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I've played this 2 or 3 times with a group of 3, and I don't think anyone has ever made it back to the sub in any round. Is it just my 7yo being too greedy, picking up everything he lands on, that is screwing with the mechanics of the game? Or could we be missing something? Everybody online seems to love this game, and I'm sitting over here wondering if I'm ever going to play again, because it just didn't seem possible to ever make it back to the sub.

How long does a typical game last? Is it supposed to be more than a couple of minutes?

Do people make it to the second level of chips in the first round? Or do you stay in the first level?

I feel like I've got to be doing something wrong, but maybe it's just that it plays better with a larger group?
 
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It is perfectly possible to never make it back to the sub.

Being too greedy could be a cause. It is a push-your-luck game after all.

Remember that treasures that fallen players had, fall to the end of the line (in stacks of 3s) and the line is compressed after removing the empty circle tiles.

It's quite possible to make it to the 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th level treasures on the third round.

If you have any questions, I did make a how to play video in the videos section.
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Are you removing the rounded tiles after each round? On the third one it´s easy to get pretty deep and get back up...
 
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Thank you! I'll take a look at the video. We are removing the round/blank chips, and stacking up the dropped ones at the end. Sounds like I just have my child to blame.
 
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Larger groups will typically be able to go deeper since you skip occupied spaces, but you can still get pretty far by the end of round 3 with 3 players. I would say with 3 players it might be risky getting to the the 2nd tier of treasures on round one. How many treasures are people grabbing at once? Usually I don't pick up any more than 2 until I'm on my way back.
 
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Donkler wrote:
How many treasures are people grabbing at once? Usually I don't pick up any more than 2 until I'm on my way back.


It's usually better not to pick any up until you're about to turn back, and if somebody does pick a chip up that's a good signal that it's probably wise to turn round ASAP.
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The game is susceptible to groupthink, but if everyone always just drowns, just turn back really quickly and win the game. When they see that, behaviors and patterns will change, and the experience should improve.
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Not only do you push your luck in the game, you actually push everybody else's luck at the same time. If somebody decides to go deep, it becomes risky for everyone. So as said above it can easily happen that nobody makes it back. There's a better chance in the later rounds of getting some treasure, but one deep diver makes it more dangerous for everyone.
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jtakagi wrote:
The game is susceptible to groupthink, but if everyone always just drowns, just turn back really quickly and win the game. When they see that, behaviors and patterns will change, and the experience should improve.

This. If no one is getting back to the boat then everyone is going too deep. Turn back early, just pick up 1 token, and win.
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usually i go down twice per round - picking up on the second roll. then turn around and try to pickup 1 more (maybe 2) on the way back up. i rarely pass out and frequently win with that simple strategy!
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telos81 wrote:
usually i go down twice per round - picking up on the second roll. then turn around and try to pickup 1 more (maybe 2) on the way back up. i rarely pass out and frequently win with that simple strategy!


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moorwild wrote:
telos81 wrote:
usually i go down twice per round - picking up on the second roll. then turn around and try to pickup 1 more (maybe 2) on the way back up. i rarely pass out and frequently win with that simple strategy!


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