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Slay the Spire *5gstar*
27-Feb-20 2:38pm
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Scott
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25-Apr-22 9:20am
#2
Scott
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Admiral wrote:
Tried Slay the Spire this weekend, since it was free on PSN and I've read so many great things about it. I really haven't played card battle games much. I'm interested in the "chess" battle type of gameplay though. You have to plan/prepare your offense and defense, and the lore is intriguing as well. Tabletop RPG board games have always been a thing I'm interested in, but could never see myself getting into. This game seemed to implement a little of what made those interesting to me. BUT....I think the combination of the game's complexity & my unwillingness to study the cards/potions makes this a game not for me. I can see that if you continue to play OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER again, that you'll start to learn the cards more, and will find your favorites, etc...but I really don't have the time or patience for that anymore. I know it's a rogue like card game, and that's the whole point...but at this point in my life, I'm not gaming to LEARN crap like this. I just want to enjoy right from the beginning (it's probably the same reason I can't stand the Souls games). There are plenty of other titles that fit this mold for me (Uncharted, God of War, Zelda, Mario, etc). I don't mind a little bit of challenge or a little bit of learning, but I want to make progress and have fun. Enjoy the game guys yes For me, it's an uninstall.
Sounds like it's just not for you, and that's completely fine. I never felt like I had to play over and over, and learn a ton of stuff, just to start enjoying it. I enjoyed it from the start, and just naturally learned more of the cards/relics/enemies/events/etc as I continued to play.
25-Apr-22 9:22am
#3
Scott
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nonamesleft wrote:
DrizzDrizzDrizz wrote:> Beat it with The Watcher finally, had the Time Eater boss, he was a tough cookie Oh yeah, Time Eater can be tricky. I think that was my most challenging of them.
Time Eater was my most feared Act III boss when I first started playing the game, but over time he's become my easiest to beat. Even if I'm playing a Shiv deck (which I almost always do as Silent lol). He just doesn't hit as hard as the other two bosses, or scale as quickly, so as long as you plan out your cards carefully, you should be fine.
25-Apr-22 9:46am
#4
Scott
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I recently cleared A18 and A19 with Defect. Neither deck felt particularly great, but they somehow did the job. I do feel like I've finally gotten better with the character. I've got a pretty good attempt at A20 going right now. I chose the boss relic swap at the beginning and got Pandora's Box. I don't remember every card I got from it, but I do know I got the following: Charge Battery, Claw, Boot Sequence, Doom and Gloom, Melter, and 2x Fission. Fission is one of my favorite Defect cards (especially after upgrading it), so picking up two of them right from the start was huge. The deck had two big problems though. First, I didn't have hardly any orbs to use the Fissions on! Second, I had very little block. I managed to pick up a Rainbow pretty early on for some quick orb generation. I was able to breeze through most of Act I with very little block by just killing almost everything before it had a chance to attack me! I would have loved an energy boss relic at the end of Act I, but my only choice was Runic Dome. My deck was nowhere near consistent enough to take that, so my other two options were Tiny House and Sacred Bark. I took Tiny House because I still really needed a few solid cards to make the deck good, and it gave me a chance to pick one, plus some gold to use in an Act II shop. I completely whiffed on the card choice though, so that boss relic was almost completely useless. I'm now a couple floors away from the Act II boss. I've been praying for a Glacier but still have not seen one. If I can get a decent energy relic from this Act's boss, I think I'll be ok. I'm worried I've made my deck too large though. A Mummified Hand would be incredible, I'm up to like 6 powers now.
25-Apr-22 9:50am
#5
bill
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Awakened One is my most feared Act 3 boss. Him resurrecting then immediately doing a very hard hit is challenging to be prepared for.


I thought of saying more about why rogue-likes often work for me. But, it's complicated and likely personal. Only a few have been tuned in just the right way that I love them. Slay the Spire is probably the best of all of them. It has something to do with keeping me motivated and interested in playing them. Some challenge, but also a feeling that I can beat them if I focus on playing better. Often there are mini-goals along the way that help too. Often the randomness is part of what makes them continue to be interesting.

