…On the other hand I have noticed that whenever we add a new expansion's Adventure cards to the deck they take a long time to "un-clump" the tendency for them to want to stay close to, say, other Blood Moon cards, for example, which means you could end up encountering long streaks of just those sets' cards.
Ive noticed this too, I think its because new cards are more planar so there's less space between them than between a new card and a older more bent card. When you shuffle it will be more likely that cards are inserted between new-old than new-new or old-old..
Anyways, we've solved this by mixing in a very thorough way. Dividing/joinging the deck we just put one card at a tiem in a number of piles on the table and then stack the small piles toghether. Not as time consuming as one might think since we're usually alest 4ppl doing one parth each and its only necessary for the main adventure deck :P
Hi Nioreh, and that is a good idea.
I was actually doing something similar, as I try to integrate and that is I deal out the cards into a grid, 6 by 6, or even more. Then I shuffle these mini decks and finally stack all decks back together.
I could combine your and my method, rather easily too. So I'll try that next game and with all future extra Adventure cards to be added. Thanks,
I play with a group of 4-5 pretty regularly. We had been adding all the cards together as we acquired expansions - which we have all of now. We came to find balancing issues with the huge adventure deck. Some times market day would never come. Some times you get a bag of gold 5 turns in a row. Eventually we broke it all down again - which took us 20 mins.
Now we play with the core cards + 1 expansion and 1 board expansion. Or just the core + 1 non-board expansion. Immediately we realized that not only is the game more balanced this way, you get a much better feel of each expansion and get to experience their unique flavor. I think there are cards that counter each other in the expansions, and with a huge deck that balance is lost. (If you playing the dragon, I think the core cards only is the way to go)
Now that we have everything separated it takes about 5 min to shuffle in what we want and 5-10 min to separate at the end of the game.
We also separate the characters like this, selecting from the vanilla characters and the ones from what ever expansions we are playing with.
The other problem with breaking the decks down into more, but smaller decks, is the effect it has on certain characters, like the Sage who always knows what card is on top of the Adventure deck… If it is randomly determined, then the Sage doesn't really know until it is too late as they can't make an informed decision of where to go based on what is about to come up.
If i got a new expansion, and i must add the cards to my adventure deck, then the first thing what i do is, putting the new card in the deck after every 3/4 cards.
After all the new cards has been added to the adventure deck, then i make 6 or 7 piles, and then i take some cards from it, and i place it to another pile of cards.
And then i will shuffle each pile again etc until i am satisfied.