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Jon Pessano
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All,

I am teaching the game to 3 people (for a total of 4) and was wondering what map we should use? Europe? W US? GB?

If it ends up being 5 people, what do you suggest?

I wasn't going to play with the event deck.

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With 3 I would go for Europe or Great Britain. With 4 use those if you want a tight game, otherwise Eastern US (I haven't played with Western US so can't comment on that one). With 5 I'd definitely go for US.
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jonpfl wrote:
All,

I am teaching the game to 3 people (for a total of 4) and was wondering what map we should use? Europe? W US? GB?

If it ends up being 5 people, what do you suggest?

I wasn't going to play with the event deck.

Thx
jonpfl


Western US is going to give you a wide open map which gives everyone to stake a claim in one area of the map and build from there while the smaller maps will have people bumping into each other pretty quickly. So if you don't want to start off with a lot of player interaction the Western map is a good one to use with newer players and its usually the one i use with a larger group of newer players. Plus the shifting color disk that with the cities (i cant remember what its called) makes the game a touch less forgiving as it opens up more options to make deliveries.
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From the Draft of the new RotW Rules Compendium. If course, YMMV.

Maps- Recommended Player Counts:
You can also use this chart as a guide to fine-tune your games to your preferred playing style. Smaller player counts lower direct competition, while larger player counts will result in a more cutthroat game. Interestingly, Railways Through Time allows you to simply adjust the number of boards you use to achieve the same effect.

2-Player
•Mexico
•Eastern U.S. with Glenn Drover Variant
•Railways through Time

3-Player
•Mexico
•North America
•Europe
•Railways through Time

4-Player
•North America
•Great Britain
•Europe
•Railways through Time

5-Player
•Eastern U. S.
•Western U.S.
•Europe
•Great Britain

6-Player
•Eastern U.S.
•Western U.S.

There is also currently a Kickstarter running form now till 2/14/17 for Railways of Nippon, which includes great deals on all of the RotW universe of expansions, components, and related games.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002188924/railways-of-...

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DragonCat wrote:
From the Draft of the new RotW Rules Compendium. If course, YMMV.

Maps- Recommended Player Counts:
You can also use this chart as a guide to fine-tune your games to your preferred playing style. Smaller player counts lower direct competition, while larger player counts will result in a more cutthroat game. Interestingly, Railways Through Time allows you to simply adjust the number of boards you use to achieve the same effect.

2-Player
•Mexico
•Eastern U.S. with Glenn Drover Variant
•Railways through Time

3-Player
•Mexico
•North America
•Europe
•Railways through Time

4-Player
•North America
•Great Britain
•Europe
•Railways through Time

5-Player
•Eastern U. S.
•Western U.S.
•Europe
•Great Britain

6-Player
•Eastern U.S.
•Western U.S.

There is also currently a Kickstarter running form now till 2/14/17 for Railways of Nippon, which includes great deals on all of the RotW universe of expansions, components, and related games.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002188924/railways-of-...



Already backed!!!

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If you are teaching the game and it ends up going to 5 players, I would advise against the Great Britain map. I think new players would be frustrated with the lack of building room. Stick with either of the the 2 US maps for 5-player.
 
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danrodz wrote:
makes the game a touch less forgiving as it opens up more options to make deliveries.

I think you meant "a touch more forgiving", right?
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All,

We had 4 players so I opted for Europe and it worked fine.

I kept the cards and barons out of it for the first time but in hindsight, I think I should have added them as bidding was pretty lame.

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Jon Pessano
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All,

I am teaching my wife and another friend tonight so we have 3. I am curious why GB isn't listed for 3. Any ideas why?

I want to have a more wide open game as my wife usually shies away from conflict so I was thinking of using Europe or GB.

Thoughts?

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I agree with most of what has been written here.

UK is my favorite 4-player map.

Europe is OK for 4, but we see people running out of things to do towards the end.

Railways Through Time scales to any player count.

Western US is good with 5 or 6.

Eastern US is best with 6. In our experience, it's too open even with 5.
 
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