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Derek Rowe
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How many of you play this game using the Total History optional rule? Do you play this game exclusively using it? I am about to embark on my first teaching and playing of the game and was curious on how other BBGers approach the game.
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Jon Horne
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We tried it last game, but we also seeded the deck so that each player got a random civilization that could legally start in Age 1. It worked pretty well, in my opinion. We unfortunately were never able to schedule our second session, so I can't tell you how it might have worked out in the long run.
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Wendell
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I've played that optional several times. Along with the option (forget its name) where you can dump your entire starting hand and draw again, to help if you didn't draw an Age 1 empire.
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Chris Broggi
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We only play it starting from Age 1 and dealing everyone an Age 1 empire from the start.
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Tom Cannon
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broggi wrote:
We only play it starting from Age 1 and dealing everyone an Age 1 empire from the start.


This is how we usually play it. A four player game can be finished in a 3-day weekend playing through all day each day.
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Hideyuki Nonoyama
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We'll play this game on July 16th-17th with 7 players.
May be with "Total History".
I know we can't play through in such short period.
So we will play continuation in other days.
Nevertheless, our all 7 players insist we must play with "Total History".(I think.whistle )
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Michael Dillenbeck
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Not going to lie, I'm a bit envious that you all have groups that support playing total history. I've only gotten a few games in so far, and those either get called after an age or a specific time due to no one wanting to push through the game so long.

Oh well, maybe one of these days I'll be able to get in a total history. I'm a bit excited as I'll be able to get in my first 6 hour 3+ player game tomorrow... so at least I have that.

If I were to play total history, I've decided that I'd pull the age 1 unconditionally empires and shuffle those, then deal one to each player, then shuffle them back into the rest of the deck and deal the rest of the hand.

So, those who play total history - how long are your games?
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Verbosity wrote:


So, those who play total history - how long are your games?


Pretty long. Last year we played a total history game. I think it was something like 15-20 hours. That's an estimate and obviously we played over more than one session, didn't have a chess clock going for an accurate count!
 
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I've only played it 3 times. The first two, I don't know how long because we played over a number of nights. The third time was a six player game that took two 12-hour days. We didn't quite finish it, but it was obvious at that point who was going to win.
 
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