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Francis K. Lalumiere
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Our first houserule is this: in a three-player game, we don't play with the Statue of Zeus.

Simply put, if a player takes the lead and buys the Statue of Zeus, it's game over. The only way for the other two to restore balance in the game would be to put pressure on the leader on two fronts. But the Statue of Zeus effectively renders that balancing mechanism inoperative, and that truly hurts the three-handed dynamic.

Anybody else went through the same experience?
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I experienced the EXACT same thing. I don't want to say its "game over," but it pretty much removes the possibility of ever losing a territory baring Queen of Sheba or something.

Hence, the player with the Statue can invest minimally in military and still put a strong push to grabbing that 5 Hero or to be leader in the tracks. It won't save a player whose fallen to far behind, effectively cuts the legs out from the game's balance mechanic, war.
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Yes. In the only three-player game I've played, the leading player (Carthage) bought the Statue of Zeus. To make matters worse, he bought Nabuchadnezzer.

My role in the game (as Rome) was to stop Carthage from winning, but I couldn't do much about that. Greece cooperated minimally to keep Carthage in check, but mostly Greece just let the war go on and then claimed victory by building 5 heroes/wonders.

So in this case the player with the statue DIDN'T win, but to be honest I still found that game frustrating.

Maybe for the next three-player game I'll remove Statue of Zeus and mix in some Atlas expansion heroes as per the expansion-mixing guidelines in the Atlas book.
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Drammattex wrote:
Yes. In the only three-player game I've played, the leading player (Carthage) bought the Statue of Zeus. To make matters worse, he bought Nabuchadnezzer.

My role in the game (as Rome) was to stop Carthage from winning, but I couldn't do much about that. Greece cooperated minimally to keep Carthage in check, but mostly Greece just let the war go on and then claimed victory by building 5 heroes/wonders.

So in this case the player with the statue DIDN'T win, but to be honest I still found that game frustrating.

Maybe for the next three-player game I'll remove Statue of Zeus and mix in some Atlas expansion heroes as per the expansion-mixing guidelines in the Atlas book.

We'll do the same thing in our next game.
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I encountered this today.

It wasn't game over, and I actually won with a pyramid build as Greece (Carthage had the Statue).

However, we did realise it is impossible to even get to the two southernmost provinces in Africa without purchasing Queen of Sheba.

From now on we will house rule the Statue out of three player games.
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