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Bradley Shadrix
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When playing with the experts, do you still remove six tiles when setting up a 2/3 player game? For several of the modules, you are suppose to remove three tiles during set up. If you played with all of the modules and the normal 2/3 player rules , you could be removing 15 tiles during set up. This seems like a lot.

Is this done to keep the game at 45 minutes or is there some other reason? If I like a longer game with the possibility of drawing any tile, could I play with all the tiles? Is there another issue I'm not seeing?

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Anthony Beurivé
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I would really like to know the answers to these questions, too.

In the meantime, you can always have a look at this great variant: a-natural-topology-variant-for-2-3-and-5-players by icarusmustburn, and remove as few tiles as possible.
 
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I think the answer to the original question is, yes, if you want to play by the strict reading of the rules.

In almost 20 games of Ginkgopolis, I have never removed any tiles, either with the expansion or without. I have always been of the opinion that more tile draws allow for more strategy. I cannot imagine the game is improved by removing any of them.
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Red Wraith
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I'm only guessing but maybe removing tiles shall increase the chance of the tiles running out. In that case, the players can trade tiles for success points. If you don't remove any tiles, the games often will end because one player has used up all of his resources.

Having to decide which tiles to trade for success points is an interesting part of the game.

This would also explain why further 3 tiles have to be removed from the game per expansion module. If you wouldn't remove 15 tiles in your example, you would probably never run out of tiles in a 2 player game because there are so many expansion tiles in the game which can be taken by the players instead of standard tiles.
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Ok. Red Wraith may have inadvertently answered the question I had about the expansion. So the tile removal costs are cumulative per module? Good to know.
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