idea is nice... execution not so much.

These cards basically give each player a special power that can be upgraded once for a certain number of XP. The powers however are hit and miss. The thief power of spending one less gold is powerful for any occasion, the fighter's weapons weigh one less ability..... not so much and the clerics power is entirely dependent upon diseases is practically useless unless there is a specific dungeon set up.

Traded in Maths Trade (2013) for Torres
2013-08-05
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andreo
Germany
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(6)
2012-09-21
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Przemek Debowy
Poland
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
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2013-01-16
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Robert
United States
Boca Raton
Florida
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Traded for Jamaica: Extra Treasures as part of the 2014 "April Showers" U.S. only math trade (4/14/14).
2014-04-18
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Mark Long
United States
Wilmington
Delaware
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Sleeved
2014-11-20
Owned
For Trade
United States
Redford
Michigan
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Bought: March 2012
1 - 2, L1
2014-08-11
Owned
David Knepper
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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03/20/2012
2012-03-20
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Jasmine Tan
Singapore
Singapore
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2012-Apr
2013-04-13
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Tim Buckley
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Bonus with Towers of Ruin
2013-01-07
Owned
Bill Perks
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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Like New - Mostly unplayed - Trade complete Collection as a Bundle Only
2015-01-30
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