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Subject: 6 player - Engineer + 1st Officer rss

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Viktor Karlsson Mantel
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After played the game with both 6 nd 7 players I start thinking it will almost be better if the 1st officer role is controled by the player who is the Engineer, instead of the captain.

Its quit often the captain forgets to do his officer part and say okay loud.
But the engineer who already have that as a major part of his role shoudl have esier to say okay when he have done both the engineer part and the officer part.

I will try this next game I play with less then 8.

Have other players tried this? Or what do you think about it.
 
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Ashish Nair
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I was just thinking about this the other day after playing a few 6 player games. My thinking though was that the roles are more or less balanced with regards to the amount of work they have to do (i.e. even the First Mate who does little on their sheet has to do a lot by communicating effectively with the Engineer and Captain, and keeping track of when to use Drone and Sonar). My subsequent thinking is based on this assumption of balance.

So I was thinking that to make the Engineer be the first mate would actually make the Captain's role too easy relative to the Engineer + First Mate combined, and that this would be useful for when you wanted to play with less experienced players, so they could still enjoy playing the Captain without being overwhelmed in 6 player games while the more experienced players would do both the Engineer and First Mate.
 
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Viktor Karlsson Mantel
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Or that it would make it to easy for the engineer to be in vharge of the destruction of system aswell as the chargibg if system. You elininate the elimebt of confusion if you do this.
 
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Ashish Nair
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On that point I'd agree, yes it would remove that element of confusion and make that much easier, and with it gone, so is the need for communication also reduced.
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Deric W
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My group of 6 tried this yesterday, and the consensus was that the Captain needs to do the First Mate stuff, and it's too confusing to combine Engineer and First Mate. After one play, we went back to the proper way.
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Thijs Lauwbierkoffie
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We combined engineer and first mate and it just worked fine
 
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