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Subject: Colosseum with fewer markets? rss

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Francis K. Lalumiere
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Has anyone tried a 3-player game with only three markets, or a 4-player game with only four markets?
Seems like it might make resources a little more scarce. Because that's the only thing I don't like about the 3-player game: you can get pretty much whatever you want from the markets.

 
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Are you playing with the Intense Auctions variant, Francis? With that official variant, players can buy more than one market a turn, meaning that there's competition throughout the auction phase. There's less overall scarcity (you'll each have more items), but there should be more competition for the really good sets, which might be an improvement for you. We think it's definitely the better way to play the game.
 
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Larry, I admit I haven't tried the variant yet. I can see how it would put more heat on the auction phase with five players, but I'm not sure how it would help make things more difficult to get in a three-player game.
I guess I'll have to try the permutations and let you guys know what happened. I was sort of hoping someone had tried them already.
(Lazy me.)
 
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How did fiddling with the size of the markets work out? I had similar thoughts and am curious.
 
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Axelfudge wrote:
How did fiddling with the size of the markets work out? I had similar thoughts and am curious.

I have yet to try another game with less than five players! All the games I've played since my original post were five-handed. How often do you find yourself with TOO MANY gaming buddies?
I find myself in the stupidest of predicaments.
Damn.
 
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weishaupt wrote:
Axelfudge wrote:
How did fiddling with the size of the markets work out? I had similar thoughts and am curious.

I have yet to try another game with less than five players! All the games I've played since my original post were five-handed. How often do you find yourself with TOO MANY gaming buddies?
I find myself in the stupidest of predicaments.
Damn.


Ehehehe, and all you want to do is test out your idea... Sounds like you have to send someone home next time!
 
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Axelfudge wrote:

Ehehehe, and all you want to do is test out your idea... Sounds like you have to send someone home next time!

I see you're a fellow Canadian: maybe you could come over next time and--
Oh, nevermind.

 
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Axelfudge wrote:
How did fiddling with the size of the markets work out? I had similar thoughts and am curious.

Hey!
I finally tried another game of Colosseum today, with only three players. We played with the rule discussed above: as many markets as there are players.
And it worked wonders! It kept the game really tight, much like a five-handed game. Compared to my previous three-player games, where everyone could pretty much always get what they needed, this was tense and exciting.
I'll always use this houserule from now on.
Try it, guys!
 
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