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Subject: Pick Picknic as a two-player game? rss

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Matt F
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Hello,

This game looks like it has just the right weight, duration and mechanics for my family, but I most often play with just my wife.

So, I'm curious, how well does this play as a two-player game? I see it's not really recommended as a two-player by "the community," but I'd like to hear from some of those who actually play it two player.

Thanks!

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Hmm. I think I've played this 2 player. One problem we found is that there is no rule what you're supposed to do if you accidentally play 2 cards of the same colour. You'll need to house rule that.

This game is fun, but it's very random. I played a game once which was won by a young child picking random cards from their hand!

Have you tried Incan Gold? It's a similar category of game but I like it much more.
 
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Thanks for your thoughts.

Yes, I've played Incan Gold, and I do like that game as well.
 
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The missus and I enjoyed it with two players. It's light and quick and has some fun guessing and second-guessing, but usually the decisions seem pretty obvious based on what cards you happen to draw. Thus, it is definitely better with more. With only two players, there are no possibilities for a fox catching many chickens. If you don't happen to have a chicken in a certain color offering high-value grain, there are no other players to compete for it. I would play it again, but I would not recommend the game specifically for 2P games.

We are excited, because the daughter is probably just about old enough to learn it!
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Just to clarify, in 2 or 3 player games, each player plays TWO cards each round, you know that right? So the rules are a little different.
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manukajoe wrote:
Just to clarify, in 2 or 3 player games, each player plays TWO cards each round, you know that right? So the rules are a little different.

If that was directed at me, then yes, I am well aware. But each player may only play one card of each color. Thus, in a 2P game, the most you could capture with a fox is one fowl. And foxes will never duel, since there will never be a fowl to fight for.

With 3P, the 2 cards per player works a bit better, but the game is still more exciting with 5 or 6 players, when there is a chance of several or even all of the players picking the same location and lots of animals showing up.
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I've played it a lot of time two player over the years primarily with Daughter the Elder. It's not quite as good as four player, but still fun and works well.
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