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Mike
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When beginning a new game, how do you go about setting up the asteroid, nebula and wormhole tiles? Do you do as the manual recommends and alternate turns placing them? If manually placing, do you have specific strategies in mind or do you just place them haphazardly in a random fashion?

For new players I plan on arranging them as demonstrated in the manual just to get the game going. As players get experienced I'll likely do the alternate manual placement, with the only rule being that both wormhole tiles need to be placed the same distance from starting ship locations. Haven't played yet, but figured I'd be placing some tiles directly in front of crystals in enemy territory to force careful navigation and slow thought processing.
 
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I just set them up symmetrically.
 
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Tekar wrote:
I just set them up symmetrically.

I've considered doing the same, but still allowing some control over manual placement. Basically one team drops a tile, while the other matches symmetrically on their side. Then the other team gets to choose a tile and spot while the opposite team matches. And this goes on until they're all placed.

Relegating the task of setting up the board seems like a good job for the captain (while present). Having some control over the board layout adds an extra layer of excitement to an otherwise passive role.
 
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We often have one of the players setting up the board just randomly "flick" the extras on the board. We then make sure it isn't too lopsided and then go - having it random and not symetrical allows it to be more fun once you begin flying.
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bivaterl wrote:
We often have one of the players setting up the board just randomly "flick" the extras on the board. We then make sure it isn't too lopsided and then go - having it random and not symetrical allows it to be more fun once you begin flying.

Nice. I'm a fan of the randomization this affords.

It would be cool if there's a smart phone app that allows for randomization of the tiles on the grid using a computed algorithm. I'll have to dig around and see if there's something out there which could allow for this or just program a normal website to do it.
 
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Ben, you've inspired me to create an excel file that randomizes the initial setup.

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/104998/setup-randomizer

Here's a web-based version: http://infinite-loop.org/games/dice-duel/
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Blazur wrote:
Ben, you've inspired me to create an excel file that randomizes the initial setup.

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/104998/setup-randomizer

Here's a web-based version: http://infinite-loop.org/games/dice-duel/

Thank you for that, just what I was looking for!
Runs great on my phone too, for online setup
 
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