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Subject: How does it play with 2? rss

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Michael Groll
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Hi there,
I did not have the time to watch all those video reviews so maybe my question has already been answered somewhere, but I'll still ask it here:
How does this play with just 2 players? Getting this right is always a tricky thing for these kind of games. What are the impressions of people who have played the prototype/review copy?
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Michael
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Ryan Gutowski

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Hey Michael. Our preview with the prototype just got approved here on BGG and we address the lower player count. We played with 3, 4 and 5 people at different times. I was not a fan of the 3 player and I think 2 player would suffer in the same way.

The game says that the last place player receives 0 points. With 3 players we found that if a person loses twice in a row, chances are that they are out of the game. You can probably remedy this by just giving them the points for third place and forgetting the 0 point rule. That was our issue with the lower player count.
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Matt Riddle
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Here are thoughts from another review as well

" So, what are Mrs. Inquisitive Meeple and my thoughts on 2-player? We find it enjoyable, we do keep coming back to it – but it certainly feels like the sweet spot of the game (due to hot spots ranking system) would be 4 or 5 players. 2-player games can be really swing-y. For example, here are some actual scores of our 2-players games 10-31, 10-35, 6-33, and 13-31. I don’t know if that is because one of us is horrible at the game, or if the other is a Climbing game savant or if it is the game itself. Though I suspect it may be the latter. Playing with 2-players only takes about 20 minutes and yet not a single one of our games feels like it took that long, it seemed like it took only half that time. Which is a sign of a good game, because it shows the game is not lagging on, but instead engaging us in a way that time flies by."
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