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Sandro Gia
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Why is Java limited to 4 Players? can we play it with 5 or 6 Players?
The game wont be longer with more players because the amount of tiles is the same. We just need to add wooden pieces of another color for the 5th or 6th player.

What do you think?
 
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Michael Frost

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That is the way the game was designed. Of course, you'd really have to ask the celebrated game designers.

Let us know if you create your own 5-plyr variant. Be curious as to how it plays.

Java is prone to "analysis paralysis" (AP) for some players. Adding a 5th seems fraught with potential difficulty.
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Sandro Gia
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Maybe we just reduce the APs for each Player. Here some calculations:

In a 4 Player Game you wait 3 Players x 6AP = 18AP until your next turn.
So if we reduce the 6AP to 5AP you wait in a 5 Player Game 4 Players x 5AP = 20AP until your next turn. This won't be a much longer waiting time.
 
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Maarten D. de Jong
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With 5 and 6 players you throw the timing and strategic paths of the game, which are already somewhat problematic at 4, completely out of whack. So much will change in between turns that the game becomes all tactics. If that wasn't enough, the endgame will be murder on players 5 and 6; and the palace festivities won't work as well as can be. Under normal circumstances a significant amount of points can be obtained from being the only player present: that strategy is then done for.

In short: don't try this at home. Unless you don't give an eff about a quality gaming experience, of course.
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