FEF: The Flat Earth Factor
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AKA...Playing Close To The Edge

Have you every played a tile-laying game where the edge of the table factors into the game?

Then you've experienced the Flat Earth Factor, where you create a house rule that a tile can't hang off the table edge, forcing you to play it somewhere else or [gasp!] move the whole board!
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These two guys don't have it easy, because the FEF affects most of the Carcassonne's.
 
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The FEF is huge with this game, especially when you get a great sea foam trail to follow and it goes off the edge.
 
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There have been times when we have to scoot the path back from the edge of the table. We've usually got this mondo head-to-head battle going on, and we're adding cards to the path on each turn to stop the other player from going out.
 
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This thing takes up lots 'o space.
 
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Although the game limits itself to a 7x7 grid, the players choose where the boundries are with the laying of cards. The picture shows the 'flat earth' factor in action!!

Of course this game has the additional 'earth screws you" factor with it's game ending volcanos.
 
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While not a tile laying game, this can easily have you going the edge of a table. We played this on a very large table and it still wasn't big enough... The floor is the only way to go for this one.
 
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This game actually considers this problem in the rules. Everyone is on an iceberg. The edge of the table is the edge of the iceberg and cards cannot be played in the ocean.
 
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To be honest, anyone who tries to play Trias on a smallish table deserves what he gets, but you have to make sure you have a table large enough to account for the drift.
 
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The instructions actually specify that if more playing room is needed, players must extend the playing surface with wood and nails.
 
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Not a true tile laying game, but the problem arises here as well.

(Feel free to delete if this isn't suitable as not 'flat earth'.)
 
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The 8x8 grid drifts.
 
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You never know for sure which part of the table will be burned down at the end of this game.
 
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The race ends when the first car essentially drops off the end of the table: thus, you can alter play time by the size of the table.
 
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Hive can move a lot, allthough it rarely lasts long enough to reach the edge of the table.
 
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this is a real problem with this game........if the table is to small......oops there go's your ship flying off the table. i got a map and started playing on the floor.
 
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