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Subject: Showing your tokens or keeping them a secret? rss

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Hi there,
we played a session with 3 players, so only 1 human participating.
it was pretty obvious who the human was, since you could see on the
board of each player how much tokens were left after all were putting
some into the box. I think it is more interesting to play with hidden
tokens, at least in smaller groups (3-4 players).

is there anything that would negatively affect the gameplay
when hiding your tokens?
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Hi Markus,

We do not plan to change this rule because we want each player to know which action each player can take. In addition, it helps the players audit and make sure that each player that has a token places at least one token into the aggregator.

However, we would be intrigued to hear back from you regarding how it impacted the game-play! We definitely do not discourage anyone from trying different variations of the game.

In addition, for three play games, we would recomend trying different maps. We are beginning to put together a map database here:
https://www.emergenceboardgame.com/cities/

City 23 and city 31 are intended for 3 player games.

Feel free to use one of our custom maps, or create your own. If you create your own map, we would love it if you shared it with us!

Best,
Adam
-The Emergence Team
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Thanks for your help and the hint to the alternative map.
We had the impression that for 3 players the regular map
is a bit too big, so it is hard to catch the human,
but we will play several rounds to see how it works out.
 
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We played another 2 rounds with 4 players, once with hidden tokens and once with visible, as intended.

The group agreed they had more fun with hidden tokens than with visible ones. It was easier to identify the human when the tokens were visible.

So guess we will stick to hidden tokens and just displaying one token on the board if the player has some.
 
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