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is it possible to play 3 players with all the pieces? would we need to make a 6x6 grid for it to work?
 
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bubu91 wrote:
is it possible to play 3 players with all the pieces? would we need to make a 6x6 grid for it to work?

Yeah, it would need to be 6x6. If you get to play a few games, please share your experiences​.
 
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Sounds like a good variant! I think randomly removing tiles for three players, as directed by the rules, it's good for gameplay
 
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i don 't think that removing is a good ideea the game becomes too random for me. I like to know what tiles are in the deck
 
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I came up with a "Computer Player" variant, recreating a 4 player game:


Computer Player Variant (for 3 players)
Play the game as if it were a 4 player game, placing out 4 dominoes each round, and using one meeple of each color. One player piece is designated the Computer Player (to make it easy, you can lay it down on its side instead of having it stand). Determine the player order, and make the Computer Player 4th in turn-order.

Each player takes their turn like normal, and when it's the Computer Player's turn, it will take the higher value available tile. Therefore, the first round, it will grab whichever one is left. It will always follow that simple programming in all future turns.

Example: On the first round, players grab Tiles 1, 3, and 4 (in ascending value). The Computer Player will place its meeple on Tile 2. The subsequent round, four new tiles are laid out, and the player who took tile 1 chooses Tile 4. The Computer Player now follows its programming to claim the highest value available tile, which is now Tile 3.

The Computer Player will change player order frequently depending on what other players decide to grab, so it simulates somewhat decently, but very simply, what a 4th player would do. You don't build the kingdom of the Computer Player, nor score points for it. It's there to interact with the line-up of tiles each round, and allows all 48 tiles to be used each round.


I've tried this a few times and I've really enjoyed it. I'm happy to take some feedback if you'd like. Let me know if it resolves your concern. Thanks!
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it doesn't work with all tiles and a 6x6 grid in 3 player games you re left with holes in your kingdom, even if you are very efficient. also with 6x6 you can't keep your castle in the center of your kingdom
 
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bubu91 wrote:
it doesn't work with all tiles and a 6x6 grid in 3 player games you re left with holes in your kingdom, even if you are very efficient. also with 6x6 you can't keep your castle in the center of your kingdom

The 2-player variant of 7x7 will leave you with 1 hole minimum in your kingdom, but alas it is as close as you can get.

I don't find putting the castle in the center a big deal; I don't play with the "bonus" for doing so because that makes games feel samey.
 
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iamzimmer wrote:
bubu91 wrote:
it doesn't work with all tiles and a 6x6 grid in 3 player games you re left with holes in your kingdom, even if you are very efficient. also with 6x6 you can't keep your castle in the center of your kingdom

The 2-player variant of 7x7 will leave you with 1 hole minimum in your kingdom, but alas it is as close as you can get.

I don't find putting the castle in the center a big deal; I don't play with the "bonus" for doing so because that makes games feel samey.


whay do you mean by 1 hole minimum? i almost always manage to get a complete 7x7, but not always keep the castle in the middle haha
 
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bubu91 wrote:
iamzimmer wrote:
bubu91 wrote:
it doesn't work with all tiles and a 6x6 grid in 3 player games you re left with holes in your kingdom, even if you are very efficient. also with 6x6 you can't keep your castle in the center of your kingdom

The 2-player variant of 7x7 will leave you with 1 hole minimum in your kingdom, but alas it is as close as you can get.

I don't find putting the castle in the center a big deal; I don't play with the "bonus" for doing so because that makes games feel samey.


whay do you mean by 1 hole minimum? i almost always manage to get a complete 7x7, but not always keep the castle in the middle haha

Aye, math is hard.

The last time I had played a 7x7, I guess both of us hadn't gotten a perfect grid even though it is possible.
 
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iamzimmer wrote:

The 2-player variant of 7x7 will leave you with 1 hole minimum in your kingdom, but alas it is as close as you can get.


Nope, no hole. (7x7)-1 castle=48 tiles or 24 dominos.


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Here is an idea for 3 players, 2 of them playing as team. Use the team rules, putting 1-1 castles 4 tiles from each other so they can touch and combine kingdoms. The 1 player playing against the other 2 has 2 castles and controls 2 kings.
 
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