It has been said a lot that it's difficult to remember/learn all the locations, and that the spy gives himself away when he looks at the booklet.
Here's what I do with new players, and what I've found succesful. I also believe that this may work for experienced players: but it may change what type of questions the good guys will ask.
Before the game starts, draw 9 bags (or 16, or any number you feel is best). Place a single location card from each bag in the middle of the table, visible for everyone.
Now draw a random bag from those bags, and give each player a card from that bag, as usual.
Play the game as usual, and I like to swap out the single "used" location card each round for a random new one. I also think roles are an important part of the game, and shouldn't be ignored.
This variant does different things:
- obviously, you can only play with 7 instead of 8.
- remembering the locations isn't necessary
- non-spies should be more ambigious in order to hide their location
- since giving away their location is a real risk, non-spies should be looking at the possible locations
- the spy can get in on "artwork" questions and jokes, so the infamous "artwork" strategy isn't a problem anymore.
- the "feel" of the game may slightly change, since the balance "hiding/finding" changes for both teams. The good guys have to do a lot more hiding now, since finding out the location becomes a lot easier for the spy.
- Last edited Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:26 pm
I really like this! I feel like this is the missing link to make this game more enjoyable for all involved, experienced and new players alike.