Slay the Spire and Mooncrash were two of the best for me (another called Everspace is also high on my list). Shattered Pixel Dungeon is up there too now. Hades is a super popular rogue-like: I enjoyed it but it wasn't tuned quite as well for me as these others. And, I guess the gameplay itself just didn't thrill me somehow.

In the last week I was playing another called "The Last Stand: Aftermath" that had my interest, but becomes a slog after a while.

There's something about balance or tuning that really matters in these sorts of games. And, maybe that's partly a personal preference. It's not really about a game being "too hard", though I will sometimes hear people say that about games like this. It's more about whether they are worth the investment to learn them and get better at them. I think it's similar to Souls-like games.
25-Apr-22 9:59am
#6
bill
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I've been losing a lot in Slay the Spire recently. I'm not sure why, some bad luck but I think my skillz eroded some after playing less for a couple weeks too. There's a thin line between confidence and over-extending myself.

Pandora's Box & Tiny House are tough boss relics to get imho... amazing that you're doing well despite them.

I do love Mummified Hand, but having a lot of powers makes Awakened One harder too. I used to take lots of powers with Defect, but I've become more cautious. There are a few Defect powers that are fairly meh (e.g. Hello World, Static Discharge, Storm).
25-Apr-22 10:31am
#7
Scott
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bill wrote:
Awakened One is my most feared Act 3 boss. Him resurrecting then immediately doing a very hard hit is challenging to be prepared for.
Same here. I like Powers, so most of my decks end up having at least a couple of them. I also hate that any debuffs (poison, vulnerable, etc) go away when he resurrects.
25-Apr-22 10:45am
#8
Scott
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bill wrote:
Pandora's Box & Tiny House are tough boss relics to get imho... amazing that you're doing well despite them.
I used to hate Pandora's Box. Now, I don't mind it as much. Sometimes you get some duds, but most of the time, removing all of your strikes and defends and replacing them with 8-10 random cards is actually pretty good. I'm not thrilled to take it as an Act I boss reward because I usually just want an energy relic going into Act II. But swapping into it right from the beginning can be a lot of fun! I really hate Tiny House though. Why is that even a boss relic?? There are several events that are almost as good as it.

I do love Mummified Hand, but having a lot of powers makes Awakened One harder too. I used to take lots of powers with Defect, but I've become more cautious. There are a few Defect powers that are fairly meh (e.g. Hello World, Static Discharge, Storm).
Yeah, I used to take Hello World way too often, but it just isn't good most of the time. I've experimented with Static Discharge and Storm, but they rarely seem to work well for me either. As long as you can build up decent Focus and consistent frost orbs, you're usually fine against him.
25-Apr-22 2:27pm
#9
nonamesleft
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bill wrote:
Awakened One is my most feared Act 3 boss. Him resurrecting then immediately doing a very hard hit is challenging to be prepared for.I think I must have gotten really lucky on my run against the Awakened One, back when I first started the game. I think I lost against it the first time around. But the second time, I absolutely smashed through that boss like it was nothing. It took around 2-3 turns and he barely got to do anything. I destroyed his first form in I think 1-2 turns. He resurrected. Then I must have gotten an incredible combo, because he was immediately toast, very crispy. I thought it was a mistake, because the other bosses had been quite challenging.

In contrast, it took me a bunch of tries to defeat Time Eater. Donu and Deca seem to go either way. Sometimes easy, sometimes difficult. A fun combo for me is to use that card that makes a defeated enemy do [damage = to max HP] to other enemies. I then focus on one of them.

