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Miniature Painter
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“Two player variant”

My wife and I play two player but go to the three player TU limit plus another 3 TU. This keeps the game hard, but makes it so we don’t need a solid group of 4 getting together just to play the game.

One other option we have used is to lose the TU aspect for ending the game and just play the game as a mystery with no time limit. You still have to keep the people alive and you only get one shot at solving the mystery. TU is still used to make sure a new character waits 7 TU to enter the game. This makes the game into a party and loses the hurried nature a LOT.

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Guardian Angel
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Marquis / Marchioness
13 of 15 gamers found this helpful
“No Cell Phone Camera Pics!”

The puzzle presented by each case in T.I.M.E. Stories requires careful note-taking and meticulous attention to detail to solve. Each player should be taking notes as they go, faulting on the side of “too much information” because once you’ve left a location it’s going to be very costly to revisit.

But we live in a digital age! Is your penmanship even legible anymore? What use will you have for indecipherable notes? This line of logic must have been on the mind of the idiot in my group who started taking pictures of each location card he visited with his cell phone camera so that he had a perfect record for puzzle solving later (… ok… that idiot was me).

While we pretty quickly realized this was cheating (oddly, I don’t recall the rulebook saying anything about note-taking – which is necessary – let alone picture taking), we lost at least a half hour of play time debating the thematic sense of taking pictures. See, the first 2 scenarios are set in the 1920s and early 1990s, and cell phone cameras certainly wouldn’t have been available to the vessels you’re occupying. But regular cameras would have been. However, would institutionalized 1920s mental patients have been able to get there hands on one? It went on like this for some time.

In any event, we made that fool (again, me) immediately delete the pictures from the phone and gumshoe the old fashion way. It probably takes longer, but rushing through T.I.M.E. Stories is the last thing you want to do.

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“Asylum not(e) taking notes”

I’ve play Asylum, The Marcy Case, and Under the Mask and out of the three Asylum by far requires the most detailed notes. The first time through make notes of everything from what you got where and where to avoid going again. the final puzzle has you refer to 5 pentagrams, but you don’t need all five if you’ve drawn them out the first time through. This will save you a ton of time units!

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Guardian Angel
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Rosetta Stone
8 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“Asylum: The right headcases for”

In the Asylum, you have the luxury of choosing from a diverse and eclectic cast of…interesting individuals, but don’t fall into the trap of simply picking your receptacle based on appearance.

Pay close attention to each of the receptacle’s stats and choose a team that balances out well. If one stat is high, it is incredibly likely that another won’t just be bad, but absolutely dire.

As it isn’t clear what each panorama card could potentially lead to, you can’t exactly plan ahead for combat or speech tests. It’s a good idea to have 2 specialists in combat and 2 linguistic wonders and dividing them up to create balanced teams. Otherwise, a butch pair may come across a task not suited for their abilities, and will likely waste a LOT of time by not completing it quickly, and thus have a knock on effect on the exploration of a location, WASTING MORE TIME!

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