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Subject: The Doom Patrol - Part I (spoilers) rss

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Rob Watkins
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2nd edition Gloomhaven box arrived. It was nigh time to jump off the deep end and see how we would do. Multiple people asserted we would be absolutely nuts to try to play Gloomhaven at level 7 difficulty on every scenario from the beginning until the very end. But we are trying it anyway. A friend asserted that he did not feel a sense of accomplishment from playing Gloomhaven. This was my response to that issue. If we could beat difficulty 7 scenarios, we would feel a major sense of accomplishment.

Two friends showed up today to venture forth in this harsh version of Gloomhaven. I am still somewhat astonished that I have two friends that are gluttons for the punishment that difficulty 7 Gloomhaven would mete out. We had spent several hours analyzing the starting characters and party compositions prior to the game arriving. We decided the first two characters would be the scoundrel and the mind thief. When we added a third player, we added a cragheart.

Prosperity 1.0, Reputation 0. Level 1 cragheart, level 1 mind thief, level 1 scoundrel.

We each picked up a minor stamina potion at start. Scoundrel and mind thief each bought a cloak of invisibility. Cragheart saved money for the future. We lost 3 reputation on the way to the Black Barrow (C12A, R19B). Yikes, +1 cost on all purchases already. The cragheart plopped down four obstacles in the first two turns, creating a bunker with only one entrance against the 6 normal bandit guards. We chewed through them, and moved onto the next room. Mind thief's push 3 dispatched the elite bandit guard, pushing him through a pair of 7 damage traps. We finished off the three archers and entered the final room on fumes (first room alone takes 96 damage to clear). The cragheart managed to jump to the treasure chest before we all exhausted. This opened up S71. We were quite pleased that we defeated two thirds of the difficulty 7 Black Barrow with a level 1 prosperity 1 party and also looted the treasure chest.

C24B gave Gloomhaven +1 prosperity tick. Cragheart and the scoundrel each purchased blessings at the great oak. Cragheart paid 21 gold for boots of striding. R08B gave us 3 damage at the start of our next incursion into Black Barrow. We once again made it into the final room, only to get obliterated by the withering onslaught of living bones and bandit archers. We staggered back to Gloomhaven and increased prosperity by one box with C29B. Cragheart bought a warhammer, Scoundrel purchased eagle eye goggles.

Prosperity 1.2, Reputation -3 tick (+1 cost on all purchases). Level 1 cragheart, level 1 mind thief, level 1 scoundrel.
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Alex Florin
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Level 7 from the start, holy crap!

I'm really curious to see how this turns out.
 
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Matt Ziemer
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Very exciting and well written. I'm scared for you a little bit but a little jealous as well. Sounds like you are doing quite well and very close to beating black barrow. By the time you beat it you'll be unstoppable.
 
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Isaac Childres
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Haha, this is great. Unfortunately, the game can only get easier from here.
 
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How did the Cragheart create four obstacles in the first two turns?

He would have discarded the card in the first turn. How did he get it back?

Just curious.
 
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Rob Watkins
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He used his Minor Stamina Potion at the end of his turn to return the two cards. The other card was the one that gave him a 13 initiative.
 
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