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Dune might be the best game ever

Fat Tony
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My regular game group isn't getting together tonight because of Thanksgiving, so it's a good time to look back at last week's session, where we got in a 4-player game of Dune. I'm still thinking about it a week later, so that's a good sign.

I was vaguely aware of the game when I started hanging out on BGG, many years ago, and at one point I was fairly serious about making my own copy, or acquiring a copy of Rex: Final Days of an Empire. When this was announced, I was definitely curious, but I have a hard time justifying owning big, long games that require several people. So naturally, I was psyched when my friend bought a copy.

We had actually tried to play a week earlier, but due to a variety of factors, we weren't able to finish the game. That game featured the following factions:

Bene Gesserit
Spacing Guild

Our second, successful game featured these factions:


The game ended in round 10, with an Atreides victory. In an odd departure from canon, the Emperor and the Fremen had an alliance, and had actually met the Fremen victory condition heading into round 10, but we weren't able to hold on.

Everyone loved the game, but it's definitely a lot. The ability to ship in troops from off-world definitely threw a monkey wrench in everyone's plans at some point: it's just so different from every other game involving troop buildup, where it happens more slowly. Overall, though, the game lived up to everyone's hopes, and it really feels like Dune.

What are your thoughts on Dune? Any strategy tips, or thoughts on the various factions, expansions, or advanced rules?
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