after reading many a thread its seems to me that alpha 2 fixed everything glareingly bad and alpha 3 has tweaked it as best as it can to make it totally balanced for the chess master players and frequent players. me my wife and friends are once in a blue moon players when we can get a game in and after 7 months after haveing a baby we are ready for another game. we played just alpha 2 and found it work well for us.
Is alpha 3 really worth reprinting all the sheets for for casuel players who dont look to deeply into the maths and weaknesses?. we cant becuase even my mate who is a very good chess player can not counter my wifes uncanny lucky dice.
This is my personal opinion……
Alpha+2 only exists on sheets of paper that were printed by players before Alpha+3 was released, It’s extinction to the casual player is inevitable, and seeing as all future printed and new online material will be based on Alpha+3… I suggest switching to A+3.
Also. Alpha+3 is not a more advanced edition with added complexity for hardcore players like you suggest. It is simply a correction in set up, an adjustment in game mechanics, and tweaking of PSs and NOs. In fact, Alpha+2 will eventually become the rare set that hard core fans look for in the future, and Alpha+3 will be the mainstream rules that the casual player will follow.
If you are all smart enough to grasp the complexity of Alpha+2, than you won’t have any difficulty adapting to the Alpha+3 rules. Surly if you all waited 7 months to play a game, you can take 1 day to read and adapt to the few changes A+3 offers.
Finally, after many games of playing both Alpha+2 and +3, I can honestly say that I think they both have balance issues, but Alpha+3 is more fun. You will no doubt find people here to disagree, but like I said… this is my personal opinion.