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Hi,

We are a group that play boardgames about once every other month. we usually play about 2-3 games per occasion and we do not play the same game more then 2-3 times(usually). If the game have been really fun we could take it up years later but its not often.

This means that for the most part we will not have much experience with each game that we play.

So the question is, will a game like Fire in the Lake work with this?

What Im concern with is that some of the fractions is a bit harder to play if you dont have experience in the game. This will probably result in a unbalanced game maybe even for the second time?

Waht do you think about this?
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Eric Guttag
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Hey Snowjim,

As a playtester, and as much as I love FITL, playing it only 2-3 times per year at most is probably not going to work for your board game group. For those who really like it, FITL is a game that will be played many times each month. In particular, there are 120 Event Cards in the combined deck, and for 2-3 plays you're likely not to see all of the Cards. (If you play the Short or Medium Scenarios, you'll only see, at most 24 or 48 of that Cards of each deck.) Also, learning the rules of FITL is a time investment, and if you're only going to play it say 2-3 times per year at best, there are other games that would be more fitting for your board game group. I could be wrong, but that's my 2 cents.
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I agree with Eric. FitL is the type of game that rewards multiple plays. Ive played it 4 times now and The lightbulb just turned on during our last match as far as tactics/ strategy is concerned.

Our first couple of games my opponent and I basically just traded taking events, the game was long and drawn out and I was left feeling a little deflated after how great I anticipated the game to be. But after each successive play the little nuances of the game slowly appeared. Figuring out that not taking, or blocking events was just as important as taking them. Playing to restrict your opponent to a Limited Operation is hugely powerful and as our understanding of the gameplay deepens so does the enjoyment of the game.
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I agree with the others, but I think FitL will change your boardgame group and you will end up playing it multiple times like the rest of us. Our group typically moves on like you describe, but this one won't get off the table.
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Thanks all! I will take this game up for discussion in the group as see if they are willing to invest some extra time.
 
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Snowjim wrote:
We are a group that play boardgames about once every other month. we usually play about 2-3 games per occasion and we do not play the same game more then 2-3 times(usually).


There's no way I would want to invest the nontrivial time and effort to learn the rules of this game (a more fundamental concern than game balance or worrying about learning good strategies for each faction) if I expected to play the game only at most 2 or 3 times.
 
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To put up an analogy: this game is like walking around in the dark. The first couple of plays have you stumbling, reaching out for hand holds and using your shins as furniture finders. As time passes, you tend to get a feel for the game and your eyes adjust to seeing opportunities as they arise.

If you're really interested in the game, it plays wonderfully over e-mail.
 
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