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Old 05-10-2019, 01:04 AM   #1
Zack112
 
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Default New to TFT, bought the pocketbox version what next?

Hey guys,

Like the title says, I saw the game at my FLGS today and loved the packaging saw it was from the 70's and didn't know much else about it. We've only played Melee but we really liked it. Where do we go from here? I'd really like the advanced rules for Melee and Wizard... do those only come in the Legendary Box or are they included in the Labyrinth rule book?

Since I got the pocket sized version is the smaller size going to be a problem moving forward?

Thanks for your time, sorry if this has been asked before as well. I checked board game geek and there's not really any postings there.

Zack
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:54 AM   #2
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Where do we go from here? I'd really like the advanced rules for Melee and Wizard... do those only come in the Legendary Box or are they included in the Labyrinth rule book?
The Pocket Box you picked up is a great travel game, though the counters and maps are not compatible with any other components from The Fantasy Trip Legacy Edition, Death Test, or any newer expansions.

If you're after advanced rules, the In the Labyrinth hardcover book -- set for release next month -- has the goods.

For extended play beyond the skirmish battles of the Pocket Box, we recommend the Legacy Edition box. It's giant, includes the Melee and Wizard games (in the new scale and format), and is loaded with enough content to play The Fantasy Trip for at least three decades (as demonstrated by those who played between 1982 and 2018 using the original sets).

The new Kickstarter project -- Decks of Destiny -- also offers a lot of new material that works well with the Legacy Edition box. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...cks-of-destiny
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:30 AM   #3
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Hi Zack,
Welcome aboard!

Melee is good fun. Wizard is the magic system. That would be my first suggestion. And I would strongly suggest Death Test (either with Melee alone or with both Melee and Wizard). Melee, Wizard and DeathTest were all pocketbox games back in the day and meant to go together.

The new ITL will get you the advanced rules for all of it.

Enjoy.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:05 AM   #4
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Where do we go from here?
To The Fantasy Trip website, where you'll find all the products listed.

If you want the full Fantasy Trip system, technically you only need the book In The Labyrinth — but you can also get that book with a whole pile of extra goodies in the big Legacy Edition boxed set. (Plus, the enormous box can be used as an emergency shelter in the event of natural disasters.)
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:48 AM   #5
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The Death Test box comes with counters that are a touch big for the maps you have, but is definitely a logical next purchase.

The PDFs of the adventures would also be a good next step. You don't yet have the full RPG rules (those are in In the Labyrinth) but the adventures have interestingly new and different creatures for Melee/Wizard play (especially Chaos Triads and Clockwork Tower!), and if you print the counters at 75% they'll fit the maps you have.

After that you'll want either the Into the Labyrinth book or the Legacy Edition box set (which includes Melee, Wizard, and Death Test with the bigger counters and maps, as well as vast amounts of other goodies).
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:49 AM   #6
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Zack112 - Welcome to the family!
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:51 AM   #7
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Welcome!

The right approach here depends a bit on your price range. If you already have a big supply of hex-based table top gaming materials (e.g., a Chessex map or other hex-based terrain and a supply of mini's), then the new In The Labyrinth book is all you need. Given that you already have the pocket box edition, you could even get by with just printing out some hex based maps on regular paper. If you don't have that kind of supporting material on hand and/or consider it SOP to spend ~$100 every few months on gaming stuff, then definitely go for the LE boxed set. It will totally set you up, and is just an amazing product. It is an excellent deal, though everyone has to sort out for themselves whether they have the funds.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:24 AM   #8
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I posted a few tactical encounters designed mostly for just Melee/Wizard - something hopefully a bit more fun than having two Heroes or Wizards duke it out. They're free, and can give you something new while you decide how far you're going to go.

All of these are designed with 1.5" hexes, but they should work just fine.

here's the forum post for Panic at the Thisco, which includes a Melee-format map of a tavern (this was my most recent, and I'm definitely overdue for the next one).

This was my first encounter - the summoning ritual of Murak Zorazz - and here is the updated map, after I made some adjustments. It was designed with simple terrain so you can just use a Melee map with tokens on it to represent the terrain.

And here's The Druid's Hut. This one doesn't use a Melee-sized map, so you'll have to print it, or sketch it out on a Chessex map or something.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:46 AM   #9
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Honestly, you can play full roleplaying games with Melee and Wizard, provided you don't mind creating a couple pages of house rules to cover all the stuff that comes up (and it doesn't bother you to be playing differently from everyone else). In this sense, Melee/Wizard is the OD+D of TFT. The reason to dig deeper in the commercial products isn't that you can't play with just the pocket box; it's because they are excellent and you will enjoy them.
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:46 AM   #10
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I appreciate the warm welcome y’all, thanks for the quick reply’s too. I’ve never played an rpg, so it sounds like the legacy box is the way to go! I’ll keep checking back at the shop to see if we’re able to order one.

Malchdael, thank you for the scenarios! I have the day off so I think I might try printing those out
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