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Mage Knight Ultimate Edition $155.88 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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Excited this morning to get a price alert on this stonker of a board game. ~Equal lowest price as Aug 2019 from camel^3. Currently $279 at Gameology.

I'm buying focussed on solo play, personally. I've been on the lookout for the Ultimate Edition for a while, and probably would have been dead keen for this price second hand. Ultimate Edition includes 3 expansions and generally seems to be a no-brainer when talked about on forums.

Board Game Geek info link.. 9.0 rating FWIW, 150 mins+ playtime, 1-5 players, 4.61/5 complexity rating (just the way I like it).

May this lead to fun times with your friends or family. Or just you, on your own, at a giant table. Alone with your calculations and strategising. Maybe a glass of scotch.

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    Haven't heard of this - how would it compare to Gloomhaven?

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      Here's a recommended vid for you.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_zW9zDxeYU

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      How would it compare to a woman, which I also can't afford?

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        Yikes

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      Fantastic game! I have the old box and all expansions, well worth it!
      Is quite different from GH though. GH has a huge number of discrete scenarios to play, and is somewhat of a legacy game (you mark cards, retire characters etc), whereas MK has a handful of scenarios with a lot of replayability.
      There is a deckbuilding element in MK, where each round you add a few cards to your deck from different areas (advanced actions, artefacts, allied units etc), so the rounds get longer and you grow in strength, and also your hand size increases with level. In GH you have a set deck size that you replace/upgrade your class cards, and again gain a couple additional as you level up, but your deck is character specific.
      Both are a little similar in that you have a few ways to use each of your cards every round/turn, but different mechanics to do so.
      Best bet is to watch a play through on youtube, so you can see how it plays out - as (both are) not simple.
      If you enjoy a lot of thinking about optimal combinations to overcome objectives, and building up your character for the final objectives (conquering cities in base game, or an adversary in lost legion) you should really enjoy MK.
      I'm tempted to get the ultimate edition in case my current game gets damaged/lost. I will do before it stops printing.

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        I have both Gloomhaven and Mage Knight and find Mage Knight easier to get to the table - it also doesn't have the mental load that a Campaign game carries - a single game of Mage Knight feels like a mini campaign as you grow in power over hours, rather than months/years as is the case with Gloomhaven.

        For a consistent face to face group that can dedicate months/years to a campaign, Gloomhaven is phenomenal value. For the occasional play or what I feel is a more fulfilling solo experience that doesn't require playing two characters, Mage Knight is where it's at. There's also Star Trek Frontiers which is a somewhat streamlined version of Mage Knight wearing a Star Trek skin but I believe it's now Out of Print.

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      Very different games. Gloomhaven is much more thematic - backstory for every stage, monster attacks have names and variety. Mage Knight is more mechanical. You get the monster name and that's it, everything else is numbers.

      Mage Knight can be very rewarding, it can also be frustrating as hell.

      I'd recommend anyone curious about getting a meaty boardgame like these start with Jaws of the Lion, it can't be beaten for the price.

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        I've just jumped straight onto it because of price :)

        For someone who has not played a heavy game like this, am I asking for trouble and be better off shelving this and trying the others you have suggested first, or just go for it and try it out?

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          I think I could be pretty sure that you have some basis for the fundamentals - tonnes of video games give you a foundation of mechanics for a heavy game like this.

          Just explore the different options you have for learning; as mentioned YouTube has great content. Hope you enjoy!

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            @SgtGrumbles: Thanks. I am certainly excited to be getting this. Ricky Royal (?) video was a great video that clearly showed the mechanics and how to play. Just hoping it doesn't arrived in a bad state care of the international shipping.

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              @misa: Well the price has gone up and my order still says delivery date pending, so I hope it does ship!

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                @SgtGrumbles: The status of mine is now "Not yet shipped".

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                  @misa: still the same for me! I hope this doesn't end up being a dud deal

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                    @SgtGrumbles: New status for my order: Preparing for Shipment

                    Now I it looks like the order is going to be fulfilled.

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                      @misa: agreed, I was happy when the charge hit my credit card. Now to look forward to the unboxing!

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                        @SgtGrumbles: Yay mine just got shipped. ETA march. Hoping it arrives in one piece and looking forward to getting it to the table.

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      Thanks all for the comments - will check out the video when I have chance!

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    Looks like it was out of print (explains higher prices previously) and is now back. Still seems a very decent price for a lot of game - bought thanks.

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      Nice, thought it must be something like that. I tried to do some basic checking that it wasn't a counterfeit run, as people talk about that as an issue on Amazon.

      Beyond that I hoped it wasn't due to some better release on the horizon, but I was keen anyway!

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    Just my luck, I literally just posted my copy of this to Facebook marketplace over the weekend for $250 which is normally a good price! I wonder how much stock Amazon has, I might just hold for a while.

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      Drop down bar shows 30 copies, whether that's accurate or not is another matter.

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        Thanks for the info! I didn't know it was possible to check their stock volumes.

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    Absolutely awesome game for solo or even co-op play and this is a great price - cheapest it's been in quite some time (I purchased mine for roughly the same a few years back, it really doesn't get lower than this).

    Only concern would be how well Amazon pack it from the US because the box is enormous and has some delicate components, would be a bummer to open it up to broken figures.

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      I'll share the result. My order is "delivery date pending"… See what happens

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    I have the Star Trek version of Mage Knight. It is excellent.

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      Had never heard of this, cool!

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    I didnt know MK had expansions. Must investigate.

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    Final report if anyone looks this up for quality / safe delivery:
    Arrived yesterday. While my postie that delivers Amazon boxes is good, I got it delivered direct to post office. Box is in perfect nick and no sign of wear or impact inside. Stoked for this price.
    Couldn't help thinking I could have bought more and sold on Marketplace for a gain! I see copies going for more than this still.