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Subject: 2p variant: no planets in Galactic Center rss

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instinctive
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Variant: The Galactic Center has no planets. The GC still has the GCDS, Discovery, and is still worth 4VP.

Rationale: In 2p, whoever takes the Galactic Center will win the majority of games. The player who takes the GC is likely the player who was more fortunate in early explorations. By removing the planets, the GC is no longer self-supporting, and possession is a drain on your empire.

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Tahsin Shamma
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I can see the rationale for this.

Instead of planets, you might give 2 Discovery tiles.
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Note that this variant can be used on the iOS app by agreement with your opponent ahead of time
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I think it's a very good idea.

My wife and I tried something similar in a single 2-player game recently. We tried removing the Galactic center system entirely, replacing it with three explorable systems from the I-pile, with our home systems on either side of those three, II-systems surrounding the three center systems, and five explorable III-systems outside that. It worked pretty well as a two-player variant, we thought. It made the game more tense and less static, we felt.
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We have done this as well, it Neuters Eridani and to a lesser extent Orion.
 
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