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Subject: Why the 5" away from edge? Should it be 6"? rss

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Zenvious
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Working on my playmat for this game and I just realized something.... why is it recomended the homeworlds be 5" away from the table edge?

At first I (like I believe many others) assumed this was to allow you to backtrack slightly to create a protected area behind your homeworld. However, on measuring things, I discovered even a system connected with a 2" lane cannot fit in there (aka a system plus a 2-length Lane is about 6" long, not 5").

As such, should the measurements be 6" from the table edge? Because, if not, should you assume there is no space behind your homeworld to explore? If it is the latter, that does make some sense as you are forced to then explore TOWARDS your rivals.

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It's so you move towards everyone else.
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I also want to point out that the setup is just the recommended setup. After you have some experience with the game, your group might find that you'd like to modify the play area by making it smaller or larger, or placing the homeworlds closer or farther from each other. These changes will impact the pacing of the game as well as the aggression level, which might suit your group's playstyle better.
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Even though you can't explore completely the opposite direction, it still widens the angle so you can move away from the other players to some extent. Though why the exact figure of 5" is a fair question, I don't really know why they settled on that figure. For me a figure of 0, 5 or 6 is more than outweighed by the shape of the area you're playing on.
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goo It will be interesting to see if this recommendation and the general set up changes with more players, when some expansions are out. After playing a number of games with the standard set up, I'm ready to start experimenting!
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DaveSumm wrote:
Even though you can't explore completely the opposite direction, it still widens the angle so you can move away from the other players to some extent. Though why the exact figure of 5" is a fair question, I don't really know why they settled on that figure. For me a figure of 0, 5 or 6 is more than outweighed by the shape of the area you're playing on.


Dave said exactly what I was going to. Any space behind you allows you to angle away from your rivals at first. But the space of the play area (square, triangle, circle, etc) makes a much bigger difference. Personally, I will always play on a circle if at all possible.
 
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For the games that the GF9 team setup at Gen Con, the starting positions were more like 3"-4" from the edge. Also, a four-faction game was played on a large rectangular area, which seemed to work well. See below image.




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Dimensions?

This is what I have in mind, since my table, like most others, is a rectangle.
 
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I never measured the mat they used. Those are two standard plastic 6' banquet tables pushed against each other, under the table cloth, if that helps. (Aren't they 30" wide)? (That also explains the crease in the playmat as the two tables weren't level).

Anyway, my game arrives today and I'm planning on using a 3'x4' starfield gaming mat I have. I think a 3'x4' mat would be perfect for a rectangular table. Perhaps too big for a three-faction game? If so, then simply border-off a portion of the mat, form one of the ends.

 
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Quoted by GF9 in the old GecCon thread:

The mats we used for our events were 48" x 60".
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chas59 wrote:
Quoted by GF9 in the old GecCon thread:

The mats we used for our events were 48" x 60".

I would assume the 48" dimension includes the players' areas. I.e., the actual play area looks to be 36" wide.

 
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You can fit a system connected via a 2 or 3 length space lane in the diagonal corner of the board.
 
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Is 36 by 36 the ideal space? Really hope so as I have a nice play mat for X-Wing I could use.
 
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FYI, my FLGS just received the official GF9 playmat today. It's nice.
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This is awesome news!
 
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bholmes4 wrote:
Is 36 by 36 the ideal space? Really hope so as I have a nice play mat for X-Wing I could use.


Ya just use that. For more players, you might want to break out 2 of them.
 
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