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What is the best way to limit alpha players in Forbidden Dessert?
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We've found alpha to be much less of a problem in this game than in Pandemic or Forbidden Island, as there is much more variability.

But if you must, consider a traitor variant. It's harder for a leader to convince others to do things when he might actually but be part of the team at all, but working to make sure no one escapes with the desert's secrets.
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Be honest and tell them to chill out for everyone else's sake.
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virferrorum wrote:
Be honest and tell them to chill out for everyone else's sake.


Exactly. It is not a game problem it is a player problem.
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Really a good idea
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I am asking because Alpha gamers are not always bad people. Sometimes it just comes naturally and they honestly do not mean to do it. they are trying to be helpful.

Just seeing if there is a way to limit it that is all
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shallowz wrote:
I am asking because Alpha gamers are not always bad people. Sometimes it just comes naturally and they honestly do not mean to do it. they are trying to be helpful.

Just seeing if there is a way to limit it that is all


You could force everyone to give and opinion or hide your equipment cards, but unless your alpha gamer is self-aware and willing to change, the difficult but truthful answer is that a co-op game is just not their thing.
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shallowz wrote:
What is the best way to limit alpha players in Forbidden Dessert?


Define "Alpha Gamer"
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shallowz wrote:
I am asking because Alpha gamers are not always bad people. Sometimes it just comes naturally and they honestly do not mean to do it. they are trying to be helpful.

Just seeing if there is a way to limit it that is all

An approach I have heard people use with other co-ops (such as Pandemic) is to get everyone to agree to the house rule: You cannot give advice unless asked.

A stricter version is: You can't talk about the game unless it's your turn, or to answer a question from the player whose turn it is.
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peakhope wrote:
shallowz wrote:
I am asking because Alpha gamers are not always bad people. Sometimes it just comes naturally and they honestly do not mean to do it. they are trying to be helpful.

Just seeing if there is a way to limit it that is all

An approach I have heard people use with other co-ops (such as Pandemic) is to get everyone to agree to the house rule: You cannot give advice unless asked.

A stricter version is: You can't talk about the game unless it's your turn, or to answer a question from the player whose turn it is.


I like that!
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peakhope wrote:
shallowz wrote:
I am asking because Alpha gamers are not always bad people. Sometimes it just comes naturally and they honestly do not mean to do it. they are trying to be helpful.

Just seeing if there is a way to limit it that is all

An approach I have heard people use with other co-ops (such as Pandemic) is to get everyone to agree to the house rule: You cannot give advice unless asked.

A stricter version is: You can't talk about the game unless it's your turn, or to answer a question from the player whose turn it is.


If a gaming group is at the point where they need to make extreme rules such as these in order to deal with alpha gamers, then maybe that's a sign that their group just isn't cut out for co-op games. Without open communication, it becomes extremely difficult to formulate strategies and coordinate your actions with other players, which is particularly important when gathering everyone together on a water tile or on the launch pad to win the game. What's the point in playing a co-op game if you're putting limits on everyone's ability to cooperate? It's just a shame that a whole group has to be stifled just to limit a single overbearing alpha gamer.
 
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