Voice at the Door: Side-by-Side and Cooperative Play

As I’ve continued my journey with our beloved game, I’ve spent quite a bit of time playing with other folks and observing how others play. In terms of basic play-style, I have seen two camps emerge: side-by-side players and cooperative players. Neither is better or worse than the other, and at different times, I have been a part of both camps:

Side-by-Side: This kind of player, whether he or she is playing with one, two, or three other players, tends to work within their own play area as much as possible. Other than cooperating in the broadest sense, by which I mean contributing attack, defense, willpower, and cancellation, he or she is primarily focused on playing a particular role. Few cards are played across the table unless it will benefit this player directly (e.g., A Test of Will or a universal boost of some sort).

Cooperative: This kind of player, whether he or she is playing with one, two, or three other players, tends to work across the table with other players. In addition to contributing to attack, defense, willpower, and cancellation, he or she will play key attachments across the table (e.g., Unexpected Courage, Gondorian Shield), utilize resource moving cards like Blue Mountain Trader and Errand Rider to offer other players resources, and both give and receive sentinel and ranged help.

So, dear readers, what camp do you primarily fall into? Answer the poll below!

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