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I own both, and will attempt to tackle each of your questions in turn: What are the key differences? Forbidden Desert removes the 'shrinking map' clock, and adds two new clocks: each player has a canteen with a finite amount of water, and there are limited ways to refill peoples' canteens. Each "Sun Beats Down" card causes everyone (there are exceptions)...


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Yes, any share of water drops one player's canteen by one, to raise someone else's canteen by one. The Water Carrier's special abilities are: can share water with players in adjacent spaces, doesn't need to be in same space can carry just a bit more (max is 5) can draw water from already exposed wells, for one action Nowhere in the rules does being ...


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A rules faq on boardgamegeek here says you can. Yes. While a buried player cannot take any action other than removing sand, using equipment doesn't take an action.


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I would probably, between the two, suggest Forbidden Desert, as one thing it brings that Island lacks is specific balancing based on the number of players in the game. Desert's analog to the "Flood Meter" from Island has different tracks based on the number of players. Also, unlike Island, Desert supports up to five players as designed.


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Forbidden Desert does play well with two players, and is a bit less intimidating than Pandemic. Just be warned that it is hard, even starting at the lowest difficulty level. In comparison Forbidden Island is pretty much a cake walk as long as you know what you're doing.


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I don't have my game/rules with me, but I don't think that is a legal combination. My understanding is that the Climber can take someone with him, but that someone would have to go with him for his entire move (on that particular action). So he would not be able to pick up another player in the middle of his movement. If the Climber were using his own ...


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The rules specifically state that the Climber "may" take 1 other player with her when she "moves," which I take to mean that it's the Climber's prerogative whether or not she takes anyone "when she moves," so I would say, "Yes," the combination is valid. The Navigator moved another player (the Climber) up to 3 unblocked (for the Climber anyway) tiles per ...


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It's not official, but there is a (fan-created) FAQ post on BGG now here. It states (towards the end) that the Climber is allowed to use the Jetpack to travel to a blocked tile.


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I would say no. Other cases where players special abilities combine (Navigator and Climber) or where a player's special ability combines with equipment (Explorer and Dune Blaster) are explicitly mentioned. The Climber says they can move to blocked spaces, not that they treat blocked spaces as unblocked. So I don't see anything that suggests you would be ...


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Forbidden Island can be a bit tough with 2 players, mainly because of the hand limit restrictions. I've had mostly close calls at normal difficulty level. So if you're playing with 2 players, I advise to just play 2 characters each.


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