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Jim Patching
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I'm planning on running a Forstgrave campaign soon and at the moment I'm busy painting up models and getting terrain sorted out. There's going to be around 5 players. How big a playing area do you think would be appropriate for that many? I'm guessing 3 by 3 might be a bit too small.
 
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There's no reason why it has to be the same for each campaign game. Mixing it up will help each game to feel different.

Having said that, I'd say that 3'x3' is going to feel tight with 5 players but of course you may not get 5 for each game.

Have you considered a round table for awkward numbers (like 5)?
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Is it going to be a 5 player game or just a campaign with 5 players?

3x3 i think is great for 2-3 players, you're in a city with lots of terrain features so i like the tight everyone up in each others face...

Frostgrave isn't a game of balance so sometimes adding more chaos to the swingy dice is just what the doctor ordered!

Mind you i'm weird... some people just want to watch the world burn....
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I think 5 players makes it a bit difficult. If it's cut-throat, every wizard for him- or herself, how will they deploy? It would be *really cool* if you came up with a pentagonal board, equidistant from the center.

Other than that, I don't have lots of advice. :-)
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Gabriele Z.
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I'm currently playing a 3-players campaign, where most of games all players partecipate in a 3-way game. We play on a round table with a diameter just a tad shorter than 120cm/4ft. We feel the table quite-right-maybe-a-tad-large, so 4 players coild easily fit on it, maybe even 5.
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Jim Patching
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Thanks for the replies chaps. Main reason I'm asking is just so I can get an idea how much terrain I'm going to need to build/buy. Originally I was picturing a surface equal in size to my dining room table (which admittedly is a bit of an odd size - just over 6 foot long and about 3.5 feet wide). But perhaps even with 5 warbands that might seem like they were rattling around in all that space?
 
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3 x 3 is great for 2 & 3 player games. Looking at the table-size you have on offer, a 4.5 x 3.5 I reckon would do really well for 4 players and maybe 5.

But key to FG is terrain. Plenty of features, to break up L-o-S, provide some clever spots of cover, have some rooms within ruined buildings, alleyways, and don't forget you can take it 'upstairs' too, i.e., add some upper levels to some of the ruins, and parapets and walkways to walls, etc.
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Stuart Tonge
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I've been using 4x4 for 4 player games. It is plenty of room.
For some scenarios I cut it down to 3x3 or 3.5x3.5

Main thing with frostgrave is getting people to fight - make sure you put the treasures in places that forces some kind of confrontation, otherwise you get boring scenarios.
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