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Subject: setup with less than 6 rss

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Josh
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I have so far only played once, 5 players. The interlocking setup meant that I had one'side' free. I was able to expand out quickly and dominate newly discovered tiles far away from others. Is this simply how it works and people just need to be aware and stop the'free' player or are there alternate setups for less than 6?
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Jonathan C
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The tiles you added to the board were still available for others to add species or elements. So I am not sure what you mean by "far away", unless you are implying nobody uses speciation, only migration, to expand.
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Steven Steck
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Yes, that's just how it is. You're not the only one who's free to expand though, as the player on the other side of the open hex is in the same situation as you are.
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Sky Zero
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Sounds like you we're playing less experienced players because I wouldn't have let that happen
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skyzero wrote:
Sounds like you we're playing less experienced players because I wouldn't have let that happen


First turn glaciation would have shut that right down. but I don't know that you're describing such a huge advantage. Speciation lets other animals move right in, often with greater numbers.
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Curt Carpenter
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CrankyPants wrote:
First turn glaciation would have shut that right down.

More likely in my group for glaciation to hit someone's starting space than an expansion space that two players are next to and fighting over.
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Luke Stirling
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I live with this unrealistic hope that "fewer" is not yet a dead word in English. I guess I'm just going to have to accept that I'm going to one day become a crazy old man in the retirement home who drives the nursing stuff mad with my incomprehensible grammar rants.
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paralipsis wrote:
I live with this unrealistic hope that "fewer" is not yet a dead word in English. I guess I'm just going to have to accept that I'm going to one day become a crazy old man in the retirement home who drives the nursing stuff mad with my incomprehensible grammar rants.


Seeing as they are interchangeable, Yes your living with unrealistic hope.

Check http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fewer_vs._less#_ and look under historical. One guy said it it was his preference and a bunch of other people decided to agree. It might be their preference by its not a rule.
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Luke Stirling
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abodi wrote:
One guy said it it was his preference and a bunch of other people decided to agree. It might be their preference by its not a rule.

I know. I just always thought it was productive to help reinforce the distinction between countable and uncountable nouns. Language doesn't have to conform to my demands, but it was a nice thing while it lasted.

Not to mention that when it comes to the comparisons using numbers, this distinction is somewhat useful. 5.7 is "less than" 6, whereas "fewer" denotes measurement of only discrete whole number quantities of things. But at this point it seems like almost as much as an uphill battle as trying to reintroduce case marking in English.

Sorry. Just getting in practice for my retirement home rants.
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Shadrach wrote:
I have so far only played once, 5 players. The interlocking setup meant that I had one'side' free. I was able to expand out quickly and dominate newly discovered tiles far away from others. Is this simply how it works and people just need to be aware and stop the'free' player or are there alternate setups for less than 6?



Irrelevant...

It's much more valuable to point out a player who is going to populate all of the 7 glacier tiles and score a boatload of point rather than worry about an insignificant territory at the beginning of the game.

Others will Migrate/Speciate there if there are points to be gained..
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Josh, just to support what others have said, I suspect it was player inexperience that allowed this to happen. It is not a Euro in the sense you do not need to be pro active. It is a self balancing game as long as everyone spots the dangers, which they will after a game or two. I would not care much if I started out on one tile with one species. Or none for that matter.

The players opening positions have no real impact on the game in reference to winning advantages (which is why those who moan about being wiped out on turn one are completely wrong in my opinion)
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