There's an enemy I think I fear more than all of the final bosses. The giant head statue. I've gotten too many close calls against it. And it's scary, doing more and more damage each turn. An ominous battle.
25-Apr-22 2:32pm
#10
nonamesleft
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bill wrote:
I thought of saying more about why rogue-likes often work for me. But, it's complicated and likely personal. Only a few have been tuned in just the right way that I love them. Slay the Spire is probably the best of all of them. It has something to do with keeping me motivated and interested in playing them. Some challenge, but also a feeling that I can beat them if I focus on playing better. Often there are mini-goals along the way that help too. Often the randomness is part of what makes them continue to be interesting. Slay the Spire and Mooncrash were two of the best for me (another called Everspace is also high on my list). Shattered Pixel Dungeon is up there too now. Hades is a super popular rogue-like: I enjoyed it but it wasn't tuned quite as well for me as these others. And, I guess the gameplay itself just didn't thrill me somehow. In the last week I was playing another called "The Last Stand: Aftermath" that had my interest, but becomes a slog after a while. There's something about balance or tuning that really matters in these sorts of games. And, maybe that's partly a personal preference. It's not really about a game being "too hard", though I will sometimes hear people say that about games like this. It's more about whether they are worth the investment to learn them and get better at them. I think it's similar to Souls-like games. Have you tried Inscryption? More than one person recommended it to me, and in part because I enjoyed Slay the Spire. (I haven't tried it yet, so I can't say anything about it.)
25-Apr-22 3:21pm
#11
bill
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I had not heard of Inscryption. But, I can see it is well-loved. Though, it's PC only so far, so I guess I'll hope it gets ported.
25-Apr-22 4:20pm
#12
DrizzDrizzDrizz
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What system you rock bill? Figured you were a pc guy primarily
25-Apr-22 4:44pm
#13
Scott
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Bill doesn't play on any system. He literally slays the spire.
25-Apr-22 6:29pm
#14
bill
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I mostly play stuff on ps4. I actually play Slay the Spire on an old iPad mostly now, though I did initially play it on ps4. I have a good PC and have used Steam a fair amount in the past. But, I don't prefer to play stuff at my desk. The living room is more comfortable. I have a Switch too (mostly to play the latest Zelda). I have played a few other things on it. It's good, but ps4 has my trophies and such, so I tend to stick with that. Also, the button swap thing annoys me.
25-Apr-22 6:41pm
#15
Feeb
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Did you guys ever play the blizzard card game hearthstone? It was cool early but I lost track of it. It was pay to win though.
25-Apr-22 8:38pm
#16
Scott
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I thought about it but never got around to it. Do a lot of people still play it, or did it die off?
25-Apr-22 8:39pm
#17
Feeb
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Scott wrote:
I thought about it but never got around to it. Do a lot of people still play it, or did it die off?
Not sure. It was an awesome iPad game though.
25-Apr-22 9:20pm
#18
MrBean
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Damnit, tired of seeing this thread going when I look at new replies ... haven't touched Switch in ages, and I'm on my PC more often these days.

Just picked it up, got it for $10 on Steam (through a discount key elsewhere). Looking forward to revisiting!
25-Apr-22 9:32pm
#19
Scott
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MrBean wrote:
Damnit, tired of seeing this thread going when I look at new replies ... haven't touched Switch in ages, and I'm on my PC more often these days. Just picked it up, got it for $10 on Steam (through a discount key elsewhere). Looking forward to revisiting!
How much did you play before?
25-Apr-22 10:51pm
#20
MrBean
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Scott wrote:
MrBean wrote:> Damnit, tired of seeing this thread going when I look at new replies ... haven't> touched Switch in ages, and I'm on my PC more often these days.> > Just picked it up, got it for $10 on Steam (through a discount key elsewhere). Looking> forward to revisiting! How much did you play before?
Nowhere near as much as you guys! Finished the game a few times with each class.
26-Apr-22 5:47am
#21
bill
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I've tried a number of other digital card games (including Hearthstone a little). But, I think Slay the Spire is the only one I've really gotten into. Slay the Spire being a card game isn't the reason I like it. It's more the rogue-like aspects of it that I appreciate (especially its replayability). It being on mobile and easily paused is part of why I still play it as I can fit it into times I'm just sitting around.

Slay the Spire *5gstar*