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Subject: How about a short game variant for each book? rss

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David Cheng
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I love this game. I don't mind the down time but still the game is way too long for a full game of 4-5P (usually over 6 hours).

I think if there is a short game variant or scenario for each book which can be completed in under three hours, it will make the game more accessible.

Let say for the book one game, set up is just as normal but we can give extra VPs for Heathen patriarchs staying on map at the end of book one.

Any ideas for set up for book two & book three? I wish the set up could be based on history/bible but I don't know the exact position of each tribes at start of each era.

I'm also looking for ideas to compensate for the weaker team in book two & book three? Any suggestions?

 
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Henrik Johansson
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In my review I made the same wish: "A forum fan of the game could possibly contribute with setup and victory conditions for Book 1, 2 and 3". We don't really need the correct historical setup, if there were just a lot of recorded plays between able players in tight games (like the snellman on-line site for TM) we could use that. Without data the task is quite hard due to the asymmetry. So it is never going to happen, unless the game miraculously became very popular among computer programmer hobbyists, like TM.

And I must bump my variant Fixed turn order: Avoid long down-time. The long downtime brought the verdict "non-playable" upon the game when I tested it once in my group. More thumbs, please!
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David Cheng
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I've researched the historical maps around start of book 2 & book 3.

Here are the set up based on historical maps :

Book two



Book three



Any comments?
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David Cheng
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I forgot the city & temple placement.

For Book Two, place one city each in Tyre, Hazor, Samaria, Ashkelon and Hebron. Place a temple and the Ark in Samaria too.

For Book Three, place one city each in Tyre, Hazor, Samaria, Ashkelon and Jerusalem. Place a temple and the Ark in Jerualem too.

What do you think? Any suggestions & corrections?
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