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Subject: More to choose from.... (2/3 player game) rss

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Schout bij Nacht
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When playing a 2 or 3 player game you only get 3 projects and items/activities to choose from each round (replacing the ones that are chosen each turn).

We played it so that every round you get to choose from a pool of 4 projects and 4 items/activities (so basically playing with the 4 player rules). (We did maintain the rules for jobs and partners though (same number of cards as number of players)).

This slight rule-change increased the chance of getting a project with 'good health' as a level 4 reward. Which made sure that all players had a more equal chance of getting very old...

Any thoughts on this? What are possible negative effects of this rule-change?
 
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Jorge
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Schoutbijnacht wrote:
This slight rule-change increased the chance of getting a project with 'good health' as a level 4 reward. Which made sure that all players had a more equal chance of getting very old...
Remember that you can always lose 1 STH to refresh any one card row; you may repeat this multiple times, as long as it's before your action for the turn. So, if a player is in a desperate need of finding a heart, he can just lose STH to refresh the projects row. With that in mind, I'd just keep 3 projects for 2/3 player games.
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Trevor Schadt
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Schoutbijnacht wrote:
Any thoughts on this? What are possible negative effects of this rule-change?
By increasing the number of projects and items to 4, you are decreasing the urgency with which a player might need (or, at least, feel) to pursue a particular card. Is it going to break the game? Of course not. But in a game where the only real source of "player interaction" between players is drafting a card out from under another player -- as opposed to a more "standard" worker placement game, where the competition is for actions -- decreasing that tension even more will, I believe, strengthen the feeling that the game is "multiplayer solitaire."

Of course, YMMV.
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