I’m also concerned with the new decision they took with the increased number of 1x cards in core. I don’t think it’s a design decision, since it’s also the way they went with L5R, so it must be a business decision to get people to buy 3 cores. I have heard FFG employees in the past say that people were complaining about the fact that they were buying 3x cores for only a handful of cards, and they were trying to make the third core feel like less of a waste, but here’s the thing: the people who were complaining about this were the people who were already buying 3 cores and feeling ripped off. They’re the most hardcore players, the ones so concerned about being competitive they absolutely needed that third Desperado and San San to make their decks more consistent. You’ve already hooked those people, they bought in, you don’t need to pander to them.
Rather, they should be pandering to the legions of people who are only buying a single core set and treating it as a self-contained board game. I’ve been trying to play single core games lately, and I’m telling you, those people are not having a good time. The number of 1x cards makes single core decks absolutely terrible. They’re inconsistent, they’re impossible to build because there aren’t 3 copies of the cards you want to splash influence on, and they’re just a bad experience.
3x Core 2.0 makes for much better and more interesting decks than 3x Core 1.0, but single core 2.0, which is what most newbies will start with, is absolutely terrible, and fewer first time buyers will decide to spring for more cores, or for other datapacks, based on that experience.
I might have to write a short blog post about this once I’ve played more games.