Not anymore! We have unlocked the Print and Play Quest stretch goal which will allow you to print quests and play without the app. The app is still the intended and most streamlined way to play, but this gives the option to play without.
We chose to split it up 1-2p and 3-4p for a few reasons. The big reasons are cost, size, and content options. We wanted to keep it as highly compact as possible, but that also means sticking to a price point that makes sense for the size of the box. Dice, especially the custom enemy dice, make up a large portion of costs so sticking with enough to cover 1-2 players helped keep that down. We are also limited to 54 cards for manufacturing cost reasons so if we did not double side cards we would have to cut other cards and ship with less content. There are also people who may only want to play solo or with a friend so we wanted to provide that option at a lower price, but still have an easy solution to expand up to 4 players
The custom enemy dice are used to determine and track enemy health, enemy type, and quickly randomize spawning. The non-standard values on the die faces allow us to scale enemy health and potential loot based on enemy threat level. We have even designed the faces of these dice so you can easily tell which way to rotate the die when the enemy takes damage to roll it down to the lower value. We feel that the custom dice do add value and streamline things enough to make the extra cost well worth it.
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