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seth van orden
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Has anyone had success with an alternate method of selecting factions and player mats?

So far we’ve only picked them randomly as stated in the rules. This can be quite disappointing when you pick a faction or player mat you’ve recently played or you dislike.
I personally feel the player mat makes a bigger difference then the faction.

I was considering doing a snake draft, similar to catan or smash up. The first player picks either a faction or player mat of their choice. After the last player goes they select their second mat in reverse order. Of course disallowing a player from picking 2 player mats or two faction mats. Thoughts?

I would also assume this would help in cases where players feel the faction or player mats aren’t balanced because they have more choice in the matter.
 
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Trevor Schadt
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Has anyone tried drafting factions and player mats?
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seth van orden
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ryudoowaru wrote:


Thanks!
 
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You can also just pick factions that you want to play. I think player mats are best randomized, as that's part of the puzzle of Scythe. But with the factions, if there's one you like or don't like, just don't take it--pick another one.
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jameystegmaier wrote:
You can also just pick factions that you want to play. I think player mats are best randomized, as that's part of the puzzle of Scythe. But with the factions, if there's one you like or don't like, just don't take it--pick another one.


Do you think I could do it the other way around? Pick the player mat and get a random faction. I have found my preference in player mat is a lot stronger than my preference for a faction.

Good Game Jamey
 
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Sure, that works too! Whatever is the most fun for you. I think the key is for at least one of them to be random (unless you've played Scythe a lot and want to try a different pairing that you haven't tried before). In my group, people usually state if they have a faction preference, and if they don't, they get a random assignment. Then the player mats are dealt randomly, and if someone already had that exact pairing, they can get another random mat instead.
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ryudoowaru wrote:

I tried drafting player and faction mats over the weekend. It was only a 3 player game and worked pretty well. It took a lot longer than just assigning randomly of course. And I was worried that I had made the wrong choice immediately.

Maybe it would be better with more players, but I felt like there was too much to choose from.

I might try being able to pick one of the two and then randomly getting the other...
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We used an app (WhoFirst) to select which faction would NOT be used (Nordics were chosen). Then we each took a number from 1-4 and placed the 4 colors remaining (Red, yellow, black, and white) in the 'washing machine'. It spit out the colors in the following order: red, white, yellow, black. Thus, player 1 took the RussViet faction board; player 2 took Polania; 3 got Crimea (me); and 4 got Saxony.

Next we handed out the player boards RANDOMLY and White got @1 so went first. The rest of us went in clockwise order around the board - meaning RussViet was second (and also happened to get board #2); I was third with board #4, and board #3 went to the Saxon player.
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I generally go with a single mulligan on factions, and player mats to a lesser extent, so that no one gets stuck with the same thing multiple times. (unless they want to, ofc)
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We played again last night. We let a player pick either a player board or faction board, then after all had made their pick, they would randomly receive their second board.

It worked well.
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Five, soon to be seven, colored cubes in a bag for the faction. Then just a random shuffle to select the player mats. I agree some are better than other but that just makes the game more interesting to me. It adds another layer to trying to plan your way through the game.

 
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