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Subject: Adding a bit of randomness to the game rss

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Alfonso Velasco
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I would like to add some randomness to the game
How does this work?:
-Gods are selected amongst 3 cards faced up. At the start of the turn a player can select one. It can be used or not and it's discarded at the end of the turn.Then a new god is drawn. If the deck is empty it is reshuffled.
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matt tolman
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This would be terrible. The whole game is manipulating the game state to favor your god's power. This would destroy that entirely.
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Donegal wrote:
I would like to add some randomness to the game
How does this work?:
-Gods are selected amongst 3 cards faced up. At the start of the turn a player can select one. It can be used or not and it's discarded at the end of the turn.Then a new god is drawn. If the deck is empty it is reshuffled.
Comments of the experts?


Hey Alfonso,

Matt's right, the game was designed with pure strategy in mind.

That said, there's one god included in the base set that will be right up your alley: Chaos. The Chaos player shuffles the 10 Simple gods into a pile and starts with a random one; every time someone builds a dome, they draw a new one and their power changes.

Your proposed method of play would be balanced but definitely more chaotic than most Santorini players would prefer. I would recommend if you're going to try it, you stick to the Simple gods - many of the more advanced ones won't make sense with their powers appearing and disappearing throughout play or creating illegal combinations.
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Mike Beiter
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Isn't Zeus similar to this as well?

He has the alternating powers of several different gods, right?
 
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MajaiofDreams wrote:
Isn't Zeus similar to this as well?

He has the alternating powers of several different gods, right?


Zeus during the campaign was going to be along those lines, yes, but for a variety of reasons was changed to a completely different concept.

Final version Zeus has the ability to build beneath his own workers now. (Note that building a level 3 building beneath your own worker does not count as moving up to level 3 for the purposes of winning.)
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Michael Van Biesbrouck
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There are some randomized powers that were created for the original edition of Santorini, the most extreme of which was Tyche. You can find other examples in the Gods Suggestions thread.

Maybe expansion 2 will have some randomized powers.
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