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JJ Micromegas
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Hello, just wondering if you think the game could be played with 6 players, assuming that you have the KS exclusives plus the 5-player expansion.

Other than extra time I don't see why not. Cards won't be an issue as I already play with 5 players using the KSE exclusives, each player just starts with 6 or 7 cards rather than 8.
 
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Seth Dodson
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Not enough room on the board, IMO.
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Dillon Flaherty
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Think it would be a bit overcrowded space-wise, along with upsetting the balance that already can swing quite a bit in 5 player games.
 
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Jeff Wagner
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Not enough room?!? It's a game of epic battles and conquest. You want room, take it!

Balance issues?!? It's Ragnarok & Roll for me. The only thing better than 3 player Blood Rage is 4 player Blood Rage. Guess what's better than 4 player Blood Rage? That's right - 5 player Blood Rage.

I wish I had those exclusive Rams and a few extra cards to get a 6 player game going.

It would probably be an imbalanced, chaos filled mess, but I'm betting it would be an incredibly exciting chaos filled mess.
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PJ Cunningham
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I think it'd be fine.

The 5th and 6th player in turn order could be hampered a bit. Might need a slight rules mod to mitigate that a little.
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Becq Starforged
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I would say that:
* nothing in the game mechanics is incompatable with 6
* the game would be considerably tighter, and likely more "swingy" as players get caught in various crossfires
* game time would increase, as would downtime
* balance -- hard to say (try it and find out, I guess!)

Regarding the turn order issue PJ brought up, I'd suggest moving the first player marker by two positions each age; that should even that aspect up somewhat.

If you try it, be sure to post your impressions!
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Thaddeus MacTaggart
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ironregime wrote:
I think it'd be fine.

The 5th and 6th player in turn order could be hampered a bit. Might need a slight rules mod to mitigate that a little.

I don't really see any substantial objections, either.

Especially if you have the mystics, some extra monsters you should have more than sufficient cards to draft from. Sure, it may become a tad crowded on the board, but that also offers more/other opportunities.
 
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Ivan Alaiz
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This was discussed in the variants forum a while ago, I tried it once and it worked well, these are the adjustments I made (you need the KS material for that obviously although it can be achieved with 2 core games and some paint I guess...)


1- Setup as with 5 players.
2- During Gods gift phase the province destroyed during the rangarok is also restored (this kept board size pressure a bit lower during late game).
3- Cards: Add all optional kickstarter monsters and 5 player cards, deal 7 cards instead of 8 to each player and discard 1 instead of 2 at the end of the draft.
 
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JJ Micromegas
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Those are good ideas, however, rather than restoring each province that is destroyed by Ragnorak I suggest only doing this at the end of the first age. That way you still get some crowding effect at the third ange and it also makes sense with the progression:

3-players: destroy 2 provinces at the beginning of the game
4-players: destroy 1 province at the beginning of the game
5-players: destroy 0 provinces at the beginning of the game
6-players: Only destroy a province at the end of second age.
 
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Ivan Alaiz
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JJMicromegas wrote:
Those are good ideas, however, rather than restoring each province that is destroyed by Ragnorak I suggest only doing this at the end of the first age. That way you still get some crowding effect at the third ange and it also makes sense with the progression:

3-players: destroy 2 provinces at the beginning of the game
4-players: destroy 1 province at the beginning of the game
5-players: destroy 0 provinces at the beginning of the game
6-players: Only destroy a province at the end of second age.


That was my first thought as well but I thought that 1 extra player on the third age puts significant more pressure than just one province... I think both would work fine though :-)
 
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Ian Ulaidh
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Anyone ever try combing with another base set?, 8 players anyone??? Repaint/recolour the base rings, you add as many cards as required.
Modify the board say add a province to each realm? (you have extra pillage/Ragnarok tokens whatever)
absolute chaos
 
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Jeff Wagner
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I bought a 2nd 5-player expansion, painted the bases, figures and player mat purple and have a set with a Ram-Green and a Ram-Purple for a total of 6 players. (Nothing from the kick-starter, all retail items)

Used both sets of 5 player expansion cards, each player gets 8 cards to start, drafts 6 as per normal rules. Debated about Ragnarok, but finally settled on using the 5 player rules as written, destroy 1 after each age.

Had no issues with space, invading, movement or anything. Just played like the 5 player game, but with 6 clans vying for viking glory.

It was as epic as you can imagine with a massive battle that took a total of 17 strength to win, the combatants tied at 16 and all participants perished (around 15 figures) much to my delight as I was not involved!

I finished second with 140 glory, while the champion on that day amassed 148 glory to claim the Odin-All Father trophy.

I would highly recommend to fans of Blood Rage in need of a 6 player variant. Very massive, very competitive and action packed right down to the final age!
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Michael Pflug
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I've got a friend who will celebrate his birthday today. He and his wife love King of Tokyo, and always ask me to bring it with me. I bought him his own copy of KoT as a birthday gift, but I also want to introduce them to Blood Rage today. Because if you think about it, it kinda scratches the same itch (Dudes on a map, players hitting each other, massive chaos).

There will be 6 people in total, so I will see how it works out. Thanks for all of your helpful tips. I think this might work!
 